How Do Horses Show Affection?

How Do Horses Show Affection? [4 Ways To Know If You've Bonded]

Ever since I started to ride, I would always wonder if the horse I was riding liked me. Did they like me more or less than other riders? How did I know if we had a special connection? I had the best connection with my favourite pony, Satchmo, when I was learning how to ride. …

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Horse Bonding Exercises

5 Essential Horse Bonding Exercises [Relax First, Perform Better!]

I’ve always dreamed of having this perfect relationship with my horse. I want to show my horse I love him and I want him to love me. Of course, the reality can sometimes be much different. I find this is true if you’re focusing primarily on performance and obedience.  I remember times I would be …

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Stop Rushing In The Canter

Stop Rushing In The Canter

In order to slow down a horse’s canter both for flat work and when jumping, it’s important to know why the horse is going so fast. There are various reasons that a horse might be rushing. I break them down into what I’ve experienced to be the three most common reasons here: 3 Reasons Your Horse …

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How Do Horses Show Their Emotions?

How Do Horses Show Their Emotions? [+ Horse Emotions Chart]

Ever wonder how do horses show their emotions or what your horse is thinking? I think it’s really important when caring for your horse to know how they express themselves! This is one of my favourite horse care tips and I’ve included an emotions chart below as well that I hope will help. In this …

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How to Calm an Anxious Horse

How to Calm an Anxious Horse

Just like humans, horses can build up anxiety. Horses are built to live in a state of “rest-and-digest” where they’re parasympathetic nervous system is more activated than they’re sympathetic nervous system. If these sound like foreign words to you, don’t worry – they did to me too!  Essentially, the sympathetic nervous system gets activated to tell …

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How to Slow A Horse Down Without Pulling The Reins

How to Slow A Horse Down Without Pulling The Reins

First, I want to be sure that there’s not something else we’re missing. Horses can be hard to slow down for various reasons. This post focuses on naturally hot horses.  If you’re not sure if this is why your horse is going fast, make sure to read this post first: 3 Reasons Why Your Horse Is …

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3 Reasons Your Horse Is Rushing & How to Fix It

3 Reasons Your Horse Is Rushing & How to Fix It

I’ve ridden three different horses (Comet, Dash & Rudy) that have been extremely forwards to the point that I felt out of control and really off balance at times in the saddle. I’m sure you can relate to that feeling and it’s not the most fun.  Slowing down a rushing horse can be frustrating. The …

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How Do You Deal With A Pushy Horse?

How Do You Deal With A Pushy Horse?

My 4 year old gelding was initially always nippy and on top of me. In this post, I explain how do you deal with a pushy horse and reclaim your space. This is one in a series of many posts outlining Rudy’s training journey with me! Rudy is my first young horse. I got him as …

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How Do You Teach A Horse To Accept A Bridle?

How Do You Teach A Horse To Accept A Bridle?

Wondering why your horse won’t take the bit and keeps throwing his head? In my horse’s first week of training, I ran into this issue so I’ll walk through how do you teach a horse to accept a bridle by breaking the problem down and coming up with a training plan.  This is one in …

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Building A Young Horse Training Plan [From Day #1]

Building A Young Horse Training Plan [From Day #1]

This is the first of many posts where I’m going to outline Rudy’s training journey with me! In this post, I’m going to talk about his first two days at his new stable and how I decided what I was going to work on first with him.  At the end I’ll talk about the “young horse …

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