Problem – Captain Jack ?

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 […]

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Stalling/Caging Your Horse

First a few more references concerning caging/stalling a horse: I have never heard of horses that are not stalled developing stereotypic behavior such as box walking, weaving, pawing/digging, cribbing, head bobbing, box/wall kicking, wind sucking and self mutilation. www.cp.vetlearn.com/Media/PublicationsArticle/PVE_03_05_248.pdf “The various common stereotypic and CD-related equine behavior problems are not observed in feral horses or […]

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Horses aren’t made to be ridden

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 […]

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The Horses World

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.

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The Search

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 […]

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Training Merry-Go-Round

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

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The New Horse

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

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Plain spoken truth

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?

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Perceptions

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 […]

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I am a Horse

I live almost anywhere on earth that a mammal can exist, from the swamps and bogs, though the great plains to the mountains. While I am both swift and strong, my life is governed by the fear/flight instinct of survival, as I am a prey animal. The only humans who could possibly understand what it […]

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