Health

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]

Using Equine Guided Leadership To Develop Emotional Intelligence

Using Equine Guided Leadership To Develop Emotional Intelligence

This is an excerpt from a University of Kentucky research Study titled: “The Effectiveness Of Equine Guided Leadership Education To Develop Emotional Intelligence In Expert Nurses” There are several healthcare institutions across the United States that utilize Equine Assisted Learning activities as part of their training and development for both nurses and medical students. In[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

True Liberty

True Liberty

Stepping in open grassland near Warner Springs CA woke up all my senses. I have never felt as aware, and free as I felt at that moment. I was trying to find some horses that I had seen, few days before, grazing in the same place. They weren’t there, but their presence was evident, and[Read More]

The Xen Of Hope

The Xen Of Hope

“Nothing of beauty can ever be accomplished by the use of force.” – Xenophon A few weeks ago, I went to a confidence building clinic with 2 of our horses, Chiron and our new horse Xenophon… Xen for short. The flyer talked about building trust and understanding, two things I’m all for. The clinician introduced[Read More]

A Few Words From The Horse….

A Few Words From The Horse….

Look, [expletive deleted] we don’t do ‘alone.’ In OUR world, in OUR culture, in OUR way of life, we are only told to leave our immediate family when we reach maturity to form our own family. The young mares are quickly assimilated into another stallion’s family (harem band) or won by one of the stallions[Read More]

Learning

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]

How Do Horses Experience The World Differently To Us?

How Do Horses Experience The World Differently To Us?

How do you experience your world? As humans, in general, we experience our world in sights and sounds. We gather data from those senses, secondarily from our other senses, and then we process and analyze the information. Why do we rely heavily on sight and sound? Our sense of sight is our most developed sense.[Read More]

Inspiration

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]

The Story Of A Horse Called Jiggs

The Story Of A Horse Called Jiggs

It was the spring of 1968 and the Asst. Dean of the College of Agriculture at OSU had called me into his office to tell me I wasn’t to come back to school that coming fall. I was 12 hours short of graduating! He said I was a bad influence on the student body. Something[Read More]

Therapies

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]

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Camp owned and run by Lori Chell – www.serenityequestrian.com Photography by Lorelei Hoffarth – www.loreleihoffarthphotography.com   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 HorseConscious Interviews’ ebook PLUS the following fantastic bonuses: * Access[Read More]

 

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