Horsemanship Journal Magazine CoverWe have packed this issue with coaching articles from a variety of horse trainers and coaches to help with your horsemanship practice. In this issue, we have a number of articles focused on helping both you and your horse to improve confidence. Natasha continues her A to Z of confidence, this time focusing on Image, Jealousy, Knowledge and Luck. Freddy Steele has 5 Ways to Build Your Horses Confidence and 5 Ways to Build Your Confidence.

One of the exciting aspects to editing Horsemanship Journal is getting to meet new people, and in this issue, we got to chat with Manjeev Chaudhary who has been on an extraordinary horsemanship journey taking him around the world, and now running the only natural horsemanship centre in India to provide the natural horsemanship movement in India and Asia a place to carry out their dreams with horses.

We're delighted to have Gillian Higgins from Horse's Inside Out help our understanding of the horse's digestive system to enable you to feed more effectively, reduce the risk of intestinal problems and allow him to perform more efficiently.

Front Cover | Manjeev Chaudhary - Horsemanship India


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What's Inside the October Edition of Horsemanship Journal


Building the Bubble #4 Just Honour Them

Anna Blake continues to explore 'Building the Bubble'. In this instalment, Anna talks about how we earn the right to share our horse's bubble.

Horses were created to be a part of the natural world, and like all animals, express their lives in their unique way, for their own reasons. If we manage to learn from them, it's our luck and not their job. They owe us nothing.


Top tips to building confidence for you and your horse!

5 Ways to Build Your Horses Confidence | 5 Ways to Build Your Confidence

Building confidence in horses is vital for the overall development of the horse. A confident horse is usually comfortable in its surroundings. Much like people, the horse could have an overall more confident personality or less confident personality, but through education, confidence could be gained or lost entirely or in certain situations.


Food for thought

In horse care, we discover how understanding your horse's digestive system will enable you to feed more effectively, reduce the risk of intestinal problems and allow him to perform more efficiently. Gillian Higgins from Horses Inside Out explains more.


The Perils of being Perfect

The Equestrian Edit

We all want to get it right or even 'perfect' in life, in our careers and most importantly with our horses. Explains Helen O'Hanlon . From a young age, we are socially conditioned to strive to get it right. But realistically, being perfect is an exhausting and self-destructive endeavour because there is no such thing as perfect, it is an impossible standard.

When we strive for perfection, we place undue pressure on ourselves and our horses.

In this article, Helen helps you to understand Perfectionism Vs. Healthy Striving and provides tips for getting out of the perfectionism rut!


Table to Stable

A journey from corporate life to opening the first horsemanship centre in India

Manjeev is the first (and currently only) natural horsemanship trainer certified by Monty Roberts in Asia (as featured on the front cover). From wild mustangs in California to young thoroughbreds in India about to start their racing career, Manjeev works diligently to empower the horses with the tools, ability and confidence to face the life ahead of them.


The A to Z of confidence

Natasha Fountain continues her alphabetical series: Image, Jealousy, Knowledge and Luck.

Have you been following this confident rider series so far?

In article one, we covered Anxiety, Bravery, Confidence and Denial. In Article 2, we covered Enjoyment, Frustration, Guilt and Hobby, and in this article, we will cover Image, Jealousy, Knowledge and Luck.

Confidence can be fragile and we hope that something in this series of articles will help you see the cracks before they are beyond repair.


Feet In Space

Proprioception, otherwise known as kinesthesia, is your body's ability to sense movement, action and location.

Ross Cooper explores how harnessing this ability can improve your horsemanship practice.

Proprioception is spatial awareness, the ability to know the body's position, where it is and what it is doing in relation to its surroundings. It is a way for the body to use itself economically and prevent injury. It is information relayed from the muscles, tendons and ligaments via special receptors in the body known as proprioceptors.

Why is this helpful for natural horsemanship practitioners? Ultimately, proprioception and coordination determine both you and your horses' athletic ability and sets the basis for communication effectiveness.


Recognising pain behaviour in ridden horses

Are you confident to recognise if a horse is in pain when he's being ridden?

Sue Palmer - The Horse Physio brings us the latest research in recognising pain in horses. Read the article to learn more about facial markers, body markers and gait markers.


Get Good at Building the Language of Yield, Drive and Draw

Building a language using yield, drive and draw can be one of the most beneficial things you will ever do. For many, it can be life-changing, Zoe Coade explains.

If you value using gentler methods to communicate with your horse, then you will want to read Zoe's latest article.

Yield, drive and draw are the building blocks and set the way for the ABC'S in everything you or I do, from day-to-day activities from working on the ground to riding. Imagine, whilst grooming, you can ask the horse to move over politely with one hand softly pushing the hair and skin rather than having to lean in and push with your whole body.