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HC Mar April 2014 Using consistent leadership to overcome pushy behaviour
If a horse exhibits poor manners on the ground, it’s only a matter of time before the rider will have difficulties under saddle.
  HC May/June 2013 Creating calmness and rhythm
The more you handle your horse, calm and reassure him, correct and reward him, the more he will learn to feel safe doing what you ask.
HC Nov/Dec 2013 Moving forward from a solid foundation
Establishing trust, obedience and respect; creating calmness and rhythm; developing suppleness, straightness and balance: the foundations to going forward successfully with your horse.
Horsewyse Autumn 2014 Softly
What we are trying to achieve is a circle of
'feel – timing – balance – correct response' that is as light and soft as possible. We want to do as little as we can to get as much as we can!
HC Sept/Oct 2013 Developing suppleness, straightness and balance
Trust, obedience and
respect; calmness and rhythm; and contact and impulsion – are essential to developing straightness and balance. A horse can’t be well-balanced if he lacks straightness.
Horsewyse 2013 Understanding Understanding equals control
More and more people are becoming interested in going bitless. At the same
time they are able to see it is much kinder for the horse, they often question
whether it’s possible to control a bitless horse.
Horsewyse 2013 Spring Bring out your best!
Spending quality time with your horse requires you work with your horse in a way that brings out the best in you both and that helps you realize your full potential as well as that of your horse.
Horsewyse 2013 Winter Balanced impulsion
Impulsion is really forward movement. But more than that, it is forward movement that is not nervous. By that, I mean it is calm and rhythmic movement without rushing.
Horsewyse 2013 Winter A tale of two horses
Underlying all the essential fundamentals needed to develop straightness and balance, the horse must also be supple emotionally, mentally and physically and that requires the horse’s full confidence and focus.
Horsewyse 2013 Summer Lead...or be led... Why good manners matter
If you’re after a really good relationship with your horse, it’s never too early to make a good first impression and start working with him or her.
Horsewyse 2013 Autumn Hackamore basics
The hackamore, is a very traditional horsemanship 'tool' and can be gentle or harsh, depending on the hands of the person using it.
Horse Canada Establishing contact and impulsion
When the horse understands contact, we can regulate his impulsion, help him re-balance, steer him and, later, help him understand lateral work and collection.
Trust It Starts with Trust, Obedience and Respect
What horses look for is whether you are a Confident, Consistent and Kind Leader to whom they can give their Trust, Obedience and Respect.
Scenic Rim October 2011 Foundations for self-carriage
Proper training to develop the horse – and the horse’s understanding of what is being asked – are the keys to self-carriage and collection.
First impressions First impressions
When it comes to working with young horses, you only get one chance to make a good impression! Make it count!
Scenic Rim April 2012 The only bit a horse needs is a bit of understanding
When I first said this, I had no idea the impact it would have. But as people discover the benefits of working bitless, they remark how well it captures the experience.
A sense of balance A sense of balance
I thought we should look at what is at the heart of self-carriage. And that is balance – both your horse’s balance, as well as your own. That balance begins, not with the centre of gravity (as you may have thought), but with the poll, neck and shoulders.
Scenic Rim June 2012 The only bit a horse needs is a bit of understanding - A bit more on going bitless
Can any horse go bitless? How long dies it take to transition a horse to being bitless?
Hoofbeats Transition to a bitless bridle
The lack of a bit can reveal 'holes' in the training of horse and/or rider, but the skills and principles required for using any bridle – bitted or bitless – remain the same.
Scenic Rim August 2012 Considering the Hackamore
Learn about the hackamore from a traditional point of view.
Horsewyse spring 2011 Trail riding basics... part two
Trail riding is fun – but it’s about being aware and prepared to help your horse to handle new situations; like managing the excitement that comes with ‘riding out’ and helping your horse to become more comfortable socialising with other horses. You can’t afford to be simply a passenger…it’s time for you to become a trainer!
Scenic Rim August 2011 Natural horsemanship
Whether or not you will be successful with your horse doesn't depend on how many books or videos you've watched. What horses watch for is whether you are a Confident, Consistent and Kind Leader to whom they can give their Trust, Obedience and Respect.
Horsewyse summer 2011 Self-carriage – the basics
Wherever I go, I see some very unrealistic expectations being put on horses. Many of these expectations are based on achieving a 'look' or demonstrating an exercise (such as flying lead changes), yet show a lack of understanding about the nature of the horse, as well as the foundations of how to properly achieve that 'look' or successfully perform an exercise.
Scenic Rim September 2011 Horsemanship
The inability to catch or 'meet' your horse in the paddock is merely a symptom of one or more of the elements lacking in your relationship with your horse.
Trail riding basics Trail riding basics...
part one
To me, there’s nothing better than taking my horse out on the trail. It’s by far a more natural environment for the
horse, so it’s little wonder
that many horses are more forward going in the bush.
Whispering Acres Newsletter September 2011 Whisperingacres newsletter – September 2011
Ireland – from the back of a horse.
New equipment now available from whisperingacres.com
compassionate Compassionate
These days, you hear a lot of people talking about putting the horse first and considering the wellbeing of the horse above all else. Well, I share that passion, but I believe you have to put the passion into compassion to have a successful relationship with your horse. That means learning to see things through the eyes of the horse, always.
Understanding versatility Understanding versatility
Versatility is fundamental to training and working with horses. It helps you to build a strong foundation on your horse; much like building a house. A house can only
be as good and as strong as the first brick that is laid. If that brick is laid crooked, or has a crack, it can’t support what is added next and the whole structure is weak.
Getting focused Getting focused
When your horse is focused on you, understands what you are asking,and sees you as a good leader, he'll be less concerned about what's going on around him.
Lost and Found Lost and found
Meet the babies...this is a story about how five vulnerable little foals came to be oprhaned. It’s not a nice story, but if we don’t talk about it,we can’t change what happens!
Cantor departures Canter departures
As you progress in your riding, developing your sense of feel and improving communication with your horse, you will also start to ‘mirror’ your horse’s movements.
  Becoming aware Becoming aware
To have a great relationship with your horse, you first have to have a great relationship with yourself. Get to know how you think and act, what your body language is saying and what things you focus on.
Creating confidence Creating confidence
Confidence is all about being brave, believing in yourself and being able to trust in your ability to make good, fair decisions. In short, it means being a good leader.
Developing feel Developing feel
Feel not only gives you a better understanding, focus and ability to recognise things before they happen, but also the ability to know when your horse has understood and responded to your request.
Teamwork Team Work
It’s important to remember that every time you work with your horse you are essentially training himor her, for better or worse.
Horses for Life Freedom of Choice
This 24-page article appeared in the online magazine, Horses for Life.
tells the amazing tale of the starting of Spinifex, a Northern Territory brumby, in outback Australia. The file size is 7.4 Mb so please be patient – we think you will enjoy it.
In Front In Front
The concept of leading your horse starts on the ground with what your horse thinks of you. How your horse sees you on the ground shows you exactly how he will behave under saddle.
Horses for Life vol 44 A leading question... What does your horse think of you?
How your horse sees you on the ground shows you exactly how he will behave under saddle.
Insights InSights
Taking the time to understand how horses learn and see–through their eyes–will give you the ability identify and respond to issues as they arise in a positive way.
Horses for Life volume 42 Awareness
Awareness is what will give you the skill to notice when your emotions affect your own mindset and how you look at things, as well as when something is causing your horse to get stressed or defensive.
Being balanced Being balanced
Balance is when you feel your horse working straight and nicely forward, you are aware of how your body affects his movement, and you have the ability not to interfere with that movement.

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Last updated December 2017