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MOUNTING WITH RESPECT

BEHAVIOUR ADAPTATION TO MOUNTING ISSUES: 
I have just been reading a NZ horsemanship website, and cringed with what I read regarding mounting and respect. There was a particular bug bear expressed from a horse trainer on there, going on to say that she hated it when a horse walks off when being mounted as it's , and I quote "DISRESPECTFUL".

Now that is a term I really don't like to use, and I've written a lot about respect surrounding equines on many occasions, and can assure every horse owner out there that this behaviour is not done as a disrespectful behaviour from any horse, which sort of implies that the horse is doing it on purpose, and is being "naughty" doesn't it, which I can assure you is not the case, and even if it was, it has nothing to do with respect.

WHEN YOUR HORSE IS EATING-PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.

THE PHOTO SHOWS OTTO SAVOURING HIS EVERY MOUTHFUL OF HIS BUCKET FEEDMy job is to study and read behaviour in horses, and I have to say I am always extremely disappointed to see people doing things to their horses whilst the horse is trying to eat their much prized daily bucket feed/s, or when the haynet is just put out etc...

Now you might not be aware of this, but from the horse's point of view, I have yet to see a horse who enjoys doing anything but eating their meal at feed time, and therefore I find it extremely unfair and disrespectful of the animals needs, for handlers to be trying to groom horses, or pick out hooves, or wrestle covers onto horses etc.

LEARNING TO READ A HORSE'S ESSENCE....

After working with behaviourally challenging and trauma horses for all these years, experience in this area has taught me that science cannot explain everything surrounding horses.

Therefore "Essence" is not something you can see, or will hear your average horse trainer talking about.....but after lifestyle, diet, tack and saddle assessments, I have found it to be a very real and vital component of gaining success and trust with horses.

So what exactly is a horses "essence" and how can being able to read it help you become a better horse person?

EQUINE BEHAVIOUR STUDIES-AN ARTICLE ON WHAT IS GRASS AFFECTED?

It's the bad grass season time again, and I devote a huge proportion of my time to helping horses that are adversely affected by eating high sugar toxic grasses, and our horse welfare organisation gives free advice as well as hands on help to the people that are struggling to care for these horses thankfully to very successful results…..but we still see a lot of confusion over horses and grass in our challenging NZ conditions, so I wanted to talk about what being “grass affected” actually means for your horse and how to cope with it, as well as why we suffer so badly with it here in New Zealand?

TOM DORRANCE-ONE OF THE GREATEST HORSE MEN THAT EVER LIVED.

The great Tom DorranceTom Dorrance has been named as one of the founding fathers of what is known as the "Natural Horsemanship" movement. It is due to his teachings that we have a lot of our top horsemen and women of today such as Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman and the Parellis etc...who all credit him, and his kind and gentle horse philosophy, as pivotal to their horsemanship journeys, and after studying him for the last ten years I couldn't agree more.

Tom was a truly remarkable man that was ahead of his time in all areas when it came to horses.

TEN STEPS ON HOW TO TURN AROUND A TROUBLED HORSE: FEEL FREE TO SHARE STEP 1; PROVIDE A LOW SUGAR DIET:

TEN STEPS ON HOW TO TURN AROUND A TROUBLED HORSE: 
STEP 1; PROVIDE A LOW SUGAR DIET: 
Just like kids can display negative behaviours from eating high sugar foods, horses can also get high from sugars too......and unless you are running a winning racehorse or other high energy equine competitor, there really is no place for sugar high behaviour in most domestic horses.
In fact most horse owner/handlers don't recognise that lush green cow-grass is full of fructans, which are sugars, and it's these that play a major factor in behavioural problems with our horses.

PRE RIDE ASSESSMENT AND GROUNDWORK = SAFETY:

So what are the benefits of groundwork.....

Playing games on the ground with your horse can be very rewarding for both horse and rider.....as well as can act as a clear assessment as to what mood and frame of mind your horse is in before you decide to ride ........and you really should do some groundwork with your horse before every ride as to monitor this.

