I have been doing FT with my gelding for the last couple of years, we seem to be taking the slow route through the program but on the other hand our relationship has improved tremendously. I was nearly 49 when I started learning to ride, and a couple of months later met him – 8 […]
Avete presente quando, dopo tanti sforzi e fatiche, si comincia a pensare di essere arrivati a un buon punto del proprio percorso e, per così dire, a capirci davvero qualcosa? Magari anche con un certo compiacimento e soddisfazione? Insomma, finalmente siamo sulla strada giusta! Se la risposta è sì, si può anche immaginare cosa si […]
I can’t help anyone who ‘wants to train their horse.’ That’s not entirely true. Let me rephrase that. I can help anyone who wants to ‘train their horse,’ but I choose not to. Why? because if I did, I would be sending them down the same pathway that leads to chaos. Let’s start at the […]
One summer, a new occupant arrived in the empty five acre pasture across the street from our property. He was a 16.2 h, bay Quarter Horse named Cowboy. Day after day I saw him wearing a halter 24/7. Seeing him watching my horses and I interact and play together while wearing it day after day, […]
The following evaluation was developed as a minimal guideline for horses interacting with children between the ages of six and seventeen utilizing group Immediate Intervention Equitherapy. It was developed for the sole purpose of minimizing physical and/or emotional trauma caused by negative interaction between horse and client and is quintessential for any type of adolescent/equine […]
From the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude toward the problem.” ~ Captain Jack Sparrow ~ How utterly absurd that a fictional character in a movie could possibly offer any enlightenment in the world of horsemanship! And yet, in truth, Captain Jack’s insightfulness is actually […]
Sometimes when we want to continue doing or believing something for whatever reason, (tradition, personal, peer pressure, etc.,) we tend to rationalize to justify the beliefs or actions of what we want to continue believing or doing. If we didn’t, we might be forced to admit that what we are believing or doing, (in this […]
Because we have no need for tools, aids, or gadgets, (an often small mechanical or electronic device or contrivance with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty) it may have left the impression that some of us think those who use clicker training with their horses are somehow ‘bad.’*Nothing could be further […]
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So You’re Going Bitless? Finally, at long last the dawn of enlightenment and common sense is reaching the horse world as bitless riding is grudgingly becoming more prominent! For those of us who have been riding without a bit in our horse’s mouth for decades, (or any contraption that may cause possible discomfort or pain) […]
Might be best for some of you boys to roll up the windows and fasten your seat belts. OK. ‘Short and sweet’ meaning; dealt with very quickly; to the point. Which, (at least to my understanding) is the way any man worth his salt would like it; in your face, point-blank direct, down to-earth, no […]
My horse KoKo was 4 years old when she came to live with me. I hadn’t had a horse in several years and I knew I wanted to do things differently than I did in the old days. I began to study every so called Natural Horsemanship I could find. All the names you’ve heard […]
Before you start sharpening the pitchforks, boiling the tar and collecting feathers, perhaps I should explain. It’s a beautiful cool Spring day and I’m going out riding with a very dear friend as soon as I finish writing this. In fact, we’d be long gone by now except for something that came up a little […]
I had an interesting conversation with an FT family member this morning. It brought to mind once again that as a human goes through the program with their horse, it is both a teaching, and equally important, learning experiential. What some may not realize is that the same holds true for me as well. This […]
I know the picture is of a Zebra but… the point of this is Whiskers! Do you think that a Zebra finds some rock or tree to rub off their vital sensory organs (whiskers)? Wild horses they too don’t stop off at the local barbers for a trim so why does it matter that humans […]
Then there’s this from Johanna and Jensen her PRE Andalusian stallion, (and the first stallion she’s ever ‘trained’). We’ve had couple of interesting occurrences since starting pre conditioning… First was a few weeks ago, and it’s a bit of a confession. Jensen’s physio/body worker was due to come for a follow up visit, and she […]
It is said that history repeats itself and accordingly, that we can prevent a great deal of adversity in our lives by simply avoiding the mistakes of our ancestors. Nowhere on earth could this be truer, than our relationship with the Horse. If we truly desire to unleash his full potential, and share with him […]
It is amazing how we take some things for granted until something calls our attention to it and forces us to consciously stop and ask ‘why’ we do or use something. And so it was when the subject of using ‘whips’ was recently discussed on an Internet equine related forum. For some reason, the controversy really piqued my curiosity.
FT does not force a horse into submission. Instead, it uses the horse’s own values and standards of Equine Friendship to create a much different type of relationship. This produces safer and more enjoyable interactions on the ground (as well as mounted interactions) for both horse and human. It also prevents many problems from ever […]
Sometimes long distance learning is not for everyone, so with that in mind I have available, to those who prefer more interaction with their mentor, the opportunity to get on a call with me to go through the curriculum.
I can look at the videos of you and your horse for me to understand where you are at and what level of help you need.
It was about a week ago now I was feeding up my guys, Boorie was in his classroom area and Nirji was in his section with his hard feed. Now Boorie being an ex racehorse does get lots more to eat compared to my other three who are all ‘well doers’, and Nirji that particular […]
Ready to join the FT Family which is why you are here then please do the following prior to purchasing the modules so you and I can be sure FT will be a fit for you and your horse. So you will have read all ‘About Us‘ and ‘Why FT‘ and I am sure you will have read the testimonials and other supporting documents which is why you are here and ready to join the FT family.
