Bio-Mechanics and the Novice in the Saddle

I just came across a study looking at the difference between novice and and advanced riders using muscles sensors. Six ‘recreational’ riders were the novice examples. I presume these individuals rode occasionally, but did not own a horse or take lessons. Their background was not made clear. But the researchers found ‘more chaotic muscle activity’ […]

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 […]