Relationships always have a beginning and progress much like a dance, the continuing process of action and reaction. A round pen is like a chance meeting – once eyes meet something significant happens or an opportunity is lost. How eyes meet sets the tone for the rest of the interaction. If someone held your head […]
HORSES AND OWNERS
Tips, skills, training, inspiration and encouragement to help you build transformative relationship with a horse, practice good stewardship, and walk more closely with the Lord Jesus Christ. Practical, conceptual, and points to ponder.
Is your horse an obedient and devoted pony at home but a total space cadet at shows or on the trail? Does your confident game-playing round pen partner morph into a strange monster when you saddle up to ride? Does your horse show up every day exactly the same as you left him the day […]
Every trainer and clinician is asked for advice about handling horses that sit back when they’re tied. It’s a universal problem because there isn’t a perfect answer. This article presents three ways to manage horses who pull back. If you canvass equine experts, you get two basic responses, one that makes sense and one that’s […]
It’s not nice to tattle, but I’m gonna do it anyway. My horse, Journey, is such a goof that I had to share it with you. For no apparent reason he balked on his first real trail ride, so I’m tattling on him. Shockingly, I had the presence of mind to take a couple of […]
The first thing I teach a horse is that he isn’t the center of my world and that it’s perfectly fine to ignore me. I see hands going up all over the place, “You WANT your horse to ignore you? That doesn’t make sense.” Some folks believe horses touch them to connect, perhaps an […]
I love obstacles. Sometimes we think of obstacles as bad and challenges as good. I tend to think they’re one and the same. What makes one good or bad isn’t in the details, but how we choose to respond. The idea of a daily routine is laughable, few of my days are carbon copies of […]
I have a love/hate relationship with ground poles. They’re amazing tools to improve horse and rider skills and they’re fun! Repeatedly riding around an arena gets boring for me and my horses, potentially creating the bad habit of sloppiness or lack of precision. I love how ground poles break the monotony, making lessons more profitable […]
This may be my favorite book review ever. The product is fabulous and the possibilities it suggests endless. Horse geeks won’t be able to help themselves – but the true value of how-to books is whether or not they deliver. This one does, which is important when dealing with residual physical issues from an alligator […]
You are what you do. (most.) The way to achieve excellence is making small changes and consistently building on them. Every great thing rests on a series of tiny things done until they create habit; muscle, spiritual, or obedience habit. When trouble comes, habit rules the day. Some folks believe they’ll step up in a big crisis, that something held in reserve will miraculously appear. Crises don’t make us better, they reveal our habits.