Anna Blake's Blog – April 2014 Archive (4)

It's a Riding Lesson- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

It starts innocently enough, just like every other thing that happens around horses. A rider might have a problem with their horse, or maybe a goal. It sounds…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 25, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Calming Signals: Are You Listening?

If you are standing next to your horse and he looks away, do you think he’s distracted or even disrespectful? When your horse yawns, is he sleepy or bored? If he moves slowly, is he lazy? These are important cues from your horse, are you hearing him correctly?

When it comes to communicating with horses, some humans are a bit like a…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 18, 2014 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

Training Confidence and Trust.

There’s a way that a mare can pin her ears back so hard that they make almond-shaped divots on her neck hairs. You don’t have to know much about horses to pick up on that cue. It’s big and dark and she looks like a serpent. By the time this is happening, there is even an argument she will have a hard time hearing you, literally, what with her ear drums…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 11, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Dressage on a Rescue: Doing More with Less

Photo:Andante, ex-PMU, casts a giant shadow.

I have a confession. I shop-lifted when I was in high school. No, I don’t seem like the type. It was the only time I ever stole anything and what they say is right:…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 4, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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