Ponderings on horses

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Dealing with head shyness

By |February 20th, 2018|Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses, Working with "Ronnie"|

Ronnie gets an itchy mane, and I have been using Coconut Oil and counter-conditioning via combined reinforcement (CR) to treat it… and the head shyness that developed… […]

Q and A: Horse fitness

By |June 27th, 2017|Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

Question: There is a lot of information on getting your horse as fit as a fiddle and what we should be doing week in and week out in training.  […]

Harness Racing Australia – I applaud your effort, but I think you screwed your people over…

By |April 30th, 2017|Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

So if you haven’t heard Harness Racing Australia (HRA) will bring in a complete whip ban in September 2017. Now you may think this doesn’t effect you if you aren’t into harness racing… but I urge you to reconsider that thought. […]

We all use pressure… some just don’t like to talk about it…

By |April 27th, 2017|Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

When did using pressure to train horses get such a bad rap?  […]

Natural Horsemanship just isn’t natural… actually none of this is…

By |April 19th, 2017|Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of many natural horsemanship techniques and practitioners; Buck Brannaman would be one of my all time hero’s. […]

#talkbacktuesday 14.03.17 – Can I lessen my horses flight/fight response? Part 1 of 2.

By |March 14th, 2017|#talkbacktuesday, Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

Question from Carissa, Howard, Qld, Australia: With correct training does a horses flight/fight response diminish or are some horses naturally strong minded? […]

#talkbacktuesday 7.03.17 – What is ‘Flooding’ and the ‘Inside rein to outside leg’ phenomenon…

By |March 7th, 2017|#talkbacktuesday, Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

Question from Christine (Schierensee – Germany) “If I apply two aids at once am I ‘flooding’ my horse?” […]

#talkbacktuesday 28.2.17 – Why does the ‘old way’ work then?

By |February 28th, 2017|#talkbacktuesday, Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

Sam’s reply to my answer to her question from last week: So how come the old way works? […]

Stories from the Arena #1 – The horse must continue…

By |February 27th, 2017|Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses, Tales from the Arena|

So yesterday while riding I had a realisation…  […]

#talkbacktuesday 21.2.17 – ‘How does my horse process information?’

By |February 22nd, 2017|#talkbacktuesday, Equitation Science, Ponderings on horses|

Question from Sam: As humans we can process information to achieve a desired look, but can the horse even process all of the constant pressure/aids to interpret them for training, and if so, how exactly (brain function) does this happen…? […]

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