Videos

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Videos
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November 27, 2017

Your most valuable training tool

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You Must Concentrate on Your Horse

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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March 31, 2017

My mother has a small companion dog named Lilly. When mum takes her for a walk, Lilly decides where they go and how fast they go. Mum allows Lilly to stop and sniff under shrubs,

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The Philosophy of Tying Up

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Pulling Back and Resisting
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March 17, 2017

READ MORE ON THIS SUBJECT HERE: www.fearfreehorsetraining.com/blog/how-to-teach-your-horse-to-tie-up

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Neil's Horse Training Philosophy

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Horses and Philosophy
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March 8, 2017

You must build every horse's confidence, every step of the way.

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Horses and Man's Best Friend

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Respect and Densensitizing
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February 10, 2017

Imagine putting your beloved pet dog on a long lead and chasing him round and round with a flag on a stick.

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A Catching Story

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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February 8, 2017

For privacy reasons I’ve changed the person’s name. However, nothing ever changes when it comes to catching horses. Feed always works

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Shying - It's All About Control

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Shying and Control
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February 7, 2017

You must have control whenever you ride or handle your horse. Control doesn’t mean being heavy-handed and it doesn’t mean that you have to dominate your horse or show him who’s boss.

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There's Never a Need to Chase Any Horse in a Round Pen

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Respect and Densensitizing
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January 16, 2017

Next time you see a horse being chased in a round pen, please ask yourself:“What’s the answer for the horse and how can he get out of being chased?”“What does the trainer actually want the horse to do

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Your Horse Won't Do Anything Because He Loves You

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Improve Your Riding
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January 4, 2017

These days, we live in a world of political correctness gone mad. Many people say it’s wrong to use a bit or to tap a horse with a stick or touch him with a blunt spur. “It’s cruel” they say.

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Neil's Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic Preview

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Videos
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December 17, 2016

Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic preview

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Separation Anxiety Barn Sour Herd Bound

In
Overcoming Problems
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December 15, 2016

People write to me all the time asking for help with their horses.

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How to Teach Your Horse to Step Over Obstacles

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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October 22, 2016

The problem everyone has with their horse is being able to walk,trot and canter when they want, where they want, at the exact speed they want and to have their horse relaxed and confident at all times

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Bitless Riding

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Horses and Philosophy
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October 15, 2016

All around the world, people gain great pleasure from riding and handling their horses. It’s a wonderful feeling when your horse learns to co-operate and try his hardest for you.

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Consider Your Horse

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Horses and Philosophy
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September 19, 2016

Do you think your horse enjoys it When you tie him up to fight Do you really think he’s happy As he pulls with all his might

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An Interview with Neil and Colin Dangaard

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Videos
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September 15, 2016

ORDER YOUR COPY OF NEIL'S BOOK HERE! www.fearfreehorsetraining.com/the-book

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Horse Experience

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Horses and Philosophy
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September 8, 2016

Horses have been part of my life since the day I was born. My father and grandfather worked with cattle and horses all their lives and I, in turn, grew up working with cattle and horses.

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Old Wives Tales from the Horse World

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Horses and Philosophy
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September 2, 2016

Here are some old wives’ tales from the horse world. I’ve heard them over and over, all my life.

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How to Handle a Horse's Legs

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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on
August 30, 2016

Way back in 1989, I did an exhibition at the California State Fair in Sacramento. I was the four o’clock “show” every day, for eighteen days. At the Fair I met Tad Griffith, one of the greatest

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How to Stop Your Horse Biting or Pushing Over You

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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August 23, 2016

Your horse learns from every interaction he has with you. Every time you go near your horse, he learns something new. He may learn to lay his ears back and push over you or bite you.

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Horse Rules to Remember

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Horses and Philosophy
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August 5, 2016

No matter how old your horse is, take him a treat each day and rub his head. If you do this, he’ll soon look forward to seeing you. Start each lesson by going to your horse and showing him it’s easy

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Why I Never Use a Flag on a Stick

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Respect and Densensitizing
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July 25, 2016

Whenever you work with an unhandled horse or foal, the first thing you must do is get a rope around his neck. Without a rope, the horse can run away at any time.

