Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2010-07-26 13:40
Nicole’s second question was with regards to ’round penning’. I use quotes for this term because I seldom put a horse into a round pen for this work, more often it’s in a two acre paddock with 3-4 horses. When I have a horse that does not come when called or leaves when I’m haltering, I will drive them off and separate them from their herd. I used to do this with a lot of energy and make them go at least at a trot, if not more. There would be lots of directional changes, both inward and outward turns. Then I would ask them to come back to me and most of the time they come running in.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2010-10-18 12:58
Sometimes the simple things work wonders with horses. This is another story I want to share with you about how I caught a horse that was uncatchable. It was during my first job in La Jolla, California where I was hired to handle a large training center of hunters and jumpers. What they like to do in some of these training centers is to play a little joke on you on the first day that you arrive. It’s a way of breaking ice and getting to know you a bit better through laughing together.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2010-04-05 09:38
If you can keep adjusting your leadership to be more dependable, flexible, understanding and intelligent, the horse is more willing to form a loyal partnership and put a greater effort into his performance. The biggest mistake people make in their relationship and communication with horses is to not understand that the development of leadership with horses should be spent in managing the connection, bond and trust through attentiveness. Being attentive, you can respond to the changing attitudes in the horse and the environment and keep a horse willing before he gets out of hand.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Tue, 2010-08-03 11:13
This is journal entry from Lori, who writes about her magical and unexpected experience using the Waterhole Rituals™ for the first time with her horse Ben. I worked with Ben today on the Waterhole Rituals™. Since this was going to be the first time for Ben, I lunged him first to make sure that his energy level was low and that he was warmed up if he wanted to run around when I turned him loose. Then I took the lead rope off and took some hay into the center of the ring. He began to eat. I walked around the arena for a while and then sat down in the sand to watch him.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Tue, 2010-01-19 13:33
My family instilled in me that dogs learn fast, horses can too, and most animals seem to learn faster than humans. It was this idea that caused me when I was a child to understand that I needed to develop my ability to learn from horses so I could be on par with them.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Wed, 2010-04-21 09:22
Previously I was talking about horsemanship, trust and connection, which led me to ask the question about what you would like your partner to be like. Now the reason I asked this was, and this is going to sound a bit out of place, but a horse wants to be treated like a woman wants to be treated.
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