The Trust Technique: Peaceful Training

Have you ever realized how much you and your horse share feelings?  Maybe you've noticed that when you are anxious and upset, so are they?  Just when you need them to be solid citizens because you are at your wits end, they have an emotional breakdown?

The Heart Math Institute has done...

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Transforming Emotions in Training Horses

REALIZATIONS

The journey never ends.  Continual lessons to be learned.  Many times in my life I have come to forks in the road where the path forward has not been clear.  Places where I struggle to find my way, frustrated and a tad hopeless.  Each time, I have to dig...

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How Your Horse Learns

Horses learn in various ways and today I want to talk about the most common ways we experience and see them learn during our interactions with them.

 

Socialization

One of the most important ways that baby and young horses learn is through Socialization. This can be from their mother and/or...

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5 Secrets To Successful Training

Consciousness

(What do I want? What are the steps for teaching it? What exactly am I looking for? Do I understand what I am teaching? Do I know how to teach it? Do I need to research or consult a coach?)

Sarah is finding out these steps in her research.  If she finds she can’t do...

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What If Rewards Aren't Working For You?

I recently read an article where the author was professing that he had tried positive reinforcement with horses and was here to say it didn’t work.  Right away my interest was piqued.  This has NOT been my experience at all.  In fact, I have seen the direct opposite.  I...

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Top 5 Ways To Ruin Your Horse

#1 Training Without Release

We’ve all heard the adage that every moment you are training your horse. We all agree with a nod of the head but what does this really mean? It means, that any moment that you release pressure you are telling the horse that they just did what you wanted. Every...

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Are You A Leader Or A Dominator?

Whack!”  You could hear it yards away.  Something was terribly wrong.  That sound just wasn’t usual.  Several riders went running in the direction of the sound.  “Did that come from the indoor” someone said, “or did it come from the...

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Does Your Horse Experience Emotions?

Does your horse have and experience emotions?  This has been an ongoing debate in both the equestrian world and in the science world for decades.  Those of you who have developed a deep bond with your horse know the answer.  A resounding YES!  In fact, science if finally...

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How Reward Based Training Has Worked For Me

Today, I was specifically asked that question by a client why I am such an advocate for reward based training with horses.  It got me thinking about the journey I have been on with my horse, Dancer and what a huge difference it has made in his life.

When Dancer was young, I was...

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