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Your New Mantra: Pause, Pet, Breathe, and Praise

I recently got this heartfelt email from a couple that found themselves with a very troubled mare suffering with post-traumatic stress syndrome: Dear Allan: …. Last April we purchased a six-year-old mare…We had her evaluated by a respected professional horse … Continue reading

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A Great White Horse

A great, white horse has passed from this life. Romeo, my beloved Lipizzan stallion, who had been the star of a hundred different demonstration clinics over the years, died last night of colic. I had him since he was a … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Predators Nowadays?

  It’s easy—too easy, in fact—to look around ourselves these days and ask: “What’s gone wrong with the world? Is everyone on the planet crazy?” In just recent days, we witnessed the shootings in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado … Continue reading

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The Pathos of the Olympics: Could We Become a Global Herd?

I write a lot about how much we can learn from horses, from their pervasive capacity for forgiveness, their value of honest partnership, and their respect for empathy. So how do horses relate to the Olympics? I mean besides the … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Backing Up

God may have spread the gifts equally among His creatures but He put an extra dose of “let’s get those feet moving and git goin’!” into every horse. This means horses are gifted for going forward. Everything in them yearns … Continue reading

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Trailer Tips

When it comes to getting our horses into trailers, we instinctively do everything wrong. So, to succeed, we have to learn to do things better, smarter, and to overcome our innate predatory drive to make the horse get into the … Continue reading

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Bits Blown to Bits: Baffling Snaffles, Disturbing Curbs, Rank Shanks, Renegade Spades, Dumb Thumbs, Awful Bosals, the Felon Pelham, and Whacko Hackamore.

There are so many bits on the market because each one represents an attempt by one horseman, one engineer, or one school of equitation to solve the age-old question: is there a better way I can get inside my horse’s … Continue reading

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