Learned Helplessness in the Horse

    Learned helplessness in the Horse is a sad thing and something that the Horse Industry is very slow to identify or react to. The affliction is simply a direct result of inadequate Coaching within the Industry 🙁 When I say ‘Industry’ I mean predominantly, the ‘English Disciplines’Let me desicribe it like this:     You are leading a Horse up short and all the while there is tugging, pulling, pushing, graduating to Head butting and more, but every Tug, every Pull, is devoid of the nutrients of good training, ‘relief’. The Human doesn’t notice but the Horse sure […]

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Gaining Respect from Your Horse

Handed down through the Ages, has been the principal and belief, that to gain the respect from the Horse, you needed to beat it into submission, break it in by throwing it on the Ground, put on a ‘Bigger Bit’ or bigger Spurs. It is incredible how such a falsehood could perpetuate so long. However, we now know that all along, the Horse was the most forgiving and co-operative Animal in God’s Kingdom and that all we had to do was to ask nicely. So what are the ways to gain respect from your Horse? Leadership Consistancy in Training Empathy […]

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The Scales of Training

You have all seen the Kids kicking their Fat Ponies to Go but nothing happening? That perfectly typifies the failure in Horse Training when we start any Aid up the scale. It has been found and proven by Horse Trainers through the Ages, that the most successful way to train a Horse is using the application of ‘pressure and release’ This accompanied by “Advance and Retreat’ and Reward and Relief’. To be the most successful you can be with Training or Riding Horses, I recommend you follow what I call the ‘Scales of Training’. Have a look at this Put […]

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PROBLEM HORSE OR PROBLEM TEENAGER?

 Don’t worry, I am well aware of the ‘Problem Parents’ who often drive Teenagers too hard as they live their Dreams through the Kid There is no doubt, amongst the greatest lovers’ of horses are the Teenage Females who make up the majority of the Horse World and yet this combination provides some of the greatest clashes with horses. All sorts of things influence the Teenagers’. Hormones spinning around, a lack of patience, peer pressure and pressure from Mums’ and Dads’ when they ride through their siblings.  There is little wonder that a large percentage of them end up clashing […]

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SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES OF HORSE TRAINING

When a professional Horse Trainer accepts a horse from a client, they take on a huge responsibility, well I treat it that way anyhow. Responsibility for the physical and mental welfare of the horse, care, feeding and the awesome task of fixing whatever the training problem was or to start the young horse. Our name depends upon it and we are being judged by the owner and spoken about down through the gossip channels, either in glowing  or derogatory terms. Reputations are everything to the Horseman and much hangs on the overall success of the work and the behavior of […]

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DISCIPLINE OF THE HORSE EXPLAINED FULLY

If I may start by explaining how horses interact in their world and how the foal is imprinted by its mother. Horses do not love anything including you. They may respect you or other horses but there is no love involved. Respect could probably be described as “Horse Love” and it is only gained by respect. Respect gained from strength and leadership. This translates directly to you the owner and so if you want good horses, do as the horses do. In the “World of horses”, this is how it works. Perhaps you should go and sit in a paddock […]

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CATCHING THE HORSE

Horses that are difficult to catch, soon learn that it is easy to tire a human out and we can’t run like they can. They learn that they are faster than us, fitter than us and end up thinking that they are smarter than us. The trick is to make them think otherwise. So, what are the options? There are a few                                          ·  Walk in the paddock with a small container of your horse’s favorite food. Try to get your horse to come and eat a handful from the bucket and then immediately walk out of the paddock. Do not […]

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MAN MADE STRESS IN HORSES

I meet so many horses with stress problems. Almost all of those problems are caused by man. I will try to graple with this most complex of subjects in a form that you may understand. At the end, I will be stressed.  The causes are endless but first I will deal with a couple that are not man made. Pain causes stress Ulcers cause stress Pain causes ulcers  Man made stress includes: High stress levels by Humans Confusion. An inability to do the work that the Horse was chosen for. (wrong conformation) Teeth hurting Crooked Riders Poor Fitting Saddles Bad […]

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SEPARATION ANXIETY IN THE HORSE

This has to be the most frustrating experience possible. Owning a Horse that has the mental condition known as ‘separation anxiety’ and yet it is rife within the domesticated Horse World. While a person can has several options to better their mental condition, it is not so easy for a horse. Attending meditation classes or enrolling at a yoga training center may be useful for handling your stree or anxieties but we don’t have that option for the horse. Yes it is a ‘mental condition’ just as Humans suffer from schizoid conditions, so the horse that suffers this finds itself […]

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LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES

Listen to Your Horses

Hi Folks. During my Career as a Problem Horse Trainer 25,000 or so Horses have told me the following, which I would like to pass onto you. Horses can read your mind 100% of the time There are no naughty horses, only dumb Trainers Buck Jumping Horses don’t want to be. Horses only want to try until they are not heard. So called ‘naughty horses’ are only communicating with you in an effort to make you listen. Horses that Buck or Rear have only graduated to screaming through not being heard prior Horses know if you care. They also know […]

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