Driving home through northern Colorado yesterday, I passed the Berthoud off-ramp. Otherwise known as the Grandfather Horse off-ramp. I’ve only taken it twice; once when I went to look and once when I went to buy. I think there should be a birthplace monument there, one that would dwarf the Statue of Liberty. Beware. An … Read more
“How do I stop my horse from doing this?” An oversimplified version of the most common question a horse trainer is asked. The question comes with a backstory, a theory, and a recitation of everything they have tried. The first resistance is small, we might think it’s a cute affectation even, but if we don’t … Read more
In one online class this week, a woman in Maine said it was 90 degrees that day and her black mare wasn’t coming out of the shelter. New York was no better. Two women in the class said the heat in Texas was just as high. Last month the mud ate their homework. Before … Read more
My friend was tracing her Arabian’s family tree. She’d driven north of Denver to see her horse’s sire and ran into a pathetic spotted colt that somehow reminded her of me. I was a self-employed artist barely making my bills, my relationship was failing, and I had a list of personal quirks that were entirely … Read more
We did it all right. We took our time and prepared ahead. I was actually aware that over 60% of foals develop ulcers when they are weaned.
One of the best lessons I know about training horses I learned from a puppy back when I was nineteen.
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? If he moves slowly, is he lazy?
What do you believe? Is there any reason a horse shouldn’t have as good a recall as a dog?
“That horse has been beat!” is her opinion. Sometimes you can look at a horse and just tell.