Health

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]

Change Is Gonna Come

Change Is Gonna Come

I write to you on the brink of tremendous change in my life and the lives of my equines. First, some background… I grew up in the world of competing in hunter/jumper shows. In that world, horses live in 12’X12’ box stalls with small runs (my horse had an 18’X12’ run). If they’re lucky, they[Read More]

Creating a Space for Healthy Behaviors: Equine Habitat Expansion Project

Creating a Space for Healthy Behaviors: Equine Habitat Expansion Project

Project Goals: Stimulate natural behaviors Support holistic equine sustainability & wellness Explore transferable metaphors for patients & staff Integrate metaphors into treatment for patients Spirit and Apollo nibble on the leaves of a mesquite tree, pause, look across the wash, and continue to nibble this time on tufts of grass. Coy steps carefully navigating rocks[Read More]

Domestic Foragers

Domestic Foragers

The sun light peeks over the Catalina Mountains, at the sleepy desert below. Four horses stir and whinny in a large paddock. Clank! A hoof meets the metal as one horse paws at the gate.Their breakfast awaits in two areas separate from the paddock: Bermuda hay loose in feeders and Bermuda hay contained in slow feeding hay[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

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]

Raising A Foal: Episode 1 – The Birth

Raising A Foal: Episode 1 – The Birth

Introduction: If you’re in the market for buying a horse as an inexperienced person, you will have to be on the lookout for all kinds of horse related problems. There are many health issues to consider, character issues, spiritual issues, etc, and many things are not as they seem to be.  I remember I even[Read More]

Polo’s Story – Part 1

Polo’s Story – Part 1

He had a soft look in his eyes. I noticed it a hot day in August 2004. They say the eyes are a window to the soul, I believe that. I knew he was not a mean or untrainable horse. On the contrary, Polo was an intelligent horse with a huge heart. I was hired[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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