Category Archives: Horsemanship

Using the Right Amount of Energy for Every Horse

Today we look at a question from a reader: Hi! I just want to say how incredible it has been reading this book. I have had only trail riding experiences with horses and didn’t understand much about horses until I … Continue reading

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New Riding Environment? Help With Your Horse’s Anxiety

I recently had an interesting question from a reader that related to some of the principles I talk about in Zen Mind, Zen Horse. I thought it would be helpful for everyone to review this real life example: Dear Dr. … Continue reading

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Pre-Trail ride Flight Check

Think you can head out on horseback without a pre-flight check? Think again! Pre-flight checks were born out of necessity…. In 1935, the Boeing Corporation was testing its latest bomber in front of a group of Washington, DC decision makers … Continue reading

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Patience: Give Yourself a Year

The key to training horses is patience. Not because horses are so slow but because human beings are so fast. As humans, we are so inherently predatory by nature that we want the horse to learn, to respond now–or even … Continue reading

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Three Pillars of Equine-Facilitated Activities

The world of horsemanship finds itself at a dangerous and exhilarating juncture with respect to equine-facilitated learning and therapy. The last century has led us through the revolution of natural horsemanship and brought equine-facilitated activities to the awareness of the … Continue reading

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Horses: Soft as Water, Hard as Stone

Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.) suggested we look for inspiration in the streams around us. “Water, he wrote, “is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, … Continue reading

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