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Paddock Setup: Are we doing our horses a disservice?

Paddock Setup: Are we doing our horses a disservice?

Field setup and why it is crucial to keep our horses happy and healthy.  Are you creating a space that makes your horse more herd-bound, lazy, or overweight? These issues can all impact the herd behaviour and each horse's physical fitness. These issues can be...

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Buy The Horse, Not The X-rays

Buy The Horse, Not The X-rays

Are you buying the horse, or are you buying the x-rays? And are you potentially passing up the horse of your dreams?  Noelle Floyd published a story about a horse named Asih, who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Burghley to Badminton and many more....

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King: Thoroughbred Makeover Update

King: Thoroughbred Makeover Update

The Thoroughbred makeover is approaching, and I've been working with my off-the-track thoroughbred King, who is my entry for the 2022 Thoroughbred Makeover Challenge. There's been a lot of learning and progression while he and I have been in Florida. King was a...

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Starting Horses: Two ways to accelerate your training

Starting Horses: Two ways to accelerate your training

Starting horses is always a big topic; there are hundreds of different ways to start horses, but in my experience, there are two ways that set a horse up for success when it's time to put your first ride on and progress through your training. These two things are...

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Do you think horses can have neurological issues?

Do you think horses can have neurological issues?

Is it possible for horses to suffer from mental illness or autism? My background in human mental health has made this topic quite intriguing for me. A lot of what I do with horses through the Harmony Horsemanship training program brings what I know of positive mental...

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Healthy Boundaries

Healthy Boundaries

  The number one component of a great partnership with your horse is having healthy boundaries. This is especially true when training young horses. We set boundaries to find our place in the hierarchy and keep ourselves and our horse safe. This doesn't mean that you...

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Dummy Foal

Dummy Foal

It's foaling season!  The foals are dropping, and not all get a great start in life. One foal, in particular, was a little filly that had to be rushed to emergency care to be hooked up to an IV to be given different nutrients.  Some issues can arise with a...

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Are You Ready for a Young Horse?

Are You Ready for a Young Horse?

Is buying a young horse right for you?  What goes into having a young horse?  Why would you want a young horse?  What qualities should you be looking for, and what qualities are good to have in yourself before you even consider jumping on that boat and purchasing a...

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Are you Fast-Thinking or Slow-Thinking?

Are you Fast-Thinking or Slow-Thinking?

Are you fast-thinking enough for breeds like a thoroughbred or an Arabian? These breeds tend to get a bad reputation for being flighty, hot-headed, more anxious, quick-footed, and more challenging to train. Some trainers/horse people resort to a more substantial bit...

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Do You Have What It Takes?

Do You Have What It Takes?

A shocking Facebook headline: Three ways natural horsemanship can ruin the partnership with your horse.  #1. Round penning your horse #2. Making your horse look at you #3. Shaking the rope to make your horse back up After reading this post, I can conclude that...

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