You are out on a ride with your horse. All is going well until suddenly your horses head goes up and he slams on the breaks. He becomes completely rigid and you start to hear his heart thumping. And you think to yourself….Uh Oh! Which is all you have time for because the next split […]
The one who does the least amount of work is the one who is in charge. Our horses are very good at making it look like they are doing what we are asking of them, but if you find that you are doing more work than your horse to get the task done, then it […]
Make sure your horse is going forward in their downward transitions A horse going freely forward is just as important as a horse that easily stops. Make sure your horse is thinking about going forward rather than stopping after each downward transition to help your horse keep his weight back and give you those nice […]
Our horses can be very good at re-positioning us. Try using a marker on the ground when handling your horse to help you keep track of where you are and see who is moving who.
Have you ever bought a horse and felt that it was drugged when you looked at him because now that you have got him home, he has turned into a fire breathing dragon? Or perhaps you have had a horse for years whom you got along really well with but now the time has come […]
Never accept your horse walking off whilst you are mounting or dismounting. Wait for him to stand still and give you permission first.
The 2016 Australasian QSports was held at the beautiful Cabarita Beach in Northern NSW. Diago and I headed up there and what a fun day it was! We had an absolute ball as we competed in the Open sections and won the Liberty, and Riding classes PLUS! I am very proud to say that I also won […]
People are becoming jaded by all the horsemanship ‘hype’. It seems that every man and his dog has jumped on the ‘natural horsemanship’ bandwagon to the point where if they use a rope halter, they are a ‘natural horseman’. The outcome is catastrophic with horses breaking down because they are running around on their front […]
Your horse will always know where the way out is and will be drawn to the gateways. Avoid saddling, feeding or resting in or near gateways so that your horse doesn’t find more comfort than they need there.
Have you ever been on a rollercoaster? It’s a pretty exciting ride isn’t it and once you are on there, there is no getting off so you have to just shut your eyes and go for the ride. Think about how you felt at the end, you are both excited and exhilarated from the pure […]