Now that you have successfully completed Module 1 which is the first and most important part of your journey, I am now going to share with you the second part of this wonderful journey for you and your horse, taking you both to the next level of friendship and above all trust.
Over many millions of years, horses evolved a physique and patterns of behaviour that were necessary for their survival in the wild. Like all animals, they have to respond appropriately to events occurring in the world around them.
What exactly makes this alternative paradigm to our present equine training and manipulation so ‘different?’ Well actually, everything! Different philosophy. Different perception. Different values. Different association and interactives. Different goals. Different relationship!
Researchers on all sides of the nature vs nurture debate agree that the link between a gene and a behavior is not the same as cause and effect. While a gene may increase the likelihood that we, (or the horse in this case) may behave in a particular way
In the last generation, the phenomenal interest expressed by horse owners worldwide has been focused in three basic areas. Acquiring a greater in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Horse in his natural environment and herd dynamics. Searching for more compassionate, humane methods of training. The last, and perhaps most difficult to define, is the feeling […]
In the normal intra-herd relationship, herd rank is a survival aspect of herd dynamics. Intimidation, pressure, discomfort, and if needed, physical punishment are used to establish and maintain the highest herd rank possible. Our present day natural horsemanship trainers predicate their basic training format on the documented empirical studies of highly accredited equine research scientists […]
Q. Why are no ‘aids’ allowed? A. Simply put, because they are not needed. The alternative paradigm offered here goes far and beyond ‘animal training formats’ to establish an intimate relationship most horse owners dream of, but rarely ever attain with their horse. Thus it has no need for the commonly accepted ‘tools of the […]
While sharing noninvasive, nonviolent time with the horse, offering treats and tactile association (rubs and massages) can be beneficial, they neither encompass the entirety of essential steps of a bonded Peer Attachment relationship with a horse, nor do they develop a maximum degree of reciprocal communication, absolute trust or complete understanding. That is exactly what […]
We would strongly suggest the very FIRST place to start is learning more about the specifics of the animal they are dealing with from the empirical studies of equine ethologists and research scientists. Why? Why learn about the Horse in his natural environment? Why take the time to learn about equine instincts, culture and herd […]
Horsemanship – The skill in handling and riding horses, equitation. From the Latin equitaare, to ride horseback. All cultures change through time, as no culture is ever completely static. Most cultures, however, are fundamentally conservative in that they tend to resist change. Some cultures resist change to such an extent that they enact laws to […]
Our next step would be understanding the clear distinction between ‘training’ and prioritizing/establishing the Peer Attachment (friendship) relationship with our horse. To do this we would first have to have to understand the distinction between building an extremely intimate relationship with a horse and ‘training.’ Using this alternative paradigm the horse would first learn various […]
Our first step off our traditional ‘training merry-go-round’ would be acknowledging the tremendous difference between the normal intra-herd relationship and the Peer Attachment relationship (referred to by equine ethologists and research scientists as affiliated pairing
Countless times we read on the Internet and equine magazines about someone’s ‘bad horse problem.’ To the casual uninitiated observer, this must seem rather illogical if not ridiculous as we have had 6,000 years
Friendship Training is the only known format that is specifically designed to overcome the huge abyss of misunderstanding between horses and humans and prevent the recurring generational problems caused by traditional training methods. Friendship Training is also a unique experiential and life enrichment that can only be gained by creating an intimate, interspecies friendship with […]
Our principal responsibility as the mentor/caretaker, the one in charge, the one in control and the supposedly more intelligent of the two species must be to always ask WHY before making any judgment of a horse’s actions
Nowhere on the face of the earth is there a more convoluted human activity. No license, no basic requirement of one’s knowledge, skill or understanding is required. Simply plonk down the money, and drag your horse back home
Can horses talk? Actually, I suppose one could say that they are "talking" every minute of their lives. Can horses talk to humans? They certainly try very hard to communicate to humans using a great variety of methods. Unfortunately, more often then not, we either aren’t listening or we misinterpret what they are trying to […]
Each year, thousands of horses are bought, and later on sold by their disillusioned and disenchanted new owners and passed on to someone else as either "untrainable" or "just too much horse" for their owner. Quite often, they are taken to the killer plants where they are butchered for meat after every traditional method of […]
by Charles H. Mintzlaff An evaluative dissertation contrasting the detrimental effects of relational and cultural traditions embodied in contemporary equine management and training versus an alternative paradigm. ~ Proclamation of Origin ~ I do hereby state that to the best of my knowledge and belief the following submission is of my own research, development and […]
Mind over Methods By Emma Kurrels When working with people interested in equine behaviour one complaint heard consistently is “I am confused with all the different ‘methods’ and conflicting advice”. Owners and students depend on ‘experts’ to show them the way, but to where?
Perspective: Noun. a. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective. b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance;a point of view. c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance. Sometimes, when […]
At our very first acquaintenceship with the horse, he was regarded as a source of food. In fact, for many thousands of years, he was our major food supply. In the ensuing milleniums of our relationship with him, he has been regarded as a simple beast of burden to be "trained" like a circus animal […]