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1. Barefoot Trimming Course
...e owners and people who regularly work with horses. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and the confidence needed to keep your own horses hooves trimmed and healthy. C...
Friday, 24 April 2015

2. TREC comes West
...given route on a map at given speeds. Checkpoints are placed along the route, but their locations are unknown to the riders. The distance starts at 12kms for beginners and can be as long as 45kms at C...
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

3. Bits CONTROL Horses
(Articles/Articles) bit for him to understand more. People think that there's a direct relationship between what a horse knows and what kind of bit is in his mouth. What actually happens is that the horse gets used to...
Thursday, 29 August 2013

4. Learning a Foreign Language
...rd and the unspoken word, communicating by body language only, (that of the animals without words as we know it) ARE and ALWAYS WILL BE worlds apart. If we moved to a foreign country we would ha...
Wednesday, 18 January 2012

5. Negative Re-inforcement
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 whi
Sunday, 14 November 2010

6. Fertilizer Poisioning
...This seems to be supported by what I have read on We all know our horses and while I was finding it hard to accept that both my horses may have suddenly ...
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

7. Baby, the little mare who wouldn't give up
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... rest of the herd, of her own accord and without any stumbling (she even had a few steps of trot)!!!! I know she's not out of the woods yet but this is the best she has been in over a year!! I h...
Wednesday, 21 April 2010

8. One Rein Riding
... for all she's worth. Just about all horse owners have seen it or had it happen to them. Truth be known, if a horse really feels the need to flee, nothing will stop him. The fact is, that ...
Wednesday, 17 March 2010

9. Chronic Founder
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...rocedures that would be deemed as veternary and regular vets don't study the subject enough to fill the knowledge gap between the two. Here is an interesting article written by a vet who has cho...
Sunday, 10 January 2010

10. Partner in the Arena
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... her way she will reverse, circle, go sideways and "her favorite" reverse into a ditch as she knows this worries me.I have tried to ignore this behaviour and just focus on the direction I wa...
Saturday, 03 October 2009

11. Sarcoids and Warts
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... has his warts (although a bit calmer) and Polly still has a couple of small sarcoids so I will let you know how we get on. I will continue with the Apple Cider Vinegar ...
Saturday, 03 October 2009

12. Bute v Herbal Substitute
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...e her a shot of amoxocylin (anti-biotic). That night she developed a colic. I called the vet to let him know she was in distress. He that giving amoxocylin they can develop a colic. He never told me t...
Saturday, 08 August 2009

13. Bitless Rope Bosal Bridle
(Articles/Article Archive) been riding bitless for the past five years and have used a few different bitless bridles, some well known and some not so well known. Always looking for one that is the works for commumicatio...
Friday, 17 July 2009

14. What is Quantum Savvy
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...ight advise/opinion for you that will work not just with one horse but any horse you deal with. For any knowledge to be useful and meaningful, it must provide consistent results, results that are repe...
Friday, 17 July 2009

15. Positive Pony Power
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... we hoped to achieve this weekend. Just before lunch, we went out to the yard to meet and get to know the horses we would be working with. In addition to Polly and Magpie we had 2 shetla...
Tuesday, 05 May 2009

16. Fun with a Western Saddle
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...k on but with very small steps initially. About half way down she started walking normally. Dont know why she hesitated on the downhill? We were out for a total of about 3 hours. When we...
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

17. Inconsiderate Motorists
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...ay of passing traffic. Luckily I have horses which are used to traffic but I want to let drivers know that respect is still necessary for horse riders. A 600kg horse through a driver&rsq...
Saturday, 28 February 2009

18. Snoozing on a Sunday afternoon
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...hine. It was lovely! Here is a clip of Polly enjoying the afternoon as only Polly can. Polly really knows how to chill out: ...
Saturday, 21 February 2009

19. Magpie Laid Down
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...ped that I had a bond with Magpie. I wanted to re-assure her that I would never hurt her and to let her know she could trust me. It requires such a high degree of trust from a horse to its owner to li...
Sunday, 01 February 2009

20. Mongolia Charity Horse Trek
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... of contrast with a vast sea of green grass on the steppes, to the ochre sand dunes of the Gobi desert. Known as the 'Land of the Blue Sky' it is a remarkably sunny country where grasslands and desert...
Thursday, 11 December 2008

21. Know When to Stop
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...ful try I would have saved us both having to go through the whole process over and over again. I KNOW that you are supposed to reward the smallest try but I think human nature took over, or may...
Saturday, 06 December 2008

22. Harley the Brave
(Articles/Article Archive) a controlled stride. I keep using stride as opposed to walk as Harley strides everywhere. He doesn't know how to take baby steps!  All this time, Polly was bringing up the rear appx 50 ...
Sunday, 23 November 2008

23. Baby's Story
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...y (very quiet and polite). This is how Baby got her name. I couldnt see the horses I had come to know over the winter being shot for no apparent reason other than they didnt do well wintering o...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008

24. PH Clinic May 2009
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...rve all styles of horsemanship and pick the bits that work for them and their horses! Using a wealth of knowledge gathered over many years we help people research the various trainers, methods and the...
Saturday, 15 November 2008

25. Feeding Whole Oats
(Articles/Article Archive) should see some benefits. It may help Magpie with her moods over the last couple of months. I know she is intolerant to Alfalfa and whilst there is only a small amount in HiFi Lite this coul...
Sunday, 09 November 2008

26. Horse using Rhythmic Pressure
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I know that video quality is very poor but you will get an idea of what happened when I was trying to teach Baby how to yield to rhythmic pressure. She understood the question but reversed the re
Sunday, 09 November 2008

27. Pedestal
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...e circumferance of the tyre the weight would be evenly distributed inside the tyre. Will let you know how that works out. My friend has decided to produce Round Pens, Grading Gates, Metal...
Saturday, 25 October 2008

28. Competition Horses
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...rrently, he has an Irish Draft mare who gave birth to a colt foal in May this year. The sire was a well known thoroughbred stallion and the general concensus is that the colt should make a good Sport ...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

29. Ready to Ride Results
(Articles/Article Archive) say the least when they were all brought into the arena with their handlers.  As we all got to know our horses on the ground I looked over to see Colm with Harley getting to know each other. ...
Sunday, 03 August 2008

30. Make The Right Thing Easy
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...tually after about 20 minutes we got going. I decided to halt for a minute to call my friend to let her know we were running late. Bad move!! As soon as I stopped riding, Magpie tried again to turn fo...
Sunday, 27 July 2008

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