Bridges can be built when we look at our similarities, not our differences. Overview of horse and human bones – the foundation This illustration shows that each bone of the horse and human vertebrae. They are color coded to match from the atlas (C1 or cervical vertebrae number 1) to the caudal vertebrae (vertebrae formingContinue reading “Comparative Anatomy”
This lion is a symbol for anything that ‘devours’ a horse, mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. In today’s world, horses often say ‘no’, but their communications are missed, misinterpreted and ignored. I’ll never forget the words of a Natural Horsemanship trainer. ‘Don’t ever let your horse say ‘no’. They learn to defy you. They learnContinue reading “Don’t Ever Let a Horse say ‘No’?”
Introduction For all equine sports and disciplines, motion is a crucial element. We make big demands on how horses move, where they move, and how fast they move. Understanding the ‘equine motion muscles’ is valuable information for any horse person.
Ever since they were domesticated, horses have helped people shape the world with their unconditional love, talent, creativity, empathy and willingness to participate. Regardless of whether we consider a horse a celebrated super star, a backyard pony, or horses of the distant past, the transformational power of horses – physical or non-physical – is aContinue reading “Transformational Horse Power”
Discipline is the internal governance of the rider or trainer. This self-guidance isn’t rigid, intransigent or hollow. It is a gentle, hyper-engaged, and positive demeanor that projects steadiness and engenders trust. Combined with knowledge and experience, the disciplined rider/trainer can project groundedness, self-control, calmness, love and empathy.
Have a horse that is claustrophobic or difficult in structured spaces (indoor or outdoor arena)? Starting with a new horse or playing with a foal?
Use a makeshift arena corner in a field, paddock or pasture to introduce friendly, intriguing spacial ‘elements’.
Add innocence, fearlessness, and unwavering desire.
It equals Belief.
One day, a magnificent and very exciting dressage prospect plucked from a lush field in Europe somewhere arrived at a small humble farm in New England. He was five years old, ‘uncut’, surly, energetic, light on his feet and very proud. It seemed he’d been left too long without human discipline and so, had becomeContinue reading “Power of Observation”