Category: Project Horse – Finn

The Ultimate Guide to De-spooking Your Horse

Last year I wrote 3 articles about the process of de-spooking. Here are all the articles re-posted in their entirety.

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Preparing to De-Spook

Several elements need to come together in order to be successful at this. For this reason, this will be split into two parts. Part one will focus on preparing to despook. So lets get started!

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The Story of Finn

This is more of a case study then an article on training techniques. This is the story of Finn. Where he started, how far he’s come, and where he is going. If you have ever gone on a natural horsemanship journey with a “problematic” horse, you will find bits of your own story here.

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Advanced Despooking with Finn

In previous articles (despooking part 1, part 2) I discussed the basics of despooking using rhythm. In this article I will take it one step further, and add the element of chaos.

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What to do When the Shoulders get “Stuck”


In this article I will discuss the importance of being able to move the shoulders, and what to do when you can’t!

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The Art of Despooking Part 2

In this article, I will continue to teach you how to despook your horse. It is very important that your horse is prepared for this task before you begin. For details on preparing your horse, read part one here.

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Preparing to Despook Part 1

de-spookingSeveral elements need to come together in order to be successful at this. For this reason, this will be split into two parts. Part one will focus on preparing to despook. So lets get started!

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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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Finn Sees the “Light”

 I have started writing about Finn, my recent project horse. Finn has no stop, no whoa, no off button when things go wrong.

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When Whoa Means Go!

Or a horse named Finn!

Recently I took on a project/problem horse named Finn. He is a black 7 yr old 15’2 cob. He has a fantastic temperament and is a very well put together cob, however Finn has some massive holes in his training foundation.

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