Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Student’s (Horse) Attitude

If you were teaching, what child would you want? The child who, when you show up, gives a big sigh, slowly pulls out his schoolbooks, and then finds a million excuses (i.e. going to the bathroom, sharpening the pencil, needing … Continue reading

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Dealing with Apathetic Horses

I’ve come to believe that the very first step in a training program with the horse is to instill a curiousity. Since horses are naturally curious animals this should be an easy prospect however, not so fast. Here are some … Continue reading

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Mindfulness: Horse Meditation

Like I had written in an earlier post in this series, trainers who have success have an intent focus on the horse during the training process. This mindfulness – awareness of the moment – translates to the horse who reciprocates with full attention. The two of you synch and the dancing magic begins…. Continue reading

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Lesson #14: the frustration tunnel

What an exhausting day! After all my blowhard posts about how I’m learning by accepting the process it all started¬†with frustration. Frustration is all a part of the process of learning. For me frustration happens when I’m not getting “it.” … Continue reading

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My thoughts on my riding lessons

When we are learning to ride, it’s a linear approach. There are certain skills the beginner needs to know – bridling, saddling, grooming the horse, the aids and it’s application. During this time, we are learning the basics of our … Continue reading

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