Tag: natural horsemanship

Longitudinal Bend, Flexion, and Give

This lovely image shows a horse moving in the most elegant self-carriage. Longitudinal bend, flexion, and give create the lowered hind quarter, elevated front and ultimate lightness in movement. My last post was concerned with the lateral bend of the horse. Today I hope…

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…

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

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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…

Unnatural Horsemanship: Standing up for your horse – and yourself

For years I have watched, read, and listened to a growing number of natural horsemanship trainers. As a natural horsemanship practitioner myself, I want to be pleased at its increasing popularity. But I was recently an observer at a natural horsemanship clinic in 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…

Lily’s Story Part 5 – Learning “Feel”

Horses will keep you humble! In the last post Lily was finally accepting Amy’s leadership. Their bond was strengthened and trust became deeper. We were steadily moving forward in a positive direction, however, not without challenges. Lily has a background of abuse. I believe…

Working with a “stubborn” horse

I sometimes get asked training questions via e-mail. Although nothing can replace hands-on individual training, I appreciate the chance to help people working with their own horses to find a kinder, gentler, and more effective approach to developing a true partnership. I will be…