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Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #10

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #10

How you go about doing a task means much more than just getting the task done. Sometimes I see people get so over focused on getting a task done, they forget about the lesson in the task. Try breaking your task down into smaller steps to help your horse understand what you want and you […]

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #9

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #9

If you never give your horse a choice, they never get the chance to choose to be with you. It’s a wonderful feeling when you take the halter and lead rope off your horse and he chooses to stay with you….It can be heartbreaking if they choose to leave….but then if they decide to come […]

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #8

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #8

It is the release that teaches the horse and it is the offer that gives them the choice. Giving your horse the chance to make a decision in everything you ask him to do will exercise the logical part of his brain, creating a calm, thinking horse.  Make sure you are giving your horse clear […]

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #6

Mel’s Horsemanship  Tip #6

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 […]

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #1

Mel’s Horsemanship Tip #1

If you want your horse to respect your fences (and avoid injury or escapes!) make sure you keep your feed in the middle of your paddock or yard – or away from the fence. Feeding your horse on the fence runs the risk of your horse learning to disrespect and lean on it.