Horse and human help for making your first off-property ride a success

It can be nerve-wracking for anyone (professionals included) to venture off the property with a horse for the first time. This becomes more challenging for novices who don’t have the benefit of drawing from decades of experience. Know you’re not alone – everyone has some doubts, anxiety and excitement associated with that first public appearance. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do at home to make this premiere event comfortable and fun for you and your horse. Horse help you…


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What’s in it for you at Horse Sense and Cents®?

We’re all about keeping the horse in the conversation. Whether this involves customized young horse training ideas designed to help you understand what your horse is trying to tell you (you can read tons of free blog posts to get you started) or finding new career ideas for you with horses in the mix (through our Inventing Your Horse Career initiative), we offer a variety of free and low-cost resources that are unusual and tons of fun.   Horse Sense…


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Do you have jitters about that first ride off the property ride with your horse?

preparing you and your horse for the first off-the-property ride

Act fast (before June 4th) to grab our e-booklet Preparing you and your horse for the first off-the-property ride for free Novices and professionals alike get butterflies (and sleepless nights) thinking about how that first ride away from home might go. Of course, for experienced riders this usually involves a first for the horse, where with novices (hopefully) they’re on a more seasoned mount. In both cases, the angst you feel is magnified as you express it to your horse….


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Blog tour and horses – what fun this could be!

Some time ago Jackie Anton announced her plans for a book blog tour. Honestly, although this is something I’ve heard of, I didn’t have prior experience as a direct participant. Regardless, it seemed right to respond to her call for help as a fellow horse enthusiast and author.  Backyard Horse Tales: Sox I read the book Backyard Horse Tales: Sox, which is the subject of this tour, with plans to provide a review as part of this post. What I…


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Somtimes horses are just plain crazy

Sneak Peak excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners. Due for public release in 2010. Red Red came to us after having been “broke” by a girl who had little experience and less heart. She gave up after this four-year-old filly began flipping immediately following her hopping in the saddle. Apparently this went on for awhile, and this steed learned she could immediately and successfully end the lesson with this strategy. We spent some time on the ground with…


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Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners sneak peak

Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for public release in 2010. Discounted bulk pre-publication orders now being taken.     Chapter Eight Sometimes they’re just plain crazy On occasion, you really do find yourself burdened with a nut. While preliminary bad breaking definitely exacerbates problems, when you strip it all down and finally get past the baggage, there are times you must admit that the horse you’re working with is simply just not right in the head. Interestingly, these…


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Turning Challening Horses into Willing Partners sneak peak book excerpt

Sneak Peak excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners. Due for public release in 2010. Horse Sense for sour equines • Rule out physical issues that may be causing pain and the horse’s associated frustration in his failure to communicate. • Do not continue to push a sore horse, or you will only make him sourer and could turn him mean. Give him the help and the time required to heal prior to resuming training. • Figure out whether…


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Horse Sense for encouraging a timid equine

Sneak Peak excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners, due for official publication in spring, 2010 • The round pen provides the close quarters to begin to develop a rapport and trust with a timid horse. Here, you can establish some basic body language cues supported with voice commands to present yourself as a confident, kind guide while you encourage and reward your steed to tackle future requests with courage. While many contemporary horsemanship methods advocate considerable training time…


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Sour horse approaches

Chapter Seven Turning a sour mount There are a number of circumstances that can make a mount sour. One who has been drilled too hard in the arena and given little opportunity to relax in different surroundings can often be transformed by backing off of the flatwork and jumping. Simply choosing a varied routine that gets them fit and supple on the trails or in other new and interesting environments can quickly improve your mount’s attitude. If your horse is…


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Encouraging a timid equine

Sneak peak excerpt from Chapter Six of Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners (due for release in winter, 2010). Timid horses are very different than those that have been conditioned to be scared. Usually, they’ve been rushed and overwhelmed. Consequently, a timid horse is generally insecure about surroundings and new experiences but not terrified about how their handler or rider will react when the horse responds with a fearful instinct. While many of the strategies in dealing with a scared…


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