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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.

DON'T FEED TO TREAT ULCERS.....FEED TO PREVENT THEM:

DON'T FEED TO TREAT ULCERS.....FEED TO PREVENT THEM: A horses whole digestive system is so unbelievably different to our own, as well as that of many other familiar animal species such as dogs, cats, cows, sheep, goats etc...too....and it's very easy for us to try to feed horses in the wrong way due to that.....as we often try to project the needs of these other animals onto horses when we feed our horses like that, which is what often leads to digestive issues including ulcers.

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT FOR HORSES:

Showing my daughter with our family dogI've always loved animals.....and some of my older relatives still like to tell all the embarrassing stories about my love of them throughout my childhood, like when I used to sleep with the family dog in his kennel, or when I let all the dogs go free at a visit to the RSPCA shelter, or when I was a toddler that I actually learned to walk with help from our beloved family german shepherd.....which is probably true as I still remember her as she was such a beautiful soul, and we were the very best of friends.

WHY USE A ROPE HALTER?

WHY DO WE USE A ROPE HALTER: A good quality, well fitted Rope Halter should be your very best piece of horsemanship equipment, as it can be an excellent tool for communicating with horses, and the reason we use them over other types of halters is because they are light and comfortable for the horse, but also that they have consequences for a resistant horse too....making them more effective in training.

WHEN THE HORSE IS CO-OPERATING: I cannot stress enough that when a horse is relaxed and compliant, a good quality, well fitted rope halter will not cause any discomfort at all, and will hardly be noticed by your horse.

COOL FEEDS + LOW SUGAR DOES NOT MEAN HORSE HEALTH! INFLAMMATION FEEDS VS ANTI INFLAMMATORY FEEDS:

Horses mostly living off NZ pastures are eating toxic green grasses, that are high in NSC, which mean non structured carbs+sugars.....add to that a few kilos a day of pelleted feeds & forages etc....and we have the perfect recipe for INFLAMMATION within the digestive tract , which is very worrying, as it can lead to colic episodes.


So it's vital that we try to balance our feeds out for our horses in order to reduce this inflammation within the gut, and bowel in order to protect against colic, along with other ailments cause by inflammation.

THE PRINCIPLES OF PRESSURE…...AND OPERANT CONDITIONING…….

Most good horse trainers will be happy to tell you about how horses learn through the removal of pressure....but a lot fail to elaborate on exactly what that actually means to you and your horse…..and how best to implement that within your training protocols.
So to talk about this in more detail.....

"PRESSURE" to a horse certainly does not have to mean physical touch by the rider, or another horse.... As even looking at a horse can feel like pressure to the sensitive perceptions of these intelligent prey animals.

NEW ALL TERRAIN HOOF BOOTS ARE HERE:

NEW ALL TERRAIN HOOF BOOTS ARE HERE: If you are looking for four wheel drive hoof boots for your horse, here they are....they are called the ALL TERRAIN MODEL, and are made by Equine Fusion from Norway.......

ALL TERRAIN 4 WHEEL DRIVE SOLE
ALL TERRAIN 4 WHEEL DRIVE SOLE
FLEXI SOLE
FLEXI SOLE
ALL TERRIAN EASY TO PUT ON
ALL TERRIAN EASY TO PUT ON
FULLY WASHABLE IN THE MACHINE
FULLY WASHABLE IN THE MACHINE
FLEXIBLE CONCAVE SOLES
FLEXIBLE CONCAVE SOLES

They come in sizes from mini through to draft horses....and are fully washable in the machine too.....

They offer a ANATOMICALLY CONTOURED SOLE, that flexes with your horses natural hoof mechanism to offer improved fit and function .

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 in 2015, 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 skeptical of humans ..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.

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.