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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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Freedom Based Training Workshop with Elsa Sinclair

If you don’t know Elsa’s work, prepare to be blown away!

It all started with a question, that became a project, that became a crowdfunding campaign, that became a film, that became the ‘Freedom Based Training’ programme.

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Elsa Sinclair and Taming Wild

Last week I saw a movie that touched me deeply. I have found myself a bit lost since cutting back on training, and this movie seemed to touch on the element of horse training I felt I was missing out on. That movie was Taming Wild by Elsa Sinclair.

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Why My Pedestal Hates Me!

Kippling loves the pedestal

Last year I had a very beautiful pedestal designed and built. I had every intention of making them available for sale, but never was completely happy with my options for a non-slip top. Although it is technically unfinished, I have found several uses for it, and it has suffered the abuse!

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Me, Natural Horsemanship and You

Recently I was asked to write an article for the “Natural Feeding for Horses” Sept newsletter. There is a bit about me and what I do, how and why behaviour problems arise, and how the average horse owner can incorporate a bit of natural horsemamship into thier daily routine. Enjoy!

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Back to Work for Mr Kippling

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I have not been able to resist the urge to work in my halfway built round pen. It’s certainly not ideal, but it is more then I have had for my own use since I stopped leasing facilities (years..). Today I had the most fun I have had in a very long time.

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Meet Toffee Pops

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Toffee Pops is the newest member of our family. We bought him for our 4yr old daughter, but like most horses that come into my life, he has a few problems. When I look at Toffee, I don’t think of him as a “problem” horse, however I would not have advised any of my clients or students to buy him, which certainly puts him in the problem horse category!

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How to Build a Winning Arena (Round Pen)

As I prepare to build my own round pen, I thought I would share this fantastic article detailing how to build a winning arena (round pen).

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About Me

About me:
I’m Johanna Dunn and some people call me a horse whisperer. While that is a very flattering title, it is only a very vague description of what I do. What I am is a very effective trainer that uses psychology and herd behaviour (as well as creativity and experience) to rehabilitate horses and train people.

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What’s New at Natural Bridges?!

As we move into better weather for Spring, loads is happening here at Natural Bridges. It’s an exciting time and set to be a very busy summer!

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