Horsemanship

Horsemanship

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Cheerleading and Coaching Horses

Here is a simple concept you can use that will immediately change your relationship with your horses. It will also help with your spouse, children or the person behind the counter at the convenient store. It is the recognition between cheerleading and coaching. When I...

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Decomplexicating Horsemanship – Eliminate Fear

“This horse is a killer!” I was in the next stall working on the teeth of a big bay Warmblood gelding when I heard these words spill into my quiet concentration. The connection I had made of earned trust and respect with my horse remained even though the hot summer’s...

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Get Your Brain Right, Get Your Horse Right

The Wall Street Journal often has some really good articles.  This weekend’s issue (Feb 22, 2020) had an article on bias in the media (“Detecting Fake News Takes Time” by Alison Gopnik). It had a different point of view that I had not thought of.  Let me quote: “David...

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Horse Behavior – Difficult Horse

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Horse Behavior – Fight Or Flight Reactions

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Horsemanship – An Introduction

Horsemanship is leadership.  This simple phrase sums up all of my experience with connecting with tens of  thousands of horses I have never been with before and creating a willing partnership in minutes.  When asked by someone if they could learn what I do to connect...

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Horsemanship – Do Not Reward Bad Behavior

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material I love teaching this principle to new horse owners because as soon as I describe it, a complete and instant understanding is made.  Training by reward is very effective even if the thing you are training the horse is NOT what you...

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Horsemanship – Horse Communication – Talk To The Hand

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material As I was watching Robin Williams in the movie, “RV” I paused and replayed a dozen times the section where he tries to prove he is a cool dad to his son.  They were on a lonely basketball court at a state park with two other boys...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 1

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material A horse can kill you or hurt you.  This needs no proof.  Until about 100 years ago everyone in the world used horses to shape human civilization.  It is hard for many of you to imagine a world without cars, trucks and planes but in...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 2

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The horse that will hurt you is your own. This law is about complacency.  As we become comfortable around our horses we start taking short cuts.  Another aspect to this is that with experience people tend to become over confident...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 3

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Whenever working with a horse, always use a halter and lead.  Stay connected. The idea behind a physical connection with a horse is that it prevents the horse from positioning themselves into a spot where they can hurt you.  There...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 4

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Place yourself between the horse and the exit.  This is an interesting concept that needs to start with a story or two.   I was finished working on a horse and the owner wanted to take the mare outside to the paddock.  She reached...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 5

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Become the leader.  This law is based on a simple principle of horses.  They exist in groups with a hierarchical structure.  In other words, there is always one horse that is the leader and the rest are followers.  How this is...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 6

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material To be the leader you need to know the personalities of who you are leading. Take 4 people and ask them to take out the garbage from the kitchen.  The first one you say, “Take out the garbage please.”  The second one you say, “Get...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 7

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Seek first to understand…   This law is the first of two laws that are intrinsically connected yet they need to be discussed separately.  Originally it came from Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People”...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 8

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material … then to be understood.  All leaders have an agenda.  It is the purpose of a leader to have a vision of where the group will end up.  Again from Stephen Covey’s book, to “Begin with the end in mind.”  If the leader is...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law 9

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Energy is everything.  Whether you are looking through a microscope or a telescope, everything you see is created using energy.  Some of you may believe in a deity, a divine being, who is the creator of this energy and some of you...

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Horsemanship – Irrefutable Law Ten

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material A horse is a horse.  Horses are living, breathing beings with thoughts, needs, wants and desires.  They have a unique digestive system.  They live in herds with a unique system of social rules.  We humans have captured them forcing...

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Horsemanship – Never Stand With Food In A Field Of Horses

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Herd behavior is the structure that horses use to make sense of their lives.  This is how they avoid danger as each horse is responsible to warn others of something coming.  Immediately the rest of the horses blindly follow before...

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Horsemanship Is Leadership – a HorseTalk™ Webcast

January 3, 2016 Horse leads – available anytime a horse is led on this farm. Rope leads are OK for most horses but the leads with chains are used to control fresh horses. The chain is passed either over the nose or through the mouth like a bit. On occasion some...

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Podcast #012 – Fight Or Flight In Horses

Doc T discusses the portions of the brain responsible for the horses identifying danger, analyzing the threat and then responding to the go / no go for launch into either a fight or running from the area. Understanding the separate locations within the brain and then...

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Podcast #014 – The Personalities Of Horses

Horses are like humans in the way they express themselves as blends of four basic personalities. When working with horses, it is important to understand that we cannot change them just like we cannot change another human. The only one we can change is ourselves. Once...

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Podcast #026 – Horsemanship With Daniel Dauphin

Daniel Dauphin is a horseman from Lafayette, Louisiana with a passion for training horses using horsemanship skills he learned from mentors. His website and social media are listed below. We discuss a variety of topics including what drives us to become better...

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Podcast #046 – Horse Psychology With Dr Jenny Susser

Today’s guest is Dr Jenny Susser, a sport and performance psychologist from Ocala, FL. In her words, she “successfully applies her years of experience merging mind and body wellness with performance, helping people making a lasting and positive difference...

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Topic – Beyond The 10 Irrefutable Laws Of Horsemanship

“Treats” – ready for action. Be sure they are used to reward good behavior. Unfortunately they are mostly used for rewarding bad behavior or they are given only to make the human feel loved by their horse. This is called spoiling. Discussion: In this...

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WARNING – This horse may kill you!

The White Horse Melissa approached the 7 year old gelding warmblood the same way she approaches every horse she sees – with leadership. The owner had called two days earlier and said that she would not be attending the appointment because she knew she was a...

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Who Is Responsible? (part 1)

Here is a question from Loretta that was asked in a recent Horse Talk webinar at The Horse’s Advocate™. It was free and no one left the meeting during the first hour! “I was wondering if there is a sure proof way to expose your horse to everything and keep...

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Who Is Responsible? (part 2)

(See last week for part 1) Leaders Need To Know Who They Are Leading Different personalities need different styles of leadership.  A dominant personality needs a leader who can look the horse in the eye without fear but remain as calm as smooth water on a lake and...

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