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The Natural Aids

Allowing the horse to stretch his whole body while working helps prevent muscle pain which can lead to behavioral issues as the horse resists the rider requests.
| posted in Riding

The aids are the means by which the rider communicates his or her will to the horse. Artificial aids, such as whips, spurs, long whips, and all types of special tack, can be very effective when properly used. But the secret to equitation lies int he use of the natural aids -- the seat, the hands, and the legs.

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Do Tack Stores Perpetuate Abuse?

Horse tack is often designed to be cruel and painful and to force the horse’s submission rather than earning his trust and communication.
| posted in In The Media

I avoid purchasing from major tack stores anymore, even from many local ones as they too carry very abusive items. I don't want to support that kind of thinking in the industry so I look to buying items used from acquaintances and if not from them then from other individuals who aren't in the business of retailing products to pain-train horses.

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Artificial Horse Abuse

Show horses are often the victim of openly abusive practices.
| posted in In The Media

Just looking through the bit selection is enough to make you throw up. But they also offer ginger salve to "aid in maintaining a proper tail set," and in case you're a professional they sell it by the case...

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Horses vs Horse-Related Activities

We often sacrifice the horse’s well-being in order to serve our own ego and look to gain connection and acceptance from other people.
| posted in Quick Posts

Perhaps you've experienced this at some point as well. When I was still very new to horses and participating in my first shows and horse fairs and campouts... I never felt like I belonged, and I didn't! I wanted it to be about the horse, not about comparing ribbons and trophies. Not about sitting around the trailers, drinking beers and telling bad jokes. Not about rubbing elbows with people who'd "accomplished" things (titles, trophies, wealth). I wanted it to be about learning to be a better equestrian, to take a few steps further in the endless quest for knowledge with the horse.

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Week 9 : Recovering a Sense of Compassion

Having a sense of compassion should be a requirement for equestrians of all disciplines to help prevent common abuses that occur in the riding and training of horses.
| posted in Artist's Way for Equestrians

This week finds us facing the internal blocks to creativity. It may be tempting to abandon ship at this point. DON'T! We will explore and acknowledge the emotional difficulties that beset us in the past as we made creative efforts. We will undertake healing the shame of past failures. We will gain in compassion as we re-parent the frightened artist child who years for creative accomplishment. We will learn tools to dismantle emotional blocks and support renewed risk.

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Concentrate Your Way to Better Riding

Learning how to focus our attention to the horse while riding can be difficult as we try to tune out distractions in the arena and from our personal life.
| posted in Riding

All disciplines of riding can be improved through mental concentration. The ability to tune out distractions, tune out your personal thoughts, tune out that speeding ticket you got on the drive to the barn; and tune into your horse, what you're feeling through the reins, what your body is doing in the saddle, the timing of the aids, your horse's balance and gaits and... riding.

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Week 8 : Recovering A Sense of Strength

Developing strength of character as an equestrian does not mean giving up on your artistic or creative self but instead acknowledging the difficulties, facing them and moving forward.
| posted in Artist's Way for Equestrians

This week tackles another major creative block: time. You will explore the ways in which you have used your perception of time to preclude taking creative risks. You will identify immediate and practical changes you can make in your current life. You will excavate the early conditioning that may have encouraged you to settle for far less than you desire for your life.

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Week 6 : Recovering A Sense of Abundance

Equestrians often deprive themselves of self abundance, self indulgence, self care for their creative nature.
| posted in Artist's Way for Equestrians

This week you tackle a major creative block: money. You are asked to really look at your own ideas around Life, Money, and creative abundance. The essays will explore the ways in which your attitudes limit abundance and luxury in your current life. You will be introduced to counting, a block-busting tool for clarity and right use of funds. This week may feel... Volatile.

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Professional Horse Fighters

Making excuses for treating the horse in a rough manner are commonplace and largely ignored but affect the horse no matter your motivations.
| posted in In The Media

That's what I'm going to start calling them. They aren't trainers, they aren't riders or partners or any other word used to describe someone who's willing to listen and converse with the horse. No. Instead they are people who, for whatever reason, choose to pick fights with the horse.

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Week 5 : Recovering a Sense of Possibility

Artist and architect, Durand Seay, incorporates symbols of balance, serenity and spirituality to transform space into form, while evoking a sense of natural movement and temporal abstraction. His Paintings are inspired by a fascination with structures found in nature; and at times, the work becomes surreal, exploring the subconscious mind through fantastic imagery. With his intuitive character, the art is guided by spontaneity and expresses a sensual and abstracted language.
| posted in Artist's Way for Equestrians

This week you are being asked to examine your pay-offs in remaining stuck. You will explore how you curtail your own possibilities by placing limits on the good you can receive. You will examine the cost of settling for appearing good instead of being authentic. You may find yourself thinking about radical changes, no longer ruling out your growth by making others the cause of your constriction.

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To Noseband, Or Not To Noseband

Horse rubbing his face on the rail of a fence at a horse show.
| posted in Riding

"In dressage, there's very little risk of nose-diving, at least actually diving into the dirt. So the noseband is used for other purposes. Well, the same purpose, of course, shutting the mouth, but for a different reason."

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Winning Every Training Session

Parelli horsemanship and other methods that promote the idea of ‘winning’ and dominance do a great disservice to both horse and rider in their care.
| posted in In The Media

"I had broken the contract. I had let personal feelings dictate my actions every time we encountered. Not once did I ever turn and simply ride off, without first giving chase. My father, bumbling and slow as I thought of him when it came to herding cattle, had almost corralled her and, except for the antics of a well meaning hunter, would have. She had fulfilled her part of the contract, She had, in spite of her wildness, given me a calf every year. In fact, as I learned the next day, She had renewed her end of it, for she had been pregnant. I, in return, had caused her death simply to show her who was boss. I sure enough showed her."

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Download : Dr. Deb Bennett on Horse Maturation Rate

Horses mature skeletally slower than most equestrians or vets commonly believe.
| posted in In The Media

If you're unfamiliar with the article, I cannot recommend enough that you read it cover to cover to better understand the true rate of skeletal maturation in the horse. Also why it is a bad idea to start 2 year olds under saddle.

For those who are already familiar, this is an updated version of the old, original article. You could also print out a few copies to have on hand to share with other equestrians who question why you haven't "just started" your horse already.

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