Neil's Horse Training Philosophy

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March 8, 2017

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

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Bitless Riding

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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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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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Horse Experience

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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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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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Horse Rules to Remember

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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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Positive Reinforcement Vs Negative Reinforcement

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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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Horse Training Home Truths

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June 11, 2016

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

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Starting a Horse Under Saddle

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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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Its What You Think That Matters

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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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The Horses Way or The Highway

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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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Neil's Horse Training History

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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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Don't Put Human Values Onto Horses

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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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Horsemanship

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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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How To Be a Noted Horseperson

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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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Fifty Years of Experience With Horses

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May 6, 2015

When I handle their horses, people often say “It’s ok for you, you have a special gift.” This isn’t true. I wasn’t born with any gift for handling horses.

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Teach Your Horse to Enjoy a Head Rub

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April 19, 2015

People often say “but my horse doesn’t like having his head rubbed”. I know this is true in many cases. No horse likes having his head rubbed when he’s first handled.

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Natural Horsemanship

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March 24, 2015

Many horse people like to think they are at one with nature. They feel it’s perfectly natural to chase a horse in a round yard. They have a warm fuzzy feeling about being a member of the horse herd.

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It's Between You and Your Horse

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March 18, 2015

Many horse trainers make lots of money selling all sorts of gadgets and widgets. You can buy ‘special’ lasso ropes to catch your horse and ‘special’ halters to make him ‘respect’ you. T

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The Horse's Point of View Vs The Human Point of View

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February 19, 2015

Whenever you work with a horse, you must try to see everything from his point of view. Forget about the human point of view. You must concentrate on what works best for your horse.

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Horse Behaviour

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January 21, 2015

The biggest problem to overcome in horse training is human behaviour. Humans come up with all sorts of theories and methods, then try to make every horse fit their set lessons.

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Another story in the Australian 10/11/2014

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November 10, 2014

Media ColumnistSydney RARELY can a happy, bubbly, colourful story have so suddenly and decisively metamorphosed into a tragedy as did at last Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

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The Australian Newspaper 4th November 2014

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November 5, 2014

Melbourne Cup 2014: Not fascinated by being whipped into a total frenzy

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Feedback

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June 3, 2014

Our feedback is both heartwarming and encouraging. I'd like to share this letter that arrived in the mail today.

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Your most valuable training tool

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November 23, 2013

Everyone looks for a magic fix to ‘cure’ their horse problems. Plenty of people will sell you a ‘magic’ halter, stick, lead rope, bit or some other contraption. None of them will really help.

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Groupthink in the horse world

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November 19, 2013

Here’s a quote from a scientific magazine. Although it’s written for social psychologists, it also applies to the horse world. “Social psychologists, of all academics, should be particularly alert...

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