Health

20+ Thoughts About Burnout & Sour Of Working Equines

20+ Thoughts About Burnout & Sour Of Working Equines

Sour, burnout, and other conditions (i.e. depressed, unhappy, behavioral vices, stressed) are concerns amongst Equine-Assisted fields (including Therapeutic Riding).  Many organizations, conferences, forums, articles, and workshops address concerns.  Despite efforts and suggestions, these are still concerns. The following are personal thoughts relating to addressing the topics, understanding what’s occurring, and contributing positively towards greater well[Read More]

When Is A Horse Not A Horse?

When Is A Horse Not A Horse?

I recently took on a boy called Tycho, a two and half year old hand reared colt, now gelded, and the reactions I got were very mixed. I say mixed, only one person, a friend who has brought up a hand reared foal before, said go for it.. everyone else thought I was insane to[Read More]

Equine Nutrition For The Fall & Winter Months

Equine Nutrition For The Fall & Winter Months

Here in Northwest Texas we have had adequate rain through the summer months, and the grass still grows with a nice green color. However, the forbs and grasses are rapidly losing their nutritive values, and I have already recognized that my horses have begun losing weight, and the luster in their hair coats. Time to[Read More]

Love Makes The World Go Round!

Love Makes The World Go Round!

Yes, that might be a cliché, but love really is the basis for connection, for healing, for trust, and for a deep-rooted sense of peace and safety. Love is in every interaction we have in our day to day lives, whether it’s with our horses, dogs and cats, our friends, strangers on the street, co-workers,[Read More]

Equipment

Bitless Riding – Is The Horse World Coming Of Age?

Bitless Riding – Is The Horse World Coming Of Age?

Way back when I was a kid and I first learned to ride, the idea of not using a bit was unheard of. It wasn’t even in the realm of consideration. Just like breathing, bitless was not even thought about, let alone debated as an option. Bits just were. Returning to horses many years later[Read More]

Warrior’s New Shoes

Warrior’s New Shoes

As beautiful as Warrior is, he has one serious flaw. He has soft soles and feet that are seriously off kilter. When he was rescued he had hoof wall abscesses which made him unridable. My first farrier Rob Hoffman was experienced in both shoeing and bare foot practice, he managed to keep Warrior fairly comfortable.[Read More]

The Four Pillars of Natural Hoof Care

The Four Pillars of Natural Hoof Care

Natural Boarding Jaime observed, and others have confirmed, that the Great Basin wild horses travel 10- 20 miles every single day, over varying terrain including lots of volcanic rock. They navigate it effortlessly. The energy of predation, in other words, having natural predators, keeps the horse moving, bending to observe their surroundings, keeping in peak[Read More]

An Introduction To The Origins and Principles of Natural Hoof Care

An Introduction To The Origins and Principles of Natural Hoof Care

With as many factions and methods of natural hoof care out there today as there are breeds of horses, one can become quite lost when trying to navigate their options and get a grip on what path it is they will tread for their horses. Within my school of practice, we look to nature, literally[Read More]

Training

Connect With Horses Through Peace

Connect With Horses Through Peace

To enter the world of horses we need to be aware. Thinking all the time about the future and the past is not a part of a horse’s world. We’re often jumping between future and past. One thought after the other rise. In between there is the present. The past is finished and the future[Read More]

How Much Should You Work Your Horse?

How Much Should You Work Your Horse?

I was lucky enough this year to attend a day of the local clinic of a famous clinician. I have studied this clinician’s philosophy, watched videos, read articles, etc. so was thrilled to have the opportunity to watch him work live. As I expected, I agreed with much of what he said. Therefore, one comment[Read More]

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

As someone who has taught horsemanship and Equine Facilitated Learning in numerous countries for a long time, I do get a uniquely international perspective on programs involving horses that are offered in other parts of the world. In 2010, I taught in six different countries. I find that some names people use to label their[Read More]

Learning

Be Like A Child With Your Horse

Be Like A Child With Your Horse

When I used to work with acting students I spent a lot of time reminding them of how to be a child. In one exercise, which my old students tell me they still look back on with fondness, I used to make them draw their thoughts with crayons, robbing them of any opportunities to create[Read More]

Horses And Nature As A Path To Awakening

Horses And Nature As A Path To Awakening

Horses have made me a better person. Definitely, positively. Indisputably. They are telling me. My family and friends tell me. I can tell. Not that I was a bad person before. And in the realm of horsemanship, I have always treated my horses well and looked for more considerate, softer and natural ways of training[Read More]

What Is True Leadership?

What Is True Leadership?

Before reading this, take some time – and I mean real time more then seconds and minutes – to think about your answer to this question and then compare notes… The word itself can be transformed into the sentence: having knowledge ( -ship ) about leading (leader- ) The reason for me writing this article[Read More]

Human Fear and the Equine Flight Response

Human Fear and the Equine Flight Response

My passion for horses goes as far back as the 1950s when the French film “Crin blanche” was first shown on British television. It was the tale of a small boy’s communion with the white horses of the Camargue. To me it signified beauty and freedom, and I longed to have a horse of my[Read More]

Inspiration

My Buddy – A Poem

My Buddy – A Poem

      Approaching the Barn I call out his name Buddy… Turning his head He glances my way He neighs He walks Ever so gracefully He is my Buddy My dear sweet Buddy Greeting me He lowers his head Rubbing his nose on the gate Watching me His heart outstretched; He pulls back ever[Read More]

The Wind Horse’s Prayer

The Wind Horse’s Prayer

Return to Freedom… Don’t you just feel your heart skip a beat when you read those words? Mine sure did, and does, for I know within the loving and protective embrace of America’s Wild Horse Sanctuary awaits the stuff that dreams are made of… MUSTANGS! So when I read about Tony Stromberg’s photography workshop there[Read More]

Believe, Believe, Believe

Believe, Believe, Believe

This new music video premiered at the 2014 EAHAE Conference in Poland. The song carries a message illuminating the power of unseen forces that guide us… Not yet a HorseConscious Subscriber Member? It’s FREE – Click Here! × Enter Your Name And Email Address Below For Instant Access Yes, claim your FREE copy of ‘The[Read More]

Watching And Waiting

Watching And Waiting

I stand here in the morning mist Quietly watching and waiting The air is filled with Pegasus’ kiss From nostril flared, exhaling Staccato’d hooves pivot and step Like a fine flamenco dancer Nostrils roll, they prance with snap For this – there is no answer For they are proud and noble steeds No arrogance do[Read More]

Therapies

The Sacred Ride

The Sacred Ride

Be welcomed to the land by an 18 hand giant – whose gentle shadow follows as you walk amongst the herd. There, in a creek – lined meadow, you are visited by horses who are balanced and loved, who choose to approach, to inquire, sharing space with you on their terms, in their own way.[Read More]

How To Communicate Without Words

How To Communicate Without Words

If there was any further proof needed that horses have emotional intelligence and sensitivity, here it is as a boy with Williams Syndrome meets a new friend… Not yet a HorseConscious Subscriber Member? It’s FREE – Click Here! × Enter Your Name And Email Address Below For Instant Access Yes, claim your FREE copy of[Read More]

Because Of Love

Because Of Love

In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals; for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon, man should learn.[Read More]

Incorporating The Herd Into Equine Massage Therapy

Incorporating The Herd Into Equine Massage Therapy

Have you ever considered having your horse massaged? A certified equine massage therapist can bring great relief under a variety of circumstances: to the equine athlete, the horse recovering from injury, the backyard trail buddy, or a rescue. However, have we considered all the options for getting the maximum effectiveness out of our equine massage[Read More]

 

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