Sooner or later most horse folks meet or hear about a horse that is dangerous or unstable. People who own such horses seldom wish to keep them but have no idea how to get them off of the feed bill honorably. Every horse person has an opinion about every horse question. This problem is no different, but here’s the unvarnished truth.
Every trainer and clinician gets asked about handling horses that don’t tie or sit back when they are tied. It’s a universal problem because there isn’t a perfect answer. Here are the three basic options when your horse won’t tie or pulls back.
Children and horses are often taught that the rules of behavior at home are different than those expected in public. When new friends come over for Sunday dinner children are told to use their “company manners.” Children are asked to exhibit a higher standard of etiquette, restraint, and attention than they did the other 160 […]
The difference between transformative relationship and all other relationships is that the principals are changed – they are transformed from what they were to something new, something more. Not only are the individuals changed, but the once clear line of separation has blurred.
The primary characteristic of transformative relationships is endless commitment.
I wonder about a lot of odd things. This morning I realized I had “fried” my brain in much the same way I fried that of my first show horse, General Silver, some 25 years ago. In the course of my morning wonderment I came up to a question about ADHD and video games. I’m going to ask for your opinion since I don’t have an answer to the question.
This article compares the basic “commands” Jesus gave to His disciples with the four basic “commands” we give to our horses. Read on a bit further and you’ll begin to realize that rarely will these four be used in a commanding manner.
Jesus tells us we must be as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. This short story perfectly illustrates the simple wisdom and common sense of third graders.
From the mouth of little children we learn the simple difference between being fair and being effective.
When a horse puts up figurative yellow caution tape around part of its body or resists a particular situation there is an obligation to resolve the problem and tear down the tape. What do you do if your horse says, “You can’t get on my left side,” or “Don’t even think of using spurs on me buddy,” or “Pick up my hind feet at your own risk,” or “Touch that girth and I’ll bite you”?
“This year’s American Horse Council National Issues Forum was titled, “Where Have All the Horses Gone?” During the recent forum in Washington, D.C., the question was answered on several levels, but the data also led to more questions.” 7 answers to the question…