Learned Helpless in the Horse

January 17, 2018

This is ‘Learned Helplessness’ in Horse training. It comes in many forms and is really, a Welfare issue. This article will explain it:     SOME OTHER EXAMPLES   The Ground Handling teachings of the British Horse Society, passed down through all of the Equestrian Bodies and Pony Club, produce “Learned Helplessness’ the majority of cases. This is because they are designed to cause “Fighting or wrestling with Horses” For clarity, here are the two basic Ground Handling systems and I want you to pay particular attention to the Faces of all the Horses!!   The British way   Natural […]

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Gaining Respect from Your Horse

October 11, 2017

  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   […]

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The Scales of Training

October 11, 2017

  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 […]

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To take the Contact or not?

October 11, 2017

  Horses are Born resisters!…..if I Hand a Horse over to an Owner, with a 10/10 Mouth and that Owner is an Amateur, the Mouth will be down to a 6/10 in 7 Days.   Did You know that Racehorses go around with an average of 80kg on their Mouths?   I often get asked about light hands when referring to the rein control of horses.  This has to the most confused subject in the Horse Industry, the one subject that is largely kept back from pupils imho and the one that causes the most failed training scenarios of all. […]

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PROBLEM HORSE OR PROBLEM TEENAGER?

November 6, 2013

  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 […]

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SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES OF HORSE TRAINING

November 6, 2013

    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 […]

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DISCIPLINE OF THE HORSE EXPLAINED FULLY

November 6, 2013

  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 […]

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CATCHING THE HORSE

November 6, 2013

      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 […]

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MAN MADE STRESS IN HORSES

November 6, 2013

      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 […]

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SEPARATION ANXIETY IN THE HORSE

November 6, 2013

  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 […]

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