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Never Punish Your Horse

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Overcoming Problems
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July 17, 2016

No matter what your horse does or doesn’t do, it’s cruel and pointless to punish him. When a horse shies or doesn’t stop or doesn’t change leads or doesn’t do whatever else the rider thinks he...

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Using Sticks and Spurs Correctly is Not Cruel

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Improve Your Riding
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July 8, 2016

Many people have an unjustified prejudice against the use of sticks and spurs in horse training. They think that sticks and spurs are cruel and are used to punish a horse and ‘show him who’s boss’...

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Positive Reinforcement Vs Negative Reinforcement

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Horses and Philosophy
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July 5, 2016

My wife Christine often speaks of the time she worked at a local dinner/horse show. One of the ponies was taught to “count” by pawing the ground.

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Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic Preview

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Videos
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June 30, 2016

NEIL'S MASTERCLASS VIDEO SERIES IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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Don't Frighten Your Horse

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Respect and Densensitizing
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on
June 20, 2016

There are some approaches to horses and horse training that are not only idiotic, but cruel as well. I hear and see things every day that make me cringe. Here are a couple of recent beauties:

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Neil's starting a horse under saddle online clinic is now available

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Videos
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June 15, 2016

Neil’s masterclass video series is now available. This series demonstrates basic ground lessons that apply to horses of all ages, while documenting a three-year-old station-bred gelding being started

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Horse Training Home Truths

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Horses and Philosophy
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June 11, 2016

Here, in no particular order, are a few home truths about horses:

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Straight Talk for You and Your Horse

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Improve Your Riding
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June 6, 2016

The aim of every rider should be to have their horse confident and relaxed and moving forward with straightness. This doesn’t mean that your horse moves in a straight line.

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How to Add to Your Horse's Knowledge

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Respect and Densensitizing
category
on
May 22, 2016

Whether you realise it or not, every interaction you have with your horse teaches him something new. Every time you lead or ride your horse, you’re teaching him.

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A Happy Agreement with your Horse

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Improve Your Riding
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May 13, 2016

Many people have a happy agreement with their horse, whereby the rider is happy when their horse mostly does as they ask for most of the time.

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Mouthing a Horse

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Improve Your Riding
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May 4, 2016

There’s a misconception in the horse world that you need to do something to a horse’s mouth or nose so that he’ll stop or turn. In fact, I’m often asked how I “mouth” a young horse.

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How to Teach Your Horse to Give

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Improve Your Riding
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April 30, 2016

When a horse is ‘giving’ it means he’s relaxed, listening, moving forward and trying his hardest for you. Giving is a state of mind. It’s not a physical condition whereby a horse carries his head low

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The Super Sensitive Horse

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Respect and Densensitizing
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April 23, 2016

A horse is a very sensitive creature. He can feel the lightest touch of your hand and the slightest squeeze of your leg. He can hear the slightest rustle in the bushes and feel the smallest fly

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No More Flags on Sticks

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Respect and Densensitizing
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April 15, 2016

Lots of trainers tie a plastic bag or a flag on the end of a stick and call it a “training tool”. When the stick is used, the plastic bag/flag makes a whooshing noise that frightens horses...

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How to Load a Horse Into a Trailer

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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April 9, 2016

Loading a horse into a trailer should never be a confrontation where the horse is chased and frightened and pressure is applied until the horse eventually rushes in.

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Starting a Horse Under Saddle

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Horses and Philosophy
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March 30, 2016

Following are some of the remarks people invariably make when they watch me work start a horse under saddle.

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It's What You Do With Your Horse Time That Matters Most

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Horse Training
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on
March 27, 2016

Asking how long it takes to saddle and ride a young horse for the first time, is like asking how long is a piece of string.

