When working with and owning horses, we all have had that moment, or moments, when we doubt ourselves. We doubt if we know enough to handle our horses at the level they are at, or even to take them further in their learning. We doubt if we got the right horse for our current horsemanship skills. We doubt if we are ...

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What is Instinct? Instinct is not a fixed quality. It grows and adapts. It changes. Everyone’s instincts can be different. Our instincts and our horses’ instincts are also different. Horses are prey animals and humans are predators so our instincts come from different perspectives. We are always learning from our mistakes which makes us and our instincts flexible and fluid. So ...

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So many times horse owners have told me: “My horse has taught me so much” “I learn from my horse every day” “My horse is my teacher” “We’ve learned so much together and are still learning” These are beautiful sentiments. I love to see that not only can horses learn from us, but that we can learn from them as well. ...

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Throw away your agenda! Did that sound like a shocking statement to make? It did to me when a trainer first told me this. I am a very organized, systematic person and I think I went into panic mode when I first heard this. What do I do? How do I teach my horse what I want him to do? Without ...

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Today was a fun day for me and Merlin. I was also reminded of an old lesson that was very helpful and I’d like to pass it on to you. You probably know it already but may need a reminder just like I did. Here’s my quick story: You already know that I purchased a 5-month-old Friesian colt about 7 months ...

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There is a lot of information out there, a lot of different trainers, methods, and approaches. And it seems that there are more and more being added to the “stream of information” every day. So…Who do you know?, Who do you like?, and Who do you trust? #1 Who do you know? This is the first thing I look at when ...

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