Category: Problem Horses (page 1 of 2)

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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How to Motivate your horse

Of all the problems I am called out for, lack of motivation is generally not one of them. But having a poorly motivated horse can certainly be an annoying problem. Their desire to work can be nonexistent, making them dull, listless, inattentive.

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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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Left Brain, Right Brain, What’s it all About?

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You may have heard the terms “left brain” or “right brain”, but what does this actually mean? If you have ever felt your horse had a double personality, you weren’t entirely incorrect.

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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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Having Respect Issues?

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I find that most owners that call me mention “respect” issues. This word comes up again and again, but I think the true meaning gets lost in the word. When a horse is being “disrespectful” there is actually a whole lot more happening.

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Trailer Loading Problems?

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You want me in THERE??!!

Of all the problems presented to me, trailer loading (or unloading) is the most common. It’s the one problem that most owners can not work around.

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It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Here is a great article written by Sandra Poppema of HippoLogic detailing why, when re-training unwanted behaviour, the behaviour gets worse before it gets better. “It’s always darkest before the dawn..” And here is why…

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Case Study – Cruz

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Cruz is a 20yr old retired grade A grand prix show jumper out of Cruising. His new owner bought him to use as a pleasure horse, and to give him a good end to a successful career.

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