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Neil's starting a horse under saddle online clinic preview

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Videos
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March 26, 2016

Neil's Horse Handling Masterclass video series will soon be available. Here are a few snippets from the first twenty-minute lesson with the three-year-old gelding that Neil starts under saddle

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Neils Horse Training Philosophy

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Videos
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March 26, 2016

NEIL'S NEW VIDEOS I'm very excited to be putting the final touches on my new Horse Handling video series.

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You Must be Definite and Consistent With Your Horse

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Shying and Control
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on
March 22, 2016

You must always be definite and consistent whenever you’re with your horse and you must have definite rules. When your horse does as you ask, you must always make things relatively easy and pleasant

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Humans Are One Sided Not Horses

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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March 14, 2016

The near-side of a horse is his left hand side when you’re sitting on his back. His off-side is his right hand side. It’s ingrained into most horse people that horses should always be handled from...

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Its What You Think That Matters

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Horses and Philosophy
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March 5, 2016

Your attitude and how you think about horses, is the most important part of horse training. Your ability to handle horses isn’t worth a dime if your underlying thinking is flawed.

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A Training Fix for You and Your Horse

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Overcoming Problems
category
on
February 25, 2016

People always ask me for advice on how to ‘fix’ their horse. “My horse rears/shies/kicks up/won’t leave the barn/won’t leave his friend/won’t go into the trailer…”

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Your Safety is the Most Important Thing

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Overcoming Problems
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February 14, 2016

A friend of mine recently bought a stock horse mare at the local horse sale. “I got a bargain,” he said. “She’s only seven years old and she goes great. Let me show you.”

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Your Horse Never Stops Learning

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Respect and Densensitizing
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January 28, 2016

Whether you realise it or not, your horse learns from every interaction he has with you. Every time you go near your horse, you teach him something. Even when you clean his stable, you teach him

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How to Overcome Shying

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Shying and Control
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January 23, 2016

One of the most misunderstood problems that people have with their horse is shying. There are all sorts of old wives tales about why horses shy and what to do about it.

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How to Teach Your Horse to Back Up

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Improve Your Riding
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January 14, 2016

Teaching a young horse to back up should always be one of the last things you do. Backing up is actually an extension of moving forward correctly and is quite an advanced movement for a horse.

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Stopping is Easy When You Teach Your Horse to Go Correctly

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Improve Your Riding
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January 3, 2016

People often think if you can’t stop a horse then he’s ‘hard in the mouth’. So they use a more severe bit and force their horse to run backwards or make him back up time after time.

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You Must Reinforce Your Lessons

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Improve Your Riding
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December 31, 2015

Whenever you ride, you must remember that your horse has a mind of his own. He may want to run home when you try to leave the barn. He may think it easier to run along in the trot rather than canter..

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The Horses Way or The Highway

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Horses and Philosophy
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December 28, 2015

I’ve seen many of the big name trainers working with horses and I don’t agree with much of what they do or what they say. I don’t agree with harassing horses with ropes and flags or letting horses...

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Chasing a Horse From the Ground Won't Help

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Overcoming Problems
category
on
December 12, 2015

When your horse is overfed and fresh and feeling frisky, lungeing him before you ride will help to get the excess energy out of his system. However, if your horse shies, rears, kicks up or uses...

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A Bit of Bit Advice

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Improve Your Riding
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December 7, 2015

Walk into any saddlery and you’ll see many different types of bits. There are hundreds of different types of snaffle bits –all shapes and sizes, smooth metal, rough metal, twisted wire etc etc

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Training Horses Is Not a Race

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Starting Under Saddle
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December 5, 2015

Some trainers claim they can saddle and ride every young horse in half an hour. They often time themselves and make a big deal of how quickly the horse was ridden. This makes no sense.

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Why Your Horse Feels Soft or Hard

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Improve Your Riding
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November 28, 2015

People often describe how their horse feels when they’re riding. Some say their horse is soft in the mouth and light and supple. Some say their horse is stiff and hard and they need to flex him...

