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Moving Toward Softness

Moving Toward Softness

Finding the words to express the way a horse works has been a difficult task, but with help from an individual skilled in this art, I have attempted to explain some of my thoughts on horses. I hope you find them helpful.

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Northern Horse Review - March 2004

Beginning the
Conversation

Beginning the Conversation

This article will demonstrate how to get the brain of the horse present so that this conversation can begin, but first, we need to look at our own end of what is definitely a two-way street.

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Northern Horse Review - April 2004

The Round Pen - It's the Thought that Counts

The Round Pen - It's the Thought that Counts

Used well, the round pen is a wonderful tool that can help deepen the understanding between a horse and a person, but used poorly – as it so often is – the round pen creates fear and only forces a horse to give up, give in and comply.

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Northern Horse Review - May 2004

The Meaning of the Rein

The Meaning of the Rein

If you have successfully used your ground work to build a relationship in which your horse trusts your leadership, thinks that following your thought is a good idea and softens willingly when you ask him to move his feet, you are in a great place to start communicating with your horse through the rein.

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Northern Horse Review - June 2004

Softness Clear Through

Softness Clear Through

Using your rein to achieve softness clear through can improve not only the relationship you have with your horse, but every aspect of your horse’s performance, as well.

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Northern Horse Review - July 2004

Erase the Brace

Erase the Brace

Bracing is a problem that many of us encounter at some point, when working with our horses. Bracing can be extremely subtle or blatantly obvious, but in either case, we may not always know what to do about it, or what caused it in the first place.

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Western Horse Review - May 2008

Achieving Balanced Training for the Two Year Old

Achieving Balanced Training for the Two Year Old

When you care for a young horse, the time will invariably come when you will face the age-old question that will profoundly affect the rest of that horse’s life: To begin training or wait a while longer? This particular question has sparked much heated debate in the horse world and is one I would like to explore in this article.

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Horse Canada - April 2010

Taking Softness from the
Ground into the Saddle

Taking Softness from the Ground into the Saddle

Have you ever witnessed the effortless grace with which some horses are able to carry their riders? It’s as though both parties are so in tune with one another that they simply glide from one manoeuvre to another.

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Horse Canada - May 2010

The Thinking Horseman

The Thinking Horseman

Every rider has been stumped by his horse at one time or another. It’s natural to blame our equine partner and chalk it up to disrespect, disobedience and bad character. However, these are all human tendencies that simply do not exist in horses.

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Canadian Horse Annual - May 2010

Keeping your Horse Focused
out on the Trail

Keeping your Horse Focused out on the Trail

Time on the trail is the perfect opportunity to truly connect with your horse. The key to a relaxing outing is to be able to control your horse’s mind while also giving him the opportunity to relax and be a horse.

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Trail Riding - May 2010

Understanding the link between
resistance and training difficulties.

Understanding the link between resistance and training difficulties.

Have you ever wondered why some of the world’s top equestrians often use a lot more equipment than just a saddle and a simple snaffle? Whether it’s at the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games or even a local event, you will notice a great number of horses outfitted with intricate bits, martingales and their tie-down cousins. Are these extras really necessary for a winning ride?

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Horse Canada - November 2010

Resistance VS. Softness: Begin With Ground Work

Resistance VS. Softness: Begin With Ground Work

Most people do not enjoy fighting with their horses, and there isn’t a horse alive that enjoys fighting with humans. In fact, both humans and horses are happiest when their relationship is built on a foundation of what I call “softness”, which in this context means a willing flow of responsiveness in the horse, free from any mental or physical resistance.

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Equus - January 2011

Mounting Block 101

Mounting Block 101

Good riding begins from the ground up, but sometimes, it’s getting off the ground and into the saddle that challenges our horsemanship most.

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Horse Canada - April 2011

Getting Bridling Right

Getting Bridling Right

Do you ever stand on the tips of your toes, reaching up as far as you can, desperate to slip a bridle over your horse’s head? Even the most accomplished riders sometimes struggle with the seemingly simple task of bridling.

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Horse Canada - June 2011