Need Help?

Horse Ideology is my primary blog to document my personal doings with my horses. It’s also the most opinionated with my views upon horse trainers, horse business, training and care.

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10 Responses to Need Help?

  1. mel says:

    Empowered Horses by Imke Spilke

  2. Kathy says:

    I’ve only gotten a few chapters read in Dominique Barbier’s “Dressage for the New Age,” but I already recommend it.

    But, I wonder if being attracted to reading certain books is like being attracted to attending certain churches. You attend the one that says what you want to hear.

  3. I don’t even know your name, and I assume most of the people commenting on here know you personally. However, I have been getting your blog updates and wanted you to know that I appreciate your philosophy. I also understand that posting one’s opinions can be problematic as it can draw a lot of negative criticism that’s unhelpful. I appreciate how you aren’t afraid to say what you feel about something but back it up with actual reasons. It’s also nice to read about someone going through training issues in real time. I work alone as you do, consulting my own resources and trying to figure things out on my own. It can be frustrating and may take a long time to figure out. When it comes down to it, most issues are far more complicated than what the horse training marketing would have you believe. I like your approach, as I said, and just wanted you to know someone is listening without judgement. Keep up the good work!

    • Hello Cari
      Thank you for your kind comment. It came at a great time!
      I think I’ll address some of what you brought up in a new blog entry. BTW I don’t know if anyone reads this blog haha! Generally, it is for my own recordkeeping and as you’ve noticed I call a Spade a Spade, which is probably why this blog has a low readership! 😀

  4. I too want to second Cari’s comments and say a big THANK YOU. I have been following your blog for quite some time. I found it by chance and keep reading it as you post. So often I agree with your insights and am right there with you in your struggles. I too am 50 something and am muddling through horse training and health issues on my own. I too study others and take a bit of this and a bit of that approach. I agree with the approaches you settle on and come back to for solutions. I just want you to know your voice is being heard and thank you for sharing and being open and honest about your struggles.
    One technical question, often after reading a post I want to comment on that post but there isn’t an option to post a comment below the post. For example on “Free Play vs. Equipment Work” there is no comment section available. Is it possible to comment on a specific post and I’m just not seeing it?

    • Wow! 2 comments in one day! Things are getting busy around here….
      Thanks Patricia for your comment. I had turned off comments for the blog due to spam and that not many comment so it seemed easiest to deal with it that way. I am turning comments back on today – if you have commented and been approved (like on this post) you should be able to comment without approval. First time posters will still need approval – that weeds out the spam.

  5. Andrée Oulmann says:

    Hello from France! Wow! I am so happy to have discovered your blog. I am a little over 50 and have a Fresian who is 8 – I take classes to learn dressage (beginner) – but I am also interested in creating “that bond” with my horse (Phaeton) which is something I think I am really missing. I don’t do any groundwork — I found you did some Intrinzen work? Do you think this is a good program? It seems quite different/good? and perhaps a good match with dressage? (dressage just for “fun”) – or is it “better” to cull information the way you do from across different platforms? i am concerned I will get lost and give up. I am looking forward to following your blog. Thank you, Andrée

    • rebeccadante says:

      Hi Andree! I find the Intrinzen program very intriguing and it is definitely worth a check out. I would prefer to respond though in a private email with details so you can reach me at eqenlighten at yahoo dot com if you like.

      • Andrée Oulmann says:

        Hi there!

        I just wanted to let you know I sent you an email yesterday – please have a lookout for chezandree/


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