Fear free Horse Training

June 20th, 2016

Fear free Horse Training
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: From my Facebook page: “We have a girl in our barn who has been taught to scare her horse, so that she can then calm it down. She feels that she is teaching it coping skills. I feel for the horse!! Any comments?” From a Youtube video: A horse was relaxed and standing quietly with a trainer...

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Neil's Masterclass Video Series is Now Available

June 15th, 2016

Neil's Masterclass Video Series is Now Available
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 under saddle. This particular youngster hadn’t had much handling prior to the making of these videos. Step-by-step, lesson by lesson, day by day in real time, Neil catches the gelding, teaches him to lead, handles his legs and introduces the saddle, bridle and himself as rider. Neil ex...

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Horse Training Home Truths

June 11th, 2016

Horse Training Home Truths
Here, in no particular order, are a few home truths about horses: 1. It’s always good to ‘pet’ your horse at the appropriate time. Every horse will soon learn to enjoy having his head rubbed. Being nice to your horse doesn’t mean that he’s allowed to push over you or do whatever he pleases. 2. Your horse isn’t stupid. He doesn’t think you’re another horse. He knows the difference between horses and humans. 3. Your horse doesn’t think that...

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Straight Talk for You and Your Horse

June 6th, 2016

Straight Talk for You and Your Horse
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. Neither does it mean that your horse keeps his body straight. Straightness means that your horse is relaxed and confident and moving forward with an even bend through his body -from his nose to his tail- in the same arc as the circle that you’re riding. Straightness also means that your horse’s back legs f...

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How to Add to Your Horse's Knowledge

May 22nd, 2016

How to Add to Your Horse's Knowledge
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. Every time you feed him or clean his stable, you’re teaching him. Every time you brush him or hose him or clean out his feet, you’re teaching him. Every interaction you have with your horse, adds to his knowledge. And no matter who you are, you can’t remove anything from any horse’s knowledge. You can&rsq...

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A Happy Agreement with your Horse

May 13th, 2016

A Happy Agreement with your Horse
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. Whether they ride in an arena, in a paddock, down the road or on the trail, many people are happy to simply arrive at their destination. They don’t really care too much how they get there. For example, when they trot a circle, many riders either don’t care or aren’t aware when their horse runs faster on one side of the circle, or cuts ...

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Mouthing a Horse

May 4th, 2016

Mouthing a Horse
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. My answer is always the same, “I’ve never been able to teach any horse’s mouth anything.” There’s no process that can be carried out on a horse’s mouth or nose that will make him stop or turn. Pulling a horse around from the ground with a &ld...

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How to Teach Your Horse to Give

April 30th, 2016

How to Teach Your Horse to Give
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 and feels soft in your hand. To teach a horse to give, he must first be taught to move forward correctly. It takes months of careful, consistent training to teach any horse to move forward correctly. Forward movement can only come from using your seat and legs. At the same ...

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