All Blog Posts Tagged 'Horsemanship' (32)

Canada Takes 2013 World Championship Title in Horse Agility!

Beth Smith from Indian River, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Desi, a 7 year old gray Arabian gelding, were recently crowned the 2013 Horse Agility World Champions by the International Horse Agility Club.  With 20 countries spanning 5 continents and nearly 1000 members competing in the OLHA Horse…

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Added by Julia on February 9, 2014 at 12:19am — No Comments

Give Peace a Chance- Start in the Barn.

This is the time of year holiday greetings include Peace on Earth. We need it- there is so much conflict in the world…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 30, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Let’s Dance.

 

The connection between horses and music is not abstract. It’s literal.

I was learned this fact years ago riding with a group of friends at a barn party. The sound system was cranked up and Bobby McFerrins’Don’t Worry was playing. I am sure…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 14, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Love Poem

I fell in love with horses all over again this week. Yes, it was a pretty short fall and yes, it does happen every week. And no, it never gets old. Does my enthusiasm make me seem less professional?

It has been also been one of those weeks when most of my clients are having challenges with their horses. Some of the challenges are old ones and some are brand new but regardless of origin or cause- a challenge is an opportunity by another name.…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 7, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

Under Saddle: Control and Freedom.



The equestrian world can seem kind of bi-polar. Some of us ride like headless (brainless) horsemen with little consciousness for our horse or surroundings.  Some of us are such control freaks that we slow every walk stride and micro-manage our horse’s nose into being afraid to take a breath. Most of us are working towards a middle ground.

Dressage seems to attract riders who like…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 16, 2011 at 8:12am — No Comments

Everyday Dressage.

Dressage is an equine discipline of beauty, partnership and art. YouTube is full of spectacular videos of elite horses and riders. When Blue Hors Matinee’s freestyle was viral, a dozen non-horse friends sent me the link. I hear Moorlands Totilas has groupies like the rock star that he is, but my personal…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 19, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments

You Might as Well Enjoy the Ride.

We had an Introduction to Driving clinic at Infinity Farm last weekend. It was a fun group ready for a new experience. Our schoolmaster/donkey-boys taught the clinic, along with me and Lisa.

Participants asked my favorite question about driving. “What do you do if you have a runaway?” The traditional answer, passed down from generations of teamsters, is enjoy the ride.

I had a decent runaway when Ernest and I were still green. There was an explosion of sound behind us,…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 5, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Mid-Summer news from horse Play 2011

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Running Horse





A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play…

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Added by Horse Play on August 3, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

What a Parrot Taught Me About Horses.

There were a few dark years (between leaving home and having enough income to support a horse) that I was earthbound with only house pets. I survived it. Barely.

During that horse-less time, a box arrived. It was a surprise parrot -from a friend in Panama. I’m not saying it was a great idea to catch a bird and ship her, I’m just saying that she…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 29, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

Get Serious about Laughing.

There is so much debate currently about methods of training: German vs. French, classical vs. competitive, natural horsemanship vs. anything with an English saddle. It can get adversarial.

Most people agree that finesse is better than force in horse training, but we seem to have a hard time agreeing upon a definition of what those words actually look like in technique. That starts the debate…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 1, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

Early Summer News from Horse Play

The Running Horse 



A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play 

Special Issue – Early Summer 2011 

Horse Play 

EIN: 05-0506340 

Website: www.hptrc.org 

Email: horseplayri@msn.com 

 

Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare 

 

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Added by Horse Play on June 30, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Same Old Dressage, Brand New Eyes.

Seeing Dressage with a New Eye.

I have been preparing for a clinic this weekend at Infinity Farm. It’s the my favorite clinic every year: Fundamentals of Dressage. One of my clients asked if it was going to be the same as last year. (Eye roll -is this a trick question?)

Nope, the fundamentals of dressage have not changed in the last year, or the last century for that matter. Dressage is the art of riding with balance…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 24, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments

Million Dollar Question

     My last post asked, “What Do You Want?”  Perhaps coincidentally, in her blog today fellow Barnmice.com member Jackie Cochran posted “Well Horse, What Do YOU Want?” Now, isn’t that the million dollar question!  Safety, comfort and play, says Pat Parelli.  Yes, and we should always first rule out physical discomfort when faced with undesired behaviors.  But figuring out exactly how much play, challenge, fun, and rest your particular horse prefers isn’t always easy.
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Added by Jamie B on June 19, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!

Namaste is a Sanskrit word -which means it’s very old.  Most translate it to some version of “The spirit in me…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 17, 2011 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

Dressage: A Relaxed and Forward Ride.

The foundation of Dressage for the rider/horse is rhythm. I define that as a balanced combination of relaxation and forward. It sounds deceptively simple.

A rider/horse can not sacrifice forward for relaxation, or relaxation for forward. The art of riding is in negotiating the balance of the two in both the rider and the horse. Forward must be consistent; sometimes…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 10, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments

What do you want?

Wednesday I saw a tornado.  Up close, while trapped in my car on an elevated stretch of highway in Springfield, Mass. Scary!  Funny what a random lethal event does to your head.  It’s clarifying

My sister, a fellow agnostic, asked me if I prayed.  The question took me off guard, and its answer surprised me a bit: I didn’t.  I’d wondered if this was “it”, and then thought, why not?  I don’t live in the area, just happened to be there at that moment as I traveled to Vermont for…

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Added by Jamie B on June 5, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Who Am I This Time?

Who Am I This Time is the name of a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and made into a film with Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon.  It’s a quirky story about two people of very different and uncomfortable personalities -who fall in love while acting in a community theater production of Streetcar. (Hear Walken’s painfully shy, tongue-tied character…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 27, 2011 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

Pressure

"Respect is appropriate response to pressure."  I heard Pat Parelli say this once, and the ring of its truth is undeniable.  Whether working on the ground or in the saddle, a horse's appropriate response to pressure is essential to any activity.  Brody definitely needs (re)education on this!

 

Maybe lack of cooperation is his passive-aggressive platform for establishing dominance, or maybe I haven't been consistent enough in establishing my expectations and requiring him to…

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Added by Jamie B on May 22, 2011 at 8:56pm — 3 Comments

A Different Kind of Runaway.

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Added by Anna Blake on May 20, 2011 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

My Space

I really want to focus on strengthening my leadership, so that eventually I can safely ride Brody and take him out on the road.  Here's how I worked to establish my physical space with Brody this week.

 

First, Brody did not want to be haltered, especially once he caught sight of the rope and stick.  So I swung the halter towards his hindquarters and got him moving off whenever he started stepping away from me.  When Brody wheeled to face me, I turned my back to him and stand…

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Added by Jamie B on May 15, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

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