Category Archives for Training

The ol' cowboy

It was time to show the ol’ cowboy the front door!

Welcome to this week’s horse story. I rescued my horse Jazz from a rough and tough old cowboy and Jazz seemed to understand the ordeal I had saved him from.  So in turn he looked out for me like a watch dog.  I protected him too and have been very gentle with him because of […]

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Pile of carrots

Life with horses isn’t a paint-by-numbers experience

When I was younger and was taking riding lessons I would practice what my trainer told me to do every chance I got because I wanted to perfect it. This was right after I had purchased Jazz, so we were both new to each other. One day I was working on a lesson that I […]

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Sir Winston Churchill

Did the X Technique not work for you either?

Today’s post is going to be a little different from usual for a couple of different reasons as will become clear as you read it. It’s a topic that’s not much talked about in the horse world but one I believe to be hugely important when it comes to the relationship you share with your […]

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Flange Bracket and Horse Training!

What flange-brackets have to do with training your horse

As you may know I have a business partner called Mark who (thankfully) looks after all the tech as well as the marketing for my business. Nowadays there’s a lot of cool whizz-bang software available and he always seems to be bringing on board something new. Luckily, I don’t need to worry about any of […]

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When Donkey met Puss-in-Boots – The untold story….

I love trail riding especially when I used to ride my oldest horse Jazz as we always seemed to end up having a fun adventure of some sort. One day we were on a group ride in some mountains we’d not explored before, when Jazz heard some rustling in the bushes close by to the […]

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What you can learn when the grass is greener…

The day started off just like any other day… I finished my morning coffee, kissed hubby goodbye and headed out to the barn to see my boys. Everything seemed perfectly normal and the horses were in the pasture happily eating the new grass that was starting to grow with all the rain we’ve been having. […]

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Here’s to a New Year and a New Outlook with Horses

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good holiday season.Mine was, shall we say, a little different than normal and not quite what I had been expecting.However, I won’t go into the gruesome details but suffice it to say there were times when I wished it wasn’t just the turkey being stuffed.I should have […]

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A New Perspective for the Holidays

“It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid…At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade” Ah yes, the soulful tones of the lovely Paul Young singing the opening lines of the ground-breaking, original version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’.I’m sure those of us of a certain age will never forget […]

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Chicken or the Egg? Carrot or the Stick?

It’s the age-old question, isn’t it?The Carrot or the Stick? Which should you use when it comes to training your horse?Is it possible to develop a close relationship with your horse and still get him or her to do what you want?These are questions I regularly get asked by students.  So, if you’re wondering the […]

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To Blanket or Not to Blanket?

Your horse could be exiting the thermoneutral zone! Sounds like something from a science fiction film, doesn’t it? It’s actually more mundane than that but of great importance to us horse owners if we care about the welfare of our horses, especially at this time of year. So what is it? The thermoneutral zone or […]

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