The goal in Horse Agility is sweet partnership, in a relaxed/forward sort of way, with the horse doing the work and the handler quietly asking. Sounds like dressage to me: Ground Dressage.
Everyone wants a better relationship, but a few things stand in the way. After what he has done, can you trust him? Is her nagging and complaining making you wish you were deaf? Do you wish he would relax and just try to get along? Does she say one thing and mean another?
I can’t remember who came first in my life- dogs or horses. I do know a few of each are required for my mental health. There is a slow and gradual changing of the guard, as years go on. Three dogs and 13 years ago, my cattle dog, Hero and I were pretty depressed after … Read more
Think of it as a trip to the amusement park- with your horse. I didn’t start out doing Natural Horsemanship. I started out before that phrase was invented. Like a lot of us, I used voice commands while lunging and required good ground manners. I did the rest from my saddle; riding was my thing. … Read more
Meet Archie. He got introduced by that name, but I prefer being a bit more formal with him, as a sign of respect. Archibald feels more suitable. Here he is passing time with a couple of boys in my herd, but I distracted him with a compliment and he’s on his way over for a … Read more
“My horse is really sensitive. He isn’t a just a Quarter Horse, you know. He needs special handling.” When I hear something like this, I always peer around the barn to see if anyone else looks like their head is about to explode. Is she saying that any idiot can ride an ordinary horse, but … Read more
Llamas are brave and curious. Mine hike with packs, do llama agility, and Sebastian was a ring bearer in a wedding. (At the reception he confused the Mother-of-the-Bride’s corsage for an hors d’oeuvre. It was an easy mistake to make.)
Let him do it himself. Learn to follow.
Only go as far as the beginning of anxiety and pause…
Clinics & Consultations Clinics & Workshops I’m available for traditional clinics and Concept Clinics (such as Calming Signals, Dressage Rhymes with Massage, and Rhythm and Dance, as well as Contact, Bend, and Writing Workshops), in the U.S. and internationally. I’m happy to design the day to suit your group’s requests, whether individual lessons, group riding, or a combination. I require dressage-legal bits and … Read more