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 …

Thank Goodness, Your Horse is a Clever Communicator

Your horse is a master of communication. While he cannot speak multiple languages, or any spoken language for that matter, he can communicate like a horse in a genius way. You may be thinking, well, he’s a horse so I should hope so! But, look at us silly humans. We have a different way of Read More …

Rethinking Round Penning

The concepts that are used in the round pen were originally developed by observing herd dynamics. The forerunners of natural horsemanship watched how horses interacted with one another and tried to emulate the leader in the herd. They saw that the horse in charge stays in charge by moving the feet of her fellow herd Read More …

A Feminine Approach to Working with Horses

Last week, I wrote about the predator-prey relationship that we have with our horses – or, more to the point, don’t have to have. Instead of looking at our working relationship with horses through the lens of predator and prey, let’s look at it through the lens of masculine and feminine. Our horses do not Read More …

How Relevant is the Prey-Predator Dynamic with Your Horse?

An oft talked about idea in horsemanship is the interplay between predator and prey. Humans are predators trying to train a prey animal to work for us. This dynamic can cause all kinds of reactions in your horse that may lead to unsafe prey-based behaviors. That unsafe behavior can then cause a reaction in the Read More …

Empowered Partnership with the Horse

The dream that most of us have is to build a beautiful partnership with our horses where we can work together as one. We can dance with ease. We can walk side-by-side in harmony. We can interact with joy, playfulness, and respect. That love and connection we hunger for with our horses reflects the love Read More …