Freddy Steels talks to us about how he instils an understanding of pressure in his young horses during starting.
It may surprise you that I like to back my young horses in a halter but without a saddle. I am more in-tune with feeling their every move underneath me. Of course, I do add the saddle into the backing process, as it will be useful in the future for more advanced movements, and after all, most people do ride in a saddle.
What eating dirt can teach us. Crissi McDonald shares her tale of the wider lesson her horse Caleb taught her.
In the late nineties, I landed face first in a dressage show schooling arena, right before my class. After I’d wiped the grime from my helmet and clothes and ridden in a test that the judges complimented us for ‘impulsion at all gaits’, I decided I’d had enough.
Crissi McDonald explores whether taking care of your horse’s brain and nervous system is better to create the behaviours you desire.
There’s a question every horse asks before any other questions, says Dr Stephen Peters. “Am I safe?” If we can answer that question consistently and with assurance, our horse can learn and thrive in a safe environment.
Crissi McDonald helps us with ideas to consider when switching from a ‘more is more’ mindset to ‘less is more’.
I often tell the story of the moment when I knew I wanted to commit to becoming a Masterson Method® Certified Practitioner. When I heard Jim Masterson say, in the context of working with a horse to help them release tension, “If you’re not sure what to do, do less”, I knew I’d found the right equine bodywork modality for me to pursue.
Are you struggling with your riding confidence? You are not alone, nearly everyone will be affected by a stage of low confidence. Here are our tips for working through low confidence to achieve the horse riding experience you desire.
Natural horsemanship is not a new concept but one that goes WAY back, even as far as ancient Greece. It involves utilisation of the concept that horses are not simply a beast of burden or one that should be treated like a machine. Instead, horses are treated like the delicate creatures they are, intelligent, sensitive and capable of emotion. Horsemanship seeks to develop a partnership between horse and rider that leads to a deeper connection and commitment to one another.