Words are the Source of Misunderstandings.

When I read other people’s horse blogs I realize just how little of time I spend verbalizing when working with and around my horses.  I do observe and set goals, and I can verbalize those if I need to. But verbalizing is an effort at the best of times and it interrupts the flow of […]

Kikkuli Principles of Horse Fitness

Thank you for your interest in my blog. This information is from my series on horse training: Lest people think that my insistence that horse and rider become proficient at their tasks before ever mounting up is some odd, new-fangled, or unproven, idea, I want to introduce Kikkuli, a Mittannian horse master from what we […]

How Horses Show Signs of Pain

By the time a horse begins to vocalize (groan) with pain IF they ever do make noise at all their situation is life threatening.  Noticing signs of pain , distress, and discomfort early on is vital in schooling and competition as well as horse keeping. Learn to see, not just look!  

Mutualism

I followed the sad tale of a ‘killer’ horse on a fellow blog. In the end, the horse ends up being euthanized and the owner may never walk again. But what actually drove the horse to the extreme of throwing and trampling his rider was psychological abuse. The real lesson in this is that the […]

Learning The Flying Dismount

Thank you for your interest in my blog. The information in this post has been updated to reflect my series on horse training. Click here to see what other books are available. A survey from Victoria, Australia, noted that for children, riding was the third-highest recreational activity requiring hospital admission. For adults, it was the […]

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and Horse Slaughter…

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noël Coward The latest twist on the horse slaughter issue is the kill-pen rescue syndrome. Horse meat brokers have learned how to capitalize on well meaning rescuers. They are selling auction horses to private buyers for far more […]

The Colonial Spanish Horse

In the summer of 1979, I got a call from the curator at The Albuquerque Museum. They had acquired a complete set of  15th century Spanish horse armor and could not find a horse model to display it on. They asked if I would send measurements of my Colonial Spanish horses to them so they […]