Reading Time: 4 minutes There are times in relationship when you must step back. Get hold of yourself. Return eyes of accusation from whomever is bugging you to the mirror – and settle. Important relationships require you to handle frustration in ways that create win-win outcomes. Horses push your buttons. Like people. Sometimes it’s purposeful, but it’s usually a […]
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.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Bucking and bolting are always unwanted horse behaviors. No matter the reason, it’s not pretty when your horse pitches a fit or streaks off at warp nine. Speed control is a beautiful thing. Horses have to learn it. Which means you have to teach your horse how to slow down. This article explains how to […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Training horses through relationship is a dance. You respond to what your horse does and he responds to you. Drafting a simple set of steps doesn’t work because the process is action and reaction, finding a rhythm, making a connection, and meeting your horse where he is so you can lead where you intend. This […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Who has the upper hoof in your barn? Are you really in control, or has your beloved horse got your number? Who models leadership, you or your horse? Don’t tell me you’ve never been totally irritated by an equine bad actor. “Why did you tear up your brand new blanket?” “How can you not know […]
Reading Time: 1 minute Ace and Asti are similar to toddlers and teen-agers. They love to watch themselves on video and play games. And cuddle. Ace is the chestnut gelding, Asti the black mare. Hope you enjoy this short moment of fun from our barn!
Reading Time: 8 minutes Who could sing “Jesus Loves Me” when circumstances seem insurmountable and all hope is gone? Abandonment, pain, and constant tribulation often lead to resignation. “It’s over.” Curiously, resignation is seldom the end of the story. If you’re deep in despair today, this message is for you. If you’ve been there and returned, you may find […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Few problems spontaneously fix themselves. Certain physical issues, like lacerations or sprains usually resolve themselves. Relationship issues, however, seldom resolve themselves without action. Bad things happen when you ignore problems. Pretending a difficulty isn’t there can reasonably be taken as approval because you didn’t complain, act, or stop the behavior the instant it began. Ignoring […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Six weeks after my right knee was replaced I was ecstatic! For years I knew each ride could be my last. My new knee gave me the ability to do things I hadn’t done in years. Instead of moving away from riding, I was moving back. I considered new options, plans, and possibilities with excitement […]
Reading Time: 1 minute Fly spray is an absolute horror for many horses and their owners. This short video offers you an immediate solution for flies and the method to properly introduce sprays (and lots of other things) to spooky or anxious horses. Learn how to introduce your horse to fly spray. The system is the right one for […]