Health

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]

U.S. Navy Veteran Rides Into Legislative Battle On Two Tennessee Walking Horses

U.S. Navy Veteran Rides Into Legislative Battle On Two Tennessee Walking Horses

A 60 year old, retired U.S. Navy veteran is about to chart an entirely new course when she enters the choppy waters of US Government legislation. Later this month, Robynne Catheron from upstate New York will ride on horseback from Ohio to Delaware to raise awareness of the apathy of US legislators towards the S.A.F.E.[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

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]

To Ride Or To Wait?

To Ride Or To Wait?

Yesterday I found something an interesting article that I wanted to bring to your attention: What are Ag-Gag Laws and Why Are They Dangerous? It seems that, due to successes, maltreaters are not bettering themselves, but are rather entrenching… In my humble opinion, misusing legislation, lobby and power to shut us up. I did some[Read More]

Beyond Natural Horsemanship

Beyond Natural Horsemanship

Since Natural Horsemanship became popular, many people have changed how they view and, therefore, interact with, the horse, and the lives of many horses have improved. It has proven to be a good start in the right direction. Those of us on The BETR Journey have taken how we view the horse, and therefore, how[Read More]

#104 – Ride Your Way To Well Being

#104 – Ride Your Way To Well Being

“Einstein defined insanity as repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting it to turn out differently. By that definition most of the horse world is insane and we see the results of that insanity in things like rollkur and other horse abuse.” On this special webinar, Jenny Pearce will take you through[Read More]

Learning

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]

The Power Behind Non-Violence: Horse Sense for Challenging Times

The Power Behind Non-Violence: Horse Sense for Challenging Times

Hooves laced with steel seemed to come at me from all directions as a coal-black stallion named Midnight Merlin ripped the lead rope out of my hands, bucked, whirled around, and lunged at me, rearing, striking, raging at a ghost. All I could do was hold my ground and pray that I was fierce enough[Read More]

Inspiration

Personal History With Horses

Personal History With Horses

This sorrel and white paint 21 yr old mare walked into my life one day as a total surprise. I always loved animals and had dogs but had never been around horses at all. I grew up on western TV series like Bonanza and Maverick and dreamed of the freeness and companionship of horses my[Read More]

An Angel To Watch Over Me

An Angel To Watch Over Me

This is very short version of a very long story. I’ve always loved horses. I grew up in an apartment in Salt Lake City Utah. I remember begging my mom to let me get a horse and keep it in an old garage out back. I didn’t really understand at the time why my request[Read More]

When Is It Time to Break-Up With Your Horse?

When Is It Time to Break-Up With Your Horse?

The word break-up scares me! Look up the term and you get words like: Ending, separation, disintegrate, fall apart, and divide. We don’t like to think about breaking up in our human-to-human relationships but what about with our beloved horses? It’s a touchy thing. Just try it. Go tell your trainer or friend at the[Read More]

Message From A Horse’s Soul

Message From A Horse’s Soul

I’ve found out I can communicate with animals since a couple of years (I discovered this by coincidence and then followed some courses to make it more useful). This week an innocent horse was euthanized because of laminitis. What bewildered me is that one of my best friends, who runs a horse shelter to save[Read More]

Therapies

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]

#92 – Dan Sumerel On Light Therapy For Horses

#92 – Dan Sumerel On Light Therapy For Horses

Dan was introduced to the world of horses was immediately enamored, as most of us horse lovers are. Sometime after he became more involved with and excited about Endurance Racing and quickly realized he needed a second horse. Enter Sunny, who was not your normal patient horse. Instead, his attitude was, “I am not allowing[Read More]

 

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