Tag: working with your own horse

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

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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…

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…

Lily’s Story Part 4 – Following the Leader

Lily’s in-hand work progressed quite nicely. Initially, she was difficult to catch and halter, but that was quickly fixed. She learned to follow Amy and Brian’s body language. She would move forward freely, back up, step laterally, and would stand at a halt, coming…

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…