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Of Horse Herds and Pecking Orders

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Respect and Densensitizing
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November 14, 2015

In every group of horses, there’s always some form of pecking order. When you feed a mob of horses in the paddock, there’s always one horse who will chase the others away so he can eat more

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Timing is of the Essence

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Pulling Back and Resisting
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November 4, 2015

Your timing is critical in every aspect of horse training. If you’re even a few seconds early or late with your timing, your horse won’t understand what you want and he won’t respond as you think

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How to Teach Your Horse to Tie Up

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Pulling Back and Resisting
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October 31, 2015

Lots of horse owners are obsessed with the idea of tying young horses up. One of the first things they do is tie their foals to a post. When the foal pulls and fights, people often say

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Neil's Horse Training History

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Horses and Philosophy
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October 27, 2015

I’ve known Neil since he was twenty and shared his love of horses for all those years. While I rode my nicely trained (by Neil) horse five or six days each week, Neil rode at least eight or...

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Thanks to Everyone

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Horse Training
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on
October 25, 2015

The second print run of "Fear-free Horse Training, every step of the way" is currently on its way from the printer.

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One Step at a Time

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Starting Under Saddle
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on
October 23, 2015

When I was about 14, people often sent ponies to us to be “broken in”. I got the job done on weekends and after school, with my father’s help. Looking back, we took a pretty crude approach.

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How to Overcome Horse Problems

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Overcoming Problems
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on
October 17, 2015

People always ask me how to overcome horse problems or does my book cover this or that specific issue.

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Too Much Feed and Not Enough Work

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Overcoming Problems
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October 11, 2015

In my grandfather’s day, horses had to earn their keep. A horse eating his head off out in the paddock wasn’t much use to anyone. Not many people could afford to keep a horse as a pet or...

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Pressure and Relief in Horse Training

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Respect and Densensitizing
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October 2, 2015

Most horse training is based on pressure and relief. Everyone uses pressure and relief in some way shape or form, even those who say they don’t.

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Your Horse Won't Forget Stressfull Experiences

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Overcoming Problems
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on
September 29, 2015

Campdrafting started to become popular in Australia in the late 1970s. I was about eighteen when I started competing at local campdrafts and like most eighteen year olds, I thought I knew everything.

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Don't Put Human Values Onto Horses

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Horses and Philosophy
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September 25, 2015

Every horse person puts human values onto horses in some way, shape or form. We think some horses are better than others and some are prettier than others.

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Dealing With Horse Problems

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Overcoming Problems
category
on
September 18, 2015

Every day I receive emails from people who are having problems with their horses. I’m sure lots of people think there’ll be a magic fix for their particular issue.

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Safety First With Horses

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Overcoming Problems
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September 12, 2015

When you buy a horse, the first and foremost consideration must be your safety. Forget about the breeding, the colour, the amount of ribbons and trophies that the horse has won...

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Handle Your Foals Correctly From Day One

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Catching and Ground Lessons
category
on
September 6, 2015

When someone has problems with an older horse, they often ask me if they can “re-start” him. I’ve had lots of people say “Can’t I just go back to the beginning and start him all over again?”

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New Videos

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Videos
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on
September 4, 2015

We’ve finished seven days of filming at Alan and Kathy Hannaford’s performance horse stud at Braidwood on the southern tablelands of New South Wales.

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Why I Never Use a Round Yard

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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September 1, 2015

Lots of trainers use a forty foot round yard for all their horse training. The main idea seems to be for the trainer to chase the horse around the fence until the horse is tired

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Make Your Horse Easy To Catch

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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on
August 25, 2015

Catching horses has absolutely nothing to do with horse herds, pecking orders, respect or domination. Everyone must remember that it’s not a competition when you go to the paddock to catch your horse.

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Rearing Horses and Other Problems

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Overcoming Problems
category
on
July 29, 2015

Many people tell me about the problems they have with their horses. I hear of rearing horses, shying horses, horses that kick up, buck, pull the reins, run home and any number of other issues.

