All natural horse care in the west of Ireland

Negative Re-inforcement
Sunday, 14 November 2010

How many of us know the difference between negative re-inforcement and punishment?? Or do we generelly use the term negative re-inforcement in place of punishment?

Holding the reins closed whilst asking for a change of direction is negative re-inforcement. Smacking the horse because it didn't do as you asked is punishment.

Fertilizer Poisioning
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

May 2010

What happened was the fields where my horses graze was fertilized by the farmer who owns the land. I dont like fertilizing the land for the horses but the farmer insisted that it so after a lot of discussion he put fertilizer on very lightly. Only half a ton over 5 acres.

Well I was away in UK in May and my husband called to say that he was asked to move the horses into the pasture which had only been fertlilized 10 days before. I was not happy about this but was assured by the owner that it would be OK as we had had some rain.

I had read somewhere that you should not put horses out on fertilized land until you had seen at least 1inch of rain. We had not seen anywhere near an inch of rain by this time.

Back to Basics
Sunday, 25 April 2010
We have been doing a bit of work with Harley the last couple of weeks and he has been progressing really well. So well in fact that we have started taking him out on short hacks in the company of his mum.
Baby, the little mare who wouldn't give up
Wednesday, 21 April 2010


I was near to tears this morning - tears of happiness that is!! Those of you who have been following Baby's story will understand

How did the Modern Horse Originate?
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Many millions of years ago a fox-like animal roamed across the plains of what is now the American continent. At that time the continents were not even divided as they are today.
One Rein Riding
Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Single rein riding is the step that riders and horses should learn before being ridden on two reins. It is not a replacement for riding on two reins, it is just an intermediate step that most people tend to skip.

If you already ride on two reins, then you just need to go back and see what single rein riding can give you that you might be missing.

You will learn what it feels like to ride on a release and to ride a horse that is relaxed and soft.I think that once you have ridden on a single rein, you will never ride on two reins quite the same way again. And this is a good thing.

There is a difference in how you connect to your horse that you cant get if you never take that step of going to one rein for a while.

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