News from ISES, the international society of equitation science. ISES position statement on the use/misuse of leadership and dominance concepts in horse training.

  You did not hear from me for a while, I have still lots of things about horses that I feel I need sharing with you but I just could not get myself motivated to go on and write. From the start of my weblog I had the goal to clear the sky about dominance … Continue reading News from ISES, the international society of equitation science. ISES position statement on the use/misuse of leadership and dominance concepts in horse training.

How to help your ‘herd bound’ horse.

Making shaping plans to solve problems can help. Take your time to think about how to solve problems and use patience so you can build new behaviour step by step.

What have you ‘human’ done for me lately

Our horses are pretty good in calculating what is in it for them.  I want to share a few thoughts on keeping a good relationship with your horse. I have to add to this that this is only one tiny aspect of the happy horse concept. For example: If your horse lives in a stall … Continue reading What have you ‘human’ done for me lately

The story of Excellent.

This story is from my early days with horses when I was 13, 14. I would like to share this because it illustrates where my fascination comes from. How our emotions, intentions and thoughts are influencing our horses. In less extreme cases it maybe missed but I was lucky to be aware of the process … Continue reading The story of Excellent.

What goes around…

What goes around comes around. Onix is a hot-tempered son of a PRE stallion and his bossy mother. For a while his language was always written in hooves and teeth. Specially on moments when he felt overwhelmed with emotions. When Ramon and Onix were weaned of, they had spent almost two years in the herd … Continue reading What goes around…

Playing with the elements, the wind.

We had a windy day, and we did some confidence building. My horses live on 2,5 hectare pasture, and their environment is pretty much the same all the time. Not so much room for mental stimulation. I want to have confident horses, so I give them possibilities to investigate things. First on safe ground then … Continue reading Playing with the elements, the wind.

Mindful horsemanship inspiration 4

Horses are perfect energy readers, so if we are wise we take mindfulness in action.

Is your horse hard to catch?

Lets get into real problem solving instead dealing with a symptom. Read more.......

Pressure-release or Punishment-release? You make the difference.

They call it teaching the horse to yield for pressure... Most horses first response to the yo-yo game is bracing against the pressure/pain. Because that is the nature of horses. Then the human adds more pressure/pain, this causes stress and conflict in the horse. Read more.....

Want versus allow, a big difference for your horse.

A fine example of the need to be aware of your energy. Lesson given to me by Onix and Ramon. Make energy work for you.