Cultivating a Connection with Horses

…encounter (which I often refer to as the “golden moments”), the impressions you give the horse about your confidence level and leadership, your tolerance or intolerance of certain behaviors, your strength, consistency and fairness, will make a huge impact on the horse. The horse learns rapidly (way faster than humans,…

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Beyond Clinics: You Get Out What You Put In

…didn’t want to go clockwise, we just kept backing- twice around the ring!!! Finally, he got it! The first 10 minutes of Golden Moments Slow, easy figure 8s to relax him in the ring. Keeping him between my legs–in the tunnel

I made a list of what I wanted to…

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My Horse Is Herd-Bound And Barn Sour

…of different horses each year; between clinics and expos, I sometimes ride or work with as many as 10-15 different horses a week on a one-time basis. In five minutes or less, what I call “the golden moments,” I can convince the horse that I’m in charge by simply controlling…

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Horse Behavior: Do Horses Prefer Male Over Female Riders?

…when a person approaches him showing a lack of confidence and uncertainty (as many women do). I talk a lot in my clinics about the first 10 minutes of your ride being the ‘golden moments’ where you show your horse your ability as a leader. And during that time, the…