Training Horses Is Not a Race

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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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One Step at a Time

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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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Fear-free Horse Training Goes Global

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March 14, 2015

Fear-free Horse Training has gone global. My blogs are being translated and published

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Too Many Horses Can't Cope

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March 11, 2015

Due to bad handling and bad training, thousands of horses never reach their full potential. Many horses don’t make it past the “breaking in” stage.

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Starting a Horse Under Saddle. Early Riding Lessons

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February 15, 2015

The best time to establish control and consistency is in a horse's early lessons.

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Starting a Horse Under Saddle Isn't Rodeo

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January 27, 2015

If you go to a rodeo and ride a bucking horse for eight seconds, you could be in the money. Eight seconds is all it takes and that’s not very long. Count it out and see.

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Don't Sit On The Fence

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December 19, 2014

I watched a horse starting competition on video the other day. One of the trainers left his saddle in the round yard with the horse, explaining that this allowed the horse to look at the saddle...

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It's nobody's fault but your own

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Starting Under Saddle
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October 6, 2014

Lots of people go to clinics to watch a ‘wild’ bucking horse being ‘tamed’. It’s high time for everyone to realise that a young horse is frightened and terrified when he bucks,

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The Buck Stops Here

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Starting Under Saddle
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October 2, 2014

A couple of friends of mine – I’ll call them Chris and Macca – because these are their names, looked at a horse to buy the other day. The mare was eight years old and hadn’t been ridden for two or...

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Starting a horse under saddle. See the difference

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Starting Under Saddle
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May 28, 2014

This documentary was filmed in Australia in 1989. I've been dong this for a long time.

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Starting a horse under saddle - The first lesson

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February 17, 2014

The first slideshow shows a three year old mare’s first lesson with me. Initially she’s nervous and worried and has no idea what I want her to do, so I give her the answer before I set any problem.

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The Road to the Horse

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December 7, 2013

I just watched a DVD of the Road to the Horse. A revolution in horse training it isn’t. At the end of the event, not one of the horses could even walk a circle in a confident and relaxed manner.

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