Nadja Mueller's Blog (27)

How to (not) desensitize your horse

A few days ago during a lesson. We had a bag attached to the stick and were waving it in front of the horse's nose and to her shoulder. The owner pondered: "Sometimes I have the impression that she doesn't respect the whip anymore". 

And this is why today's post is about sensitizing and desensitizing (and the mistakes we tend to make).…


Added by Nadja Mueller on July 17, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments

How to make friends with a horse

How to make friends with a horse?

"Give him what he needs and he will give you what you want“

I think the quote is by Pat Parelli and it sums up what I think is the basis for a good relationship with our horse: the change of perspective.

In order for the relationship to thrive, we need to put our horse‘s needs…


Added by Nadja Mueller on May 29, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A Horse's Mouth

Half an inch can make a big difference: between tension and relaxation, between anger and wellbeing, between confusion and clearness. I am talking about this half inch in length of my project horse's lower lip

He is a rather calm horse and not too expressive in his communication. Meaning no big gestures, no sudden changes. So I have to look closely if I want to know where he is at. And his nose and muzzle are tell-tale…

Added by Nadja Mueller on May 1, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Does Your Equipment Help Your Horse's Education?

This is what happened to me last year: I led the frisian and one of his buddies through the village to the pasture. The frisian wasn‘t too keen on it and dragging along, the other one excited to finally get access to gras. Still, he looked right and left along the way hoping for some snacks. He was walking freshly next to me on a loose rope but within seconds he turned away from me and dragged me along some steps to an apple tree and some rotten fruits on the…

Added by Nadja Mueller on April 2, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Conversations About Poles - Why Groundwork Isn't an End in Itself

I have to confess: I don't always have a plan when I come to the arena with the horse. Sometimes it isn‘t even decided whether I ride or work from the ground. Usually, I prepare for riding from the ground  - and if something‘s wrong or I feel that the time is right to teach something new or to improve something old, I will do that and forget about riding. My plan evolves being with the horse. The same often happens with…

Added by Nadja Mueller on March 14, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Engaging the Horse's Head

What do we do if our horse breaks gait? Most of us will probably be annoyed, whack the horse and tell him to speed up again. Still, there is something in the mere act of breaking gait that‘s worthwile to think about.
Maybe you know the quote „Let your idea become the horse‘s idea“, which is pretty well known in horsemanship circles. We not only want our horse to follow the feel and understand the aids. We want him to understand what our focus…

Added by Nadja Mueller on February 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

To talk or not to talk - do voice cues make sense?

Buck Brannaman Clinics are fun. Especially, when he states his opinion in a very direct and pointed way - like in Cologne over a year ago. A participant of the clinic had asked what he thinks of voice cues. Not a lot. He doesn‘t use them because he doesn‘t want other people to be able to communicate with his horse. And because they annoy the horse. 

What he basically said was: Go to a show ring, ride around saying "cluck, cluck, cluck" and…

Added by Nadja Mueller on February 10, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

Newsletter - want to join?

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I am writing the current issue of my newsletter. If you are interested you can sign up here.

It's free, no spam, and it comes twice a months (including a short article and some tips about what to read and what to watch).


Added by Nadja Mueller on January 30, 2015 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Horse pictures - and what can go wrong (at least in my opinion)

At liberty with the two black ones. I am aware of the verdigris, by the way.…


Added by Nadja Mueller on January 30, 2015 at 7:06am — No Comments

Why Reward (for Horses) is Overrated

I reward too often. I reward when I shouldn't. I reward behavior that doesn't deserve it (anymore). How, some may ask. You cannot reward often enough! Reward fuels motivation, without reward no learning!

Wrong (at least in my opinion).

To understand the most important lessons, horses need no reward.

I don't know about the…


Added by Nadja Mueller on January 20, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Rope Halters - Use and Fit

The new year is here and I start it with some practical advice. I asked my newsletter subscribers if they had any wishes and they asked for more horse training tips and advice. So here we go - the first article will be about rope halters
Working almost every day with a rope halter, I've almost forgotten how I used to struggle to get the knot right and all the questions I had about it. So my goal today is to answer all rope halter…

Added by Nadja Mueller on January 12, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Old Horses

2015, we'll have known each other for ten years. My project horse will be 21 and me 31. But let's not count numbers. Let us focus on quality: My project horse doesn't get older, he gets better.

I don't need fiery temperament in a horse. But I appreciate calmness and understanding. When you've been together for some years, communication becomes more and more…


Added by Nadja Mueller on December 27, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

10 Life Lessons I Learned From Horses - The Last 5

Here's the second part meaning another 5 of the ten life lessons I've learned from horses so far.

  1. You are allowed to make mistakes. Have you ever felt reproach in a horse‘s glance? I haven‘t. Not because my project horse isn‘t fed up with me from time to time. I make mistakes, am unfair (though not on purpose), am not in control of my…

Added by Nadja Mueller on December 20, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

10 Life Lessons I Learned From Horses - The First 5

"It's amazing what you can learn after you've learned all that you think there is to learn“ (Ray Hunt)

"The levels of competence: Unconsciously incompetent, consciously incompetent, consciously competent, unconsciously competent" (Pat Parelli)
Striving for competence with horses we…

Added by Nadja Mueller on December 14, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Join up, hooking on - what's it good for?

If you want to know more about Join up techniques you might want to visit Beth's blog "horsey experiences" and read my guest post. I compare the hooking on methods used by Monty Roberts, Warwick Schiller and Pat…


Added by Nadja Mueller on November 12, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Rope Handling Wisdom

How to handle a rope correctly? There a different approaches. As I've announced some weeks ago, here comes a post about ropes. I'll discuss the techniques recommended by Pat Parelli and Buck Brannaman and I'll cover the quality of a good rope

There are horseman like Pat Parelli who wants you to just let go of the rope when playing…

Added by Nadja Mueller on October 11, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Balance and How to Achieve It - Part III

We covered the physical part of balance, now let's continue with the mental challenges.

I become mentally unstable when frustration takes over. I start with doubting my capabilities as a horsewoman and rider. I doubt I will not make it to the next step, will never be a self-confident enough rider, am generally…

Added by Nadja Mueller on September 3, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Balance - And How to Achieve It - Part I

Balance is one of the main ingredients for a successful partnership with a horse - be it on the ground or riding. When looking at the horse from a horsemanship perspective, we check his physical, mental and emotional balance. With us humans, it's the same. We can loose our balance because our…

Added by Nadja Mueller on August 25, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Oh no! There's slack in the rope - an irony post

I did a post on 3 behaviors you can change that will sky-rocket the quality of your horse's life (I know that sounds a bit too bombastic). 

One of them is to give him some slack in the rope. I illustrated the "dramatic…


Added by Nadja Mueller on August 13, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Goofing around

I had the two horses I currently take care of in the arena today. I rode the smaller one bareback, and the other one run free. It was such a nice experience. The horses, both geldings, know each other from the pasture, they are in one herd, and the one I was on is the alpha (which is decent when riding as the other horse can be easily directed). 

I had no idea what would happen and was just experimenting. When I turn them loose, they often go separate ways in…


Added by Nadja Mueller on August 8, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

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