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Forget a code of practice – make Horsemanship mandatory!

What an incredible time we have had during our ‘You Can Do It Too!’ Tour, and a very timely one also. While we have been busting a butt to try to change the way people work with and relate to … Continue reading

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No more runaways.

My kids love their ponies. I love my kids.  So, I need to be able to trust the ponies to keep my children safe.  But as good as the ponies are, and even after all the time we’ve spent on … Continue reading

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Will that be one shot or two?

Once upon a time, the world was HUGE.  Getting from one place to another took ages and here in Oz, it also took several gerry cans off petrol and several spare tyres.   Long distance phone-calls were exciting, rare events that … Continue reading

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You don’t need a bridle – connect with his mind and his body will follow

If a horse’s movement, power, collection and impulsion come from the hindquarter, shouldn’t the bridle go on their tail? Since the earliest times of horse / human relationships, we’ve been obsessed with getting leverage on the head of the horse.  … Continue reading

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Change your heart, change your horse.

Without warning the horse turned and lunged at it’s owner, teeth bared, ears pinned. I quickly stepped in to help and no one (or horse!) was hurt but the owner was left shaken naturally, for some minutes. The horse did … Continue reading

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Whose fault is it anyway? The truth about vices.

Why is it that we are so quick to blame the horse when he does something ‘wrong’ and yet are quite happy to take the credit when things go right. In this day and age when there is such a … Continue reading

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They’ll never understand

This is my favourite picture of Spydie and I.  It’s not a good photo in that it is blurry and the light was bad.  I don’t remember when it was taken.   I know where it was, but I don’t know … Continue reading

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Building Rapport – Part 1

Have you ever been in a relationship with perhaps a spouse, family member, friend or workmate, where you felt that no matter what you did or said, or how good your intentions were, the other person just took everything the … Continue reading

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The illusion of safety – it’s not about the horse!

Humans are the most incredible of species. We are so creative, inventive and full of fantastic ideas on how to make, fix or improve things that it’s almost mind-boggling. You’ve only got to pay a visit to the nearest tack … Continue reading

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So you think you have Control! – even Thoroughbreds can do it.

I often wonder why so many people, of the horse riding variety, seem to be under the false illusion that they can control a horse…..at all. By what logic do we think that a mere human can control and contain … Continue reading

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