Confident Horsemanship: The Six Faces of Tension

In relationship with your horse, confidence shines through as relaxation, softness, and ease. The opposite of confidence always stems from some form of tension. That tension goes by numerous names and surfaces as a wide array of challenges. If you want to develop confidence with your horse, you need to first understand the six faces Read More …

Approach Communication with Your Horse as You Would any Conversation

Do you ever feel frustrated that your horse isn’t listening or that your communication and connection seems to be amiss? One of the blocks to effective communication with your horse comes down to a misperception of what it means to be in conversation with your horse. Traditional training is less of a conversation and more Read More …

Improve Behavioral Issues with Your Horse through Your State of Mind

Horses respond to your emotional and energetic way of being. They are capable of seeing patterns within you that you may not even be aware of in yourself. They can sense what is happening within you through your movement, breathing patterns, and posture. Your thoughts and feelings flow through you, creating physiological changes, that your Read More …

Healing the Healer: Prepare Your Horses to Facilitate Growth and Learning

Within the “Horse as Healer” profession there is an assumption that all horses are ready, capable, and willing to be a healer. There is a belief that you can turn any horse or herd loose and they will interact with clients in a meaningful manner. The overarching idea is that there is no special training Read More …

How to Overcome a Disagreement with Your Horse in 4 Steps

Let’s face it – sometimes your communication with your horse goes haywire. You want one thing to happen and your horse is just not having it. This is the moment when you can begin waging war against your equine partner. You begin the push-pull effort to force your horse to do what you want – Read More …

More than Body Language: Horses Speak the Language of Life

Would you like to communicate with your horse on a deeper level? If so, then it’s time to tune into the language of life to connect to your horse through clear interspecies communication. Humans strongly prefer verbal and written language. We get so caught up on sharing concepts to explain our worldly experience that we Read More …

The Six Cs of Nonviolent Horsemanship

The Buddha was once asked by a disciple, “Would it be true to say that a part of our training is for the development of love and compassion?” The Buddha replied, “No, it would not be true to say this. It would be true to say that the whole of our training is for the Read More …

How to Enhance Your Horse Experience

Being in the presence of a horse is one of the most therapeutic places to be. Our horses help us to stretch and grow on so many fronts in our lives. They teach our children about important values like responsibility, compassion, courage, and integrity. They sooth our aching hearts when life has us down. As Read More …

Is Riding Horses Humane?

The ethics of horseback riding is a topic that I have been considering for quite some time. While I cannot even begin to pretend to have the answer, I think it is an important discussion for us to have. I think that both proponents of riding and those against it would benefit from releasing harsh Read More …