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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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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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Case Study – Charlie

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Charlie is a 12yr old thoroughbred x gelding.

Problems are primarily napping and threatening to buck while hacking out as well as trailer issues. Owner suspects respect issues, as he can be bossy and difficult to manage. Attitude/behaviour is unpredictable as one day he is fine, and other days he is definitely not so fine.

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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