Category: Favourite Articles

The “Natural Horsemanship” Dilemma-Are we Forcing Obedience?

“The right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult”. This is a very effective technique used by natural horsemanship trainers.

This is a technique I have called upon on numerous occasions, the basis for “fixing” and retraining “problem” horses. But suddenly I have changed, and I now have a problem with this idea.

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Anatomy of a Trailer Problem

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Umm NO

Its no secret that I fix a lot of horses with trailer issues. In the last year I have solved these types of problems for 17 horses and their owners. But what causes these problems, and more importantly, what goes into fixing them?

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“Natural Horsemanship” vs “Normal Training”

 
This is one debate I try to stay clear of, its a bit like asking who do you vote for? Opinions vary greatly and I’ve seen discussions become very heated. However, I feel that by calling myself a “natural” horseman (or woman as the case may be), I would rather give my opinion on my terms. So here it is.

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Feel, Timing and Balance

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If you are a student of natural horsemanship, you will have heard the phrase “feel, timing and balance” on multiple occasions. If you are new to natural horsemanship, you will eventually come across this idea. In this article, I will explore what this idea mean to me, and hopefully explain it in a way anyone can understand.

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Coping with Fear

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Fear is something everyone in the equestrian world has felt at some point. Whether it was a brief sensation during a fall, a course of particularly large jumps, or on going, fear is something everyone faces (or doesn’t!) sooner or later. In this article I will discuss fear, and provide some strategies and insight into this sometimes debilitating emotion.

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Working with Foals and Weanlings

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I’ve spent a lot of time recently working with weanlings. It’s always very rewarding giving a young horse a great start to working with people! It has inspired me to write an article about handling youngsters. If you have a young horse, here is a bit of guidance to help you get started on the right foot.

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When the Problem isn’t *The Problem*

I have a lot of horses presented to me with very specific issues their owners would like to see fixed. In most cases the problem presented isn’t the actual problem.

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Working Without a Net


When I first came to Ireland, I found it strange that there wasn’t a round pen in every facility. Back home, everyone has a round pen. Even traditional show barns have round pens to keep the arena free from people lunging their horses.

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Hes a Great Horse Except…

If I had a dollar (or euro!) every time I heard that sentence, I’d be a very rich woman!

We all love our horses, and they do so much for us, sometime willingly, sometimes not so willingly, but most horses have an “except” in them.

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