Heart of Equus

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 […]

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The Evolution of Horsemanship I. Whips

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.

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The Changing World of Horsemanship…

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 […]

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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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Revelation

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 […]

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Reality

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 […]

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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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Lady’s Hope

Hi! It’s me Lady again! I don’t know why all the other horses picked me to be spokesperson as I’m “lowest on the totem pole” in our herd, but here I am! They all wanted me to add a little explanation of what our Grandpa Chuck calls “Friendship Training,” and why we think it is […]

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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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A few words from the horse

Editor’s note: The following views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of management or the editorial staff. Management is not responsible for ‘affronted feelings of extinction-induced fear’ or cognitive dissonance. Please direct all concerns and replies to The Horse. A Few Words From The Horse… Look stupid, we don’t do ‘alone.’ In OUR world, […]

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