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Horse Back Riding

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Shying and Control
category
on
July 25, 2015

Horse-back riding conjures up images of a loving relationship between you and a horse, with the two of you cantering off into the sunset in harmonious rapture.

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Horsemanship

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Horses and Philosophy
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July 18, 2015

Horsemanship is a word that’s heard a lot these days. It conjures images of immaculate horses competing at the highest level and of ‘important’ horse trainers with cowboy boots, lassoes...

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Horse Whisperers

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Overcoming Problems
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on
July 13, 2015

Nothing irks me more than when people call me a Horse Whisperer. Let me say once and for all – I’m not a Horse Whisperer.

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Safety First for Horses

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Catching and Ground Lessons
category
on
July 8, 2015

If you want to handle horses, you must have good facilities. Horses can always find 100 different ways to injure themselves. If your fences and yards aren’t up to scratch

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Every Foal Must be Handled ASAP

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Catching and Ground Lessons
category
on
July 5, 2015

One of my mates lives in a semi-rural area on the outskirts of Sydney. On a recent visit, my wife and I took a walk around the block from where he lives.

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Horse Training it's not Rocket Science

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Overcoming Problems
category
on
July 2, 2015

In every aspect of training, what you want to do must always be more important to your horse than whatever he wants to do.

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Horse Training It's Time for a Change

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Respect and Densensitizing
category
on
June 27, 2015

Everywhere I go I see older horses that are frightened of humans. Riding horses, brood mares, competition horses. Horses of all shapes and sizes, from four years old to twenty four years old.

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What Really Happens When Your Horse Shies

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Shying and Control
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on
June 23, 2015

Many times I’ve seen someone take the rug off their horse and leave it on the arena fence while they ride. When they trot around the arena, the horse takes fright of his own rug and shies

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The Leading Edge

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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June 18, 2015

Everyone wants to be able to lead their horse calmly alongside. Nobody wants their horse to hang back or rush in front or pull away or run over the top of them.

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Teach Your Horse to Move Forward Not Backwards

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Catching and Ground Lessons
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June 14, 2015

My pet aversion is seeing people chase horses backwards on the ground. The last thing I want any horse to do is move backwards away from me to relieve pressure.

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Mind Over Muscle

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Improve Your Riding
category
on
June 11, 2015

If you watch a week-old foal playing in the paddock, you’ll see that he already knows how to walk, trot, canter, do flying changes, turns, spins, levade, piaffe, passage, extended trot/canter/gallop

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Horses May Forgive You but they Never Forget

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Overcoming Problems
category
on
June 8, 2015

Back in the early 1970s, the Megalong Valley Gymkhana was a horse event not to be missed. The gymkhana ground was just a clearing in the scrub, about two furlongs (400 metres) in length

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Kick the Habituation Habit

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Respect and Densensitizing
category
on
June 4, 2015

Many equine scientists say that horses must be habituated to every situation – a new stable, the saddle and girth, the headstall, bit and bridle, the saddle cloth, the rug and on and on it goes.

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The Best Laid Plans

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Improve Your Riding
category
on
May 27, 2015

When I trained horses for a living, I rode between eight and fifteen horses every day. Each horse was at a different stage of training and each horse reacted differently on any particular day.

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It's Nice to be Nice to Your Horse

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Catching and Ground Lessons
category
on
May 22, 2015

I grew up on a dairy farm in the 1960’s. We milked about 100 cows which was quite a big herd in those days. When I was eleven years old, one of my jobs after school was to feed the calves.

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How To Be a Noted Horseperson

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Horses and Philosophy
category
on
May 19, 2015

My wife Christine has been a music teacher ever since she left school. She’s taught hundreds of people to play piano, keyboard, piano accordion and organ.

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Respect or Confidence

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Horse Training
category
on
May 14, 2015

There are a few key words that we should all think about every time we train our horses. First and foremost is confidence – a word that should be heard far more often in the horse world.

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