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Horse Book Review: SPIRIT OF THE HORSE by Carole Devereux


By Deborah Hopkins



The New Myths of Equus

By Carole Devereux

Published by Windhorse Press

U.S $20  Canada $25


One might expect a book, written by an Animal…


Posted on February 26, 2011 at 5:54pm

Collection - The Sweet Reward

7 Steps to a Better Ride


By Deborah…


Posted on May 30, 2010 at 10:18pm

Shift to the Rear

7 Steps to a Better Ride


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Posted on May 28, 2010 at 9:50am


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Posted on May 24, 2010 at 10:24am

Schwung! Translation Please

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At 5:11pm on February 26, 2011, Barnmice Admin said…

It's perfect! Please post it here and I'll add it this week to the new site. :)

Yes, I think it's a great idea to write about your learning process with Carolyn. She adds lots of blog posts here and I find her to be very interesting. :)

At 4:47pm on February 23, 2011, Barnmice Admin said…
Also, being on your page, I am reminded about your wonderful blog posts. I hope you'll continue to add them whenever you have the time!! :)
At 4:46pm on February 23, 2011, Barnmice Admin said…

Hi Deborah,

The review is great! do you have any specific examples of passages or anecdotes that you might want to add?

That's the only thing I am curious about when I read the review.

Otherwise, please do go ahead and publish it, and I'll feature it.

Just before you do publish it, please add the name of the author below the title, as well as the publisher and the cost, if it is on the book.


At 6:56pm on November 29, 2010, Barnmice Admin said…
Hi Deborah, the author went out of town almost immediately after she and I connected. I am in the process of arranging other books. Thanks so much for getting back to me - I have been really remiss about letting you know! So sorry!!
At 1:45pm on August 12, 2010, OEF said…
Hi Deborah - Thanks for joining the OEF group! Please feel free to use the group to ask questions, post comments, share ideas, etc.
At 4:48pm on July 4, 2010, Barbara Chapel said…
Hi Deborah,
Sorry have not been on in sssoooooo long.Thanks for the note. I am actually doing great with Sienna.I have Tom Shields, a Chris Irwin instructor working with Sienna and I. He is a silver level trainer. He is amazing! Are you going to Chris's clinic in Barrie on Sept.11th and 12th? I am. It will be great to meet Chris.Tom and Anne will be there, too. I am learning how to talk to Sienna and in that I am not afraid anymore. Will respect comes peace! Good to hear from you.Sorry so long in coming.
At 1:51pm on June 29, 2010, Ayesha said…
Aww I always think trick training and games is THE way to get through to any horse and release who they really are, many horses become very inverted in life as they are so used to being told what to do and think constantly and are never allowed to just 'be' Navara has come out of her shell so much since November and actively seeks new games, and fun whenever I am around. Make sure you dont reward your mares impatient leg lifting. E.g if I had a horse that reared and I wanted to teach it to rear, on command I would not reward it for rearing when it does it naturally (impatience/aggression)thats a path to disaster, a taught rear should not be aggressive, it should be passive and completely controlled (if that makes sense) just like your mares spanish walk should not be her aggressively pawing the ground. So if your mare randomly gets impatient and leg lifts, ignore it, only click and reward if she does it when you ask either by touching her leg, or tapping it, or eventually by adding a voice or visual command. Horses need definate commands, and rewards of they will start doing things willy nilly in hopes of a reward. Tricks are fun and most horses get much enjoyment out of it. Keep it fun and always try and introduce new things, as well as rewarding them with different treats etc. Would love to hear how you get on, do keep me informed. Hope that all made sense :)
At 5:39pm on June 28, 2010, Ayesha said…
Spanish walk is simple to train with a lot of patience and praise. Training should be kept short and sweet and not done too often or the horse will either a) try and do it al the time and may end up hurting you or B) wont want to do it at all.
I start simply by getting my horse to raise her leg as if you were going to pick out her hoof, keep rewarding and gradually stop grasping her leg to pick it up, tap it and if she lifts it lots of praise, gradually move the tap onto a whip signal, where you can tap her leg with the whip and she will raise her leg. As she gets more confident she will start to stretch her leg out more. The key is praise, timing and not over doing it. You can see more of Navara at
At 11:52am on May 10, 2010, Hannah said…
Thank you so much for the comment on my blog Deborah. It really did help to hear you say such nice things :)

At 10:02am on May 6, 2010, Barnmice Admin said…
Hi Deborah, I've just featured it. :)
I generally go through our daily blog posts and feature some of them. As long as they are not commercial posts, I generally like to showcase our members.
By the way, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog!

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