For example.....if your horse was really disconnected during the groundwork session and was not complying with your requests, there is no way on earth you should be even thinking about getting on and riding.

LET YOUR HORSE BE A HORSE....and be aware of micromanaging his every move.

I witnessed a woman riding a horse earlier today, who micro managed that poor horses every move.....he was not allowed to go around the pot hole in the grass verge as that deviated him from her chosen path, he was not allowed to have more rein to go up a hill as she didn't trust that he needed it.....he was not permitted to speed up to gain more momentum to climb the steep terrain , nor was he allowed to bend down to stretch his neck when she stopped, he was not allowed a moment or two to realize there was no danger to his safety as he hesitated at the bramble arch .

THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF VITAMIN C AND HORSES:

Case after case, we have seen the miracle of Vitamin C go to work to help to heal horses from a wide variety of conditions and ailments, over and over again, during the last ten years of running our horse rescue centre.


From wounds to disease and illnesses-to hoof abscesses and thrush, muscle and joint inflammation, to mud fever, to skin allergies and a whole array of dermatitic conditions, to eye problems, and stomach ulcers, to laminitis, to damaged tendons and ligaments, to conditions involving stress and colds, and every other ailment in horses in between.

HORSEMANSHIP JOURNEY'S

HOW DID I GET INTO THIS IS A QUESTION I AM ASKED OFTEN BY PEOPLE ABOUT MY UNIQUE APPROACH TO HORSES? 

It actually seems like it was a million years ago now.....but I had rescued a few dogs in my late teen as I have always loved animals, and this lead to me ending up with a wild pure bred American Timberwolf when I was in my early twenties and living back in the UK. 

I was dumped with this amazing but raw animal unexpectedly, and the human world was a place this innocent canine was just not capable of understanding.

LESSONS FROM A BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO:

LESSONS FROM A BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO:

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BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO
Lessons on release





  
It's an old video, and most will have already seen it, but I thought this could be used as a fantastic teaching aid for a rainy day like today.....

Notice the gaps of release this rider gives the horse in between each manoeuvre.

MEET OTTO

Otto is a very big horse....who was donated to our centre last year, as he was suffering from some very challenging behaviours.....

He's absolutely gorgeous, as you can see....but his behaviour wasn't so nice at times....as he was scared and sceptical ..which made for some quite dangerous outburst...and big horses like this can do a serious amount of damage when they kick off, so it was not without risk that we took him on....However I have never believed in a bad horse....so we welcomed him to our big family here Natural Horse Nz.

OPEN THE HORSES WORLD

Imeet lots of fabulous people in my job of helping to rehab horses with behavioral issues, but I see a lot of them trying to keep their horses calm, and they tip toe around the horse..... which unfortunately creates a pattern of having a very narrow criteria on how, who and where they are able to ride due to this. So they don't go out in the wind, or only ride with that one horse friend, on a sunny calm day, or won't go here or there......and we start to wonder on who is training who when this happens as they have become a avoidaholic to suit their horses fragile emotional state.

RESPECT


I see and hear about poor horses all over the country, who are being scolded and chastised by riders who incorrectly believe they are being disrespectful.So what is respect?

Firstly you would need to have a long standing relationship with the individual horse to earn their respect over time, just like they earn your respect by how they behave towards you.......so you're not going to get respect from a new horse until you've proved you are worthy of receiving it by your actions towards that horse.

EVERYTHING COMES TO THOSE WHO WAIT.....

My inspiration to share my findings about horse behaviour always comes from the horses themselves, as they are such good teachers, if we can only slow down enough to really listen to them......but this means changing our human views and approach......

If you haven't guessed already from my posts etc.... I'm not the shy type-lol  and I have an extroverted personalty, which means that I'm naturally goal orientated, and have a desperate need for scientific understanding and answers, that of course I want right now-lol