Tag: equine psychology

Lily’s Story – Part 7

It’s been quite a span of time since Lily 6 was posted.   We had regrouped from Lily’s explosion and continued with her training. Her explosion was one of total fear and loss of mental control.  Because of this we returned to ground work.  I…

Training Tip: PTSD in Horses

I am excited to guide my blog into a direction that will encourage and allow more interaction from the readers.  In addition to articles I will now include monthly training tips including horse keeping, handling or perhaps tips on tack!  Basically, anything that applies…

Stop Hurting Your Horse!

Twenty-five years ago I attended a John Lyons clinic where he said something that has stayed with me throughout all of my own training, the training of horses, and my teachings to my students. He said, “There are two rules in all training of…

When Horses Shy: How to Give Your Horse Confidence

herd of horses

You’re walking along a beautiful trail; your horse is happy, relaxed; all is serene – suddenly, you find yourself in a spin that would do any reining horse proud, followed by a mad gallop! Yikes! One might think a bear had come out from…

Dragons in the Bushes: Overcoming Fear of Riding

rider falling off

Over the 40 years that I have had the privilege of teaching horsemanship, I find the number one obstacle that deprives riders of both progress and pleasure is fear. Fear of riding horses does not discriminate, nor does it have boundaries. Equestrians of all…

Cavesson fads and fashions – resist the pressure!

horse wearing flash noseband

In the 1970s, cavessons created for the purpose of closing a horse’s mouth (flash, figure 8, crank, etc) became popular, and since they seemed effective, I, like most, followed without question. But a few years later, a well-respected equine dentist, Ron Ross, visited my…

Lily’s Story Part 6 – Making Mistakes and Moving on

Lily, Lily, Lily!! That’s what I heard myself say as I watched in horror as Lily exploded into the air… with Amy astride! Oh my goodness, there is so much to learn from this horse. In the last update (Part 5), I felt confident…

Why does my horse shy? – Understanding equine eyesight

I frequently say that a large part of horsemanship is studying the horse in nature. Yesterday while working with a student, I witnessed a great example of this. My student and her horse seemed to be connected and the horse appeared focused on his…