I think this is a fascinating view of Monty Robert's methods of "join-up" and of the use of the round pen. Something worth considering. I've also provided a link to his response.
Researchers urge rethink of 'Monty Roberts' horse training method July 13, 2012 Enlarge Researchers used a remote control car to mimic the actions of a trainer using the Join-Up method, undermining the idea of a human-horse connection. (Phys.org) -- Aspects of a horse training…Continue
Every few weeks, I receive an email from Barnmice member and veterinary equine dentist, Geoff Tucker with stories of his practice and travels. He has kindly allowed me to share this very touching story, as well as others as they come around. Enjoy.
I love this post by SmartPak. How true it is that everything is about attitude! I would like to add acouple of "DOs"
1. Be grateful to your body, your mind and your horse that you are able to do what you love - and take good care of them all.
2. Remember that every time you mount a horse, you have a fresh start. A chance to do your best and do things a little bit better than the last ride.
3. If your last ride wasn't so great, forgive yourself - and your…Continue
Added by Barbara F. on June 8, 2012 at 8:39am — No Comments
International Helmet Awareness Day is coming up and I have been thinking about my own experiences with (and without) a helmet.
I've been riding for well over 40 years and I can't remember how many times I've fallen off a horse. Most of the time, I was wearing a helmet, but I remember falling twice without one and thinking that it was just dumb luck that I wasn't killed.
I'm cautious by nature and started wearing a helmet long years ago, when they were very…Continue
This article by SmartPak got me thinking about ways to safeguard my horse's gut, especially this statistic: "An astonishing 60% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers."
What types of steps does everyone take to guard against ulcers, colic and general stomach upset?
In their natural state, horses are constantly grazing and their digestive system is continuously processing forage, breaking it down into nutrients that are then…Continue
The folks at SmartPak have put together a really great list for all horse people to read. Does anyone have anything else they would like to add?
The Top 10 Things Your Vet Wants You to Know
For weeks now, I've been reading comments and pronouncements all over the Internet written by anonymous know-it-alls from both sides about the upcoming Cesar Parra case. Everyone's an expert when it comes to judging someone else.
Now I see a video has surfaced of abusive riding at a reining event. Lots more comments and condemnations are sure to come, understandably.
I woke up this morning to the news that Altantic City will feature a new act this summer featuring horses high-diving off the steel pier.
These eight principles of training are from the International Society for Equitation Science.
How many of these do you follow?
1. Understand and use learning theory appropriately
Learning theory explains positive and negative reinforcement and how they work in establishing habitual responses to light, clear signals. (Note that “positive” and “negative” when applied to…
Here's a great joke to head into the weekend with!
How to be Gracious
> Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her
> excitement - not even her parent's nasty divorce.
> Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear, and would be the
> best-dressed mother-of-the-bride ever! A week later, Jennifer was horrified
> to learn that her father's new, young wife…
Unfortunately this woman's hysteria draws attention away from the real issue, which is the idiocy, greed and inhumanity of carriage horses in the middle of Manhattan streets.
The fortunate part is that her hysteria has brought the videos a lot of views that they would otherwise not have received.
Update: Sorry everyone, the woman removed the videos!
Added by Barbara F. on August 8, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I have just watch the documentary on Buck Brannaman and will be writing a full review shortly. In the meantime, I came across an article that included these these five tips that are well worth considering for every rider.
1. Don’t intimidate. You may temporarily intimidate a horse into good performance, but intimidation ultimately leads to fear, which is paralyzing.
2. Loosen the reins.
By: Nicole Salo
- A list of weeds and plants that are commonly found throughout Canada and the United States that are poisonous to horses and ponies. For further info and/or a list of poisonous weeds and plants that can be harmful to livestock in your area, please contact your local Ministry of Agriculture department, they can help you with any concerns and even safe ways to dispose of toxic weeds and…Continue
Herald Scotland reported today that:
THE Scottish Grand National was marred yesterday by the deaths of two horses after the race, sparking calls for changes to gruelling steeplechase races and the introduction of better animal welfare.
At Ayr yesterday, Regal Heights and…Continue
Here's the latest update from behind the scenes with the Canadian dressage team at WEG!
Well it's here!
The first leg of dressage starts bright and early Monday morning (8:30am to be exact). Monday and Tuesday mark the team dressage competion, where 2 rider's from each team will go on Monday (one in the morning and one in the afternoon group), while the next two ride on Tuesday in the…
Added by Barbara F. on September 26, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments
My coach Belinda Trussell just headed off to the WEG training camp with her horse Anton and two helpers. Bonnie Bonello has had her lovely horse Pikardi at our barn and they went with our gang as well.
Photos and reports have just come in...
I'm very happy to report…
Janet Brown-Foy was teaching a clinic this weekend at the barn where I ride. She had one horse after the next, and during a quick break she was kind enough to remain in a very cold arena and answer a few questions that I thought might be of help to anyone riding and competing in dressage.…
War Horse play gets Broadway run
Added by Barbara F. on February 20, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments