Health

I Love Homeopathy (An Introduction to Homeopathy)

I Love Homeopathy (An Introduction to Homeopathy)

Please Note: The following is for educational purposes, always consult your health practitioner. I love homeopathy, because it saved my life. My body never handled allopathic medications well; the symptoms stayed, along with a new layer the side effects the medications evoked in my body. This set me on a path to rediscover original methods[Read More]

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]

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

The Power Of Laughter

The Power Of Laughter

I have found that when interacting with horses, the less serious you are, and the more you maintain a sense of humor, the better things go. I used to be quite serious, in my life and in my interactions with my horses.  However, about seven years ago, I decided to lighten up, try to see[Read More]

Desensitizing or Flooding?

Desensitizing or Flooding?

I’ve been on a new and exciting adventure recently. It’s been quite a journey already and, coincidentally, it relates to the video in the Horse Conscious Newsletter about desensitizing… Approximately two months ago I purchased two young ponies. I am pleased to introduce to you Ciara and Friday. Initially I was looking for one pony[Read More]

#106 – Call With Sandra Wallin

#106 – Call With Sandra Wallin

Sandra Wallin has been learning from horses, in one way or another, her entire life, but it wasn’t until her horses Grace and Chiron arrived that her apprenticeship truly began. Sandra claims Grace has taught her to be a better person and Chiron is teaching her to be a better horse, and as she learns,[Read More]

Raising A Foal – Part 2

Raising A Foal – Part 2

His name is Azzari, Persian for Fire. And full of fire he is! Introduction: This series is about my adventures with my foal Azzari. I decided to share my experiences, because there are a lot of things that CAN happen, SHOULD happen, and WILL happen, and of course there are also things that SHOULD NOT[Read More]

Learning

Learning Healthy Coping Skills With Horses

Learning Healthy Coping Skills With Horses

The horses are fabulous teachers of all sorts of coping skills. The general way they live embodies the function of coping skills. Namely, they are very good at honouring themselves. They don’t try to be someone else. When I look at each horse at The Equine Connection, each of their ten personalities jumps out at[Read More]

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]

Inspiration

A Cowboy’s Initiation

A Cowboy’s Initiation

You never forget the day you become a cowboy. For me, that day happened during spring roundup. After bugging my dad for weeks, he finally agreed to let me go join the big cowboys and help gather cattle. We lived on the Lazy B ranch located half in Arizona and half in New Mexico. It[Read More]

Celebrating An Angel Of Clarity

Celebrating An Angel Of Clarity

This fall we said good-bye to Angel, a beautiful, dainty, grey, Arab mare. Angel was bought by our farrier Diane, and her daughter Sarah when the mare was six years old. She was ridden by both ladies. Later, Angel and Diane began competing in endurance races with much success. Angel was very fast, and had[Read More]

Night Run

Night Run

    My art has always been about connecting and communicating with others who feel as I do about horses and life. In this painting, the spirits of horses combine with the waves as a tangible reminder of the energetic power and wisdom in Nature. I hope you feel as I do about the mysteries[Read More]

Equus Film Festival NYC – All About Horses

Equus Film Festival NYC – All About Horses

On November 21-22, 2014 and for the first time, an film festival was held with exclusively horse-related content.  The Equus Film Festival NYC had 119 entries running in three theaters over the two-day exhibition, ranging from documentaries and feature-length films to music videos and commercials.  Countries such as the USA, Spain, the UK, Canada, Australia,[Read More]

Therapies

One With the Herd

One With the Herd

‘One With the Herd’ is an award winning documentary telling the story of healing and connection, of the relationship between horses and humans. Horses have been at our sides for centuries, carrying us to war, to work, to play. On their backs, taking us to speeds and lands we can only travel in our dreams.[Read More]

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]

 

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