Brandon McAuslan takes us through his views on the rope halter, and its use as a tool in our horsemanship.
In the last couple of decades, the modern rope halter has been popularised by and associated with the natural horsemanship movement. However, the knowledge of how to make rope has been with mankind since prehistoric times, and rope has been used in one form or another for the handling and haltering of livestock and horses for thousands of years.
Take a moment to consider self-awareness and the effects on your horse with this thought-provoking article by Joel Conner
One gift the horse has illuminated for me in this world is their ability to be present; they aren't thinking about their mistakes from yesterday or contemplating the vast number of situations that could befall them in the future. They are beautifully consumed with the right now.
Ross Cooper tackles the subject of foal handling, should we handle them early or leave them be?
I have always enjoyed working with foals; it is so very rewarding to be part of their early stages of training. They are a complete canvas, with an innocent yet mischievous quality that can never fail to make you smile. Though being as blank a canvas as a young foal is, it does put a level of responsibility on us as handlers or trainers to do them justice and to do the best by them, for them. Here, I hope I help you to do just that!
Have you ever started a new training method with your horse and found that the initial spark of communication has petered out? In October's magazine, Phillippa Christie helps us find our way through these sticking points. In this follow on article Phillippa provides some helpful case studies.
I start by making a full assessment of the horse by checking how their conformation is put together, how their back shape is, how they are standing, hoof balance, how they move their shoulders, their depth of girth where girth sits, and how they are trained. Their musculature can give you an indication of how they are going to move, and what influence that will have over the saddle and then if there is work going on to improve that, you have to take into consideration what the client is going to do.
Horsemanship Hour Live (Replay and Podcast recording) with Anna Twinney
In May's Horsemanship Hour Live we chatted with the founder of Reach Out to Horses and animal communicator and Anna Twinney.
Anna talked about her inspiring horsemanship journey and how horses and moving to California changed the course of her life, as she began to see a new way of being, and observing the language of the horse. Anna speaks about her personal drive to give horses that voice; she explains that their language goes far deeper than body language alone.