Dealing Effectively With Pushy, Squeaky Wheels

Diva, our three-year-old miniature dachshund, is the one squeaky wheel in our house. She can be pushy, demanding, and vocal. The shrill noises emanating from our cuddly little cutie translate to, “Throw my ball!” or “Pay attention to me!” We’re dealing with her shriekish squeaks because I screwed up. I’m good with managing pushy horses […]

6 Reasons Why Your Horse Doesn’t Trust You – 2 of 3

Consistency is wonderful as long as you consistently do the right things. Like any progressive learning process, testing reveals the degree of mastery over subject matter and the effectiveness of the teaching. Part 1 of this series is a deep-dive into the primary reason your horse doesn’t trust you: inconsistency. This part introduces the next […]

Jesus Was the First Sherpa Leader

Pastors and leaders guided by the relationship principles Jesus taught His own disciples often think of themselves as shepherds. The biblical Greek word for shepherd translates into Latin as pastor.  Knowing more about Sherpas may help you as a shepherd or pastor since you both have limited flocks and unlimited commitment. “Jesus took Peter, James, […]

Leadership – Horsemanship – Discipleship

I’ve been a leadership junkie for decades. Transitioning from corporate America, consulting, and motivational speaking to horse training wasn’t as difficult as it may seem at first blush, because the rules for success were the same. The move from the horse industry to ministry was a bit more complicated, but I’ve discovered that the method […]

Every Horse Trainer is Guilty of This

  The quickest way to turn a willing horse into a sour horse is by asking him to do something he can’t one time too many. The result is a pissy resistant horse. Horse trainers have the same human failings you do, falling into the trap of thinking we’re always right. Whether routinely or rarely, […]

The Upper Hoof – Who’s Top Dog in Your Barn?

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 […]