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Connection & Harmony

Ever wondered how building a true connection through groundwork can improve every aspect of your relationship with your horse? Check out Meredith’s video for a glimpse of what can be achieved.  

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The Sea of over-information

How do you tell the difference between sh#@ and shoe polish?  Between something of worth and real value or something superficial and of little real use.  Between something of substance and experience vs something with no real depth, no proof … Continue reading

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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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Had any trouble with your horse lately?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine recently, about her horse who had been unwell and who she’d had the vet out to, to see what was wrong with her.  My friend had found it really hard … 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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Suffer not in silence

For an intelligent species, humans can be pretty dim at times.  We can also be pretty callous, cruel, arrogant and ignorant.  Possibly never more so than when it comes to horses. How is it that when our horse has an … Continue reading

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The ‘Perfect’ pair of hands!

You know…..just reflecting more on this whole master rein business. And how it is supposed to be like ‘the perfect pair of hands’. What possesses us to think that our hands should be fixed? Given the desired forward, flowing movement … 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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What good is obedience without understanding?

I was watching ‘The Miracle Worker’ the other day…the story of Anne Sullivan; the amazing woman who gave a ‘voice’ to another incredible woman – Helen Keller. During her childhood years in the late 1800s, until about aged 7, Helen … Continue reading

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Spurs

Anyone who ever uses a spur on a horse, is giving away a lot about themselves as not only a horseman but also as a human. Even if they think they are using them ‘kindly’ or ‘gently’……whatever. A spur indicates … Continue reading

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‘Accepted’ Cruelty – Why do we turn a blind eye?

What is more important? What you want or what your horse needs? When it comes to many horse sports, tragically it seems that the answer is not as it should be. There are very many – actually even one is … Continue reading

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Just who are the crazy ones anyway?

I was recently admiring a student of mine as she and her horse rode a round of jumps in a field, total joy on the rider’s face and I’m certain a smile to equal it on the face of the … Continue reading

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Conversations that leave you……………?????

Amongst the many conversations I’ve had today, I’ve had two about people getting bucked off their horses. One was about a friend of the person I was talking too, who was riding her horse, got turfed off and broke several … Continue reading

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