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Feel Like Quitting Horses Completely?

What do we do when we feel like quitting horses altogether? Uncertainty is not good for riders, not good for horses. It’s similar to the feeling that I had when I first started working with my Andalusian. Actually, it wasn’t when I first started working with him, it’s when things weren’t going my way with my horse. And […]

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Horse Riding Aids, For A Calm And Willing Horse

Horse riding aids are conventionally taught in a certain way, but does the application and obedience to the aids lead to a calm and willing horse?How do we use the aids, and how do we NOT use the aids?I’m going to teach you why striving for the obedience of aids is probably not your first […]

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How To Achieve True Lightness And Self Carriage When Riding

True lightness and self carriage when riding…This is the ultimate, isn’t it? But let’s face it, riding horses can be so frustrating. Getting these results that we’re looking for that are beneficial to both your horse and you as a rider, sometimes can feel so difficult and the process can be very slow. You know that […]

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Mistakes Riders Make With Horses

Mistakes riders make with horses are sometimes not even known by the rider.But when we want to do the very best for our horses, we don’t really want to be making mistakes.This is a perspective that will help you to look at things a bit differently to find mistakes riders make with horses and then […]

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Horse Bodywork/5 Keys For Success

Does my horse need bodywork? A very controversial topic, lots of very different belief systems, and yet very valuable. Many riders get caught up in the learning of bodywork and applying it. Then the next thing that I hear or the question that I get is, “This is all taking so long, I just want to ride my […]

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Rider Apprehension: A Confident Rider’s #1 Skill

Rider apprehension affects our horse’s performance, and our horsemanship. All equestrians experience rider apprehension when training and riding horses. I used to think that we as riders were not able to overcome apprehension. But I have helped so many riders to overcome apprehension and fear in our Harmony For the Horse program, that I now believe […]

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Equestrian responsibility: horse rider responsibility explained

The way we respond to our horse, or our results with our horse, is our responsibility, not a reactionability (a term that I coined!). Why is it that we want to be responsible, rather than reactionable? It’s because a 96% of everything that we do is from the subconscious mind. And what we do consciously is only […]

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How To Melt Resistance Around Horses

Resistance, both from horses and from riders has several levels.Let’s concentrate on how to actually offer your horse what he or she requires, and how to make riding joyful rather than frightening.There can be these resistances coming up between horse and rider…Resistance to understandingResistance to raising your standard as a riderResistance to being with your […]

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In Hand Horse Training That Makes Sense

In Hand horse training (In Hand ground work) is a place for you and your horse to problem solve, get to know each other better, and develop your skill set as an equestrian. There are many objectives of In Hand horse training, here are just 3 situations where you can use In Hand ground work with […]

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Overcoming Horse Rider Fear: 3 Tips To Build Confidence Instead

Overcoming horse rider fear can be a struggle, but you are not alone. Fear of riding horses is very real and it’s not as simple as “just get back on and ride”. It takes time to overcome fear and build confidence. When I started riding my Andalusian gelding several years ago, he was young and I […]

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