Category Archives for Training

Do you Know Why Horses Lick, Chew & Yawn?

Wow, what a blowout! As you probably know, it was Thanksgiving yesterday here in the US so if you celebrated too I hope you had as beautiful and positive a day as we did. This year our entire family got together at my mother-in-law’s house, 23 of us in total. She’s an amazing cook and […]

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The Story of Dave and Bob…

Dave had been around horses most of his life and was an “old cowboy”. When I saw him actually tear up at the end of our second day together I knew he could feel a connection with his horse he had never felt before. The horse in question was called Bob. Bob was a large, […]

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Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

“Turtle???” Yep, that was the thought front and center of my consciousness as I slammed on the brakes of my truck. I saw him just in time and the brakes did their job. Phew. So, I opened my door and got out to ‘save’ this little turtle as I didn’t want anybody else coming along […]

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“Be Careful, He’s a Real Ogre”, They Said…

“He’s a real ogre, I’d watch out what you say or do when he’s around.” This was the introduction to my new boss from my colleagues. This was back in the day before I became a trainer when I started work as a behavioral psychologist at one of the nation’s leading mental health facilities. I […]

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I Can’t Control Them!

“Can you help me, I can’t control them!”This was the urgent phone call I received from a friend the other day.But the problem wasn’t horses, it was humans…She went to on to tell me that about how much trouble she was having with the employees in her division at the prospering, small business where she […]

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Norwegian Forests and Halloween

And BAM! She took that gargoyle down like a pro. As you know, Halloween is next week, so I thought I’d better get the decorations out of storage and up before the trick or treaters showed up. It took me a while because my full Halloween decoration set includes orange lights, styrofoam headstones, and motion […]

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Horse Hierarchies and Basketball?

Like most men, my husband Mark is sports mad. He used to play most of them in his younger days but now the most strenuous part of his sports activity appears to be lifting the beer can to his lips as he sits on the couch. 🙂 I’m just kidding. He tries just like the […]

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Feral horses

The Social Organization of Wild and Feral Horses

Who does this best describe, men or women? – Are highly social animals – Show no motivation for wanting to dominate others – Try to avoid conflict – Form close, often lifelong relationships with each other The answer is obviously women. I prefer being with my horses to spending time on my smartphone but I […]

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How to be an Integral Part of your Horse’s Herd

How to be an Integral Part of your Horse’s Herd

I love to watch my herd of horses and see how they relate to each other and watch the herd dynamics and behaviors. Some things I’ve noticed seem similar to the human world; like using an organized method of who does what and their placement in the business, or the herd. Then some things seem […]

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Teddie and her horses

Old School Training vs. Wanting a Different Direction

  For those of us who learned how to ride horses at a riding school as a child, you probably remember the routine.  We were taught where to put our hands, where to put our feet, to keep our backs straight, eyes forward, heels down and all those other wonderful basics taught to beginning students.  […]

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