Category Archives: Mark Russell RIL

Balking solution: controlling the feet

I’ve written about Z’s tendency to balk. This is her natural response to being asked to move forward when she doesn’t want too. You could also call this a physical brace. I wanted to get this worked out on the … Continue reading

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Lessons in Relaxation

One reason I journal or blog is to keep records of my thoughts and training as it progresses with the horses. In swiffering the journal recently, I had the opportunity to really contemplate Z’s history and the progress she has … Continue reading

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Reflections on Z’s horse training

Perhaps one of the things that irritate me the most about the horse community is the rigid thinking. The idea that there is only one way to do something with horses and if you don’t do it your mentor’s way … Continue reading

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Intro to Masterson Method bodywork for horses

I’ll be posting a lot about this, in pieces, over the next week or so. I’d recommend buying the book/dvd package as, for the price ($57.65), you are getting a LOT! For example, a horse riding lesson easily runs between … Continue reading

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Puzzle Pieces

I ordered Masterson Method ¬†video/book combo. I don’t remember where I heard about his bodywork for horses – probably some Youtube videos which blew me away. As my regular readers know, I’m a cynical hmmm *person*. I’m a scoffer with … Continue reading

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My way of helping

I’ve given Z the week off due to her injury¬†but will be starting her back this week to her life under saddle. It’s one reason I’ve been so quiet on the blog – the other being we were in the … Continue reading

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Connected groundwork

The weather here today is wonderful! It’s in the 60’s, overcast with a very slight breeze on the cool side. If only we had more days like that here but I imagine by Halloween we will be cold with freezing … Continue reading

Posted in hooves, Linda Tellington-Jones TTEAM, Mark Russell RIL, Peggy Cummings CG, Z | 9 Comments