One of the major problems I see with the one-size fits all training programs is that if your timing is just a little off, you can end up punishing your horse when he should be rewarded.
These programs make no allowance for your skill level or confidence and no allowance for who your horse is and how he is reacting in that moment.
Which is why a more personalized approach is required.
Because who doesn’t like getting individual attention and being treated special?
So how do we do this?
Allow your horse to have a voice
That's right, let your horse have a say.
I know this is a controversial opinion but if there is one ‘magic trick’ to transforming the trust and relationship between you and your horse...
It’s allowing your horse to express himself. It's like having a 2-way conversation.
Now that doesn’t mean you just let your horse do what he likes. But, if you give a little now and then there is nothing you can't achieve together.
So that is what I seek to teach in my blog posts, my programs and in my personal coaching - I give you and your horse the power to express yourselves and to be yourselves.
Because when all the trainers you've hired to work with your horse go home, there's just you and your horse left.
In other words, you are the only person who can have the relationship you've dreamed about with your horse.
Which is why I seek to provide you with the skills you need to be able to train your horse, on your own, at your own pace.
How I can help
There are 3 ways I can help you and your horse:
a) Each Friday I release a brand new, free lesson which gets posted here on the site and is also sent out by email so if you'd like to receive these, click the button below.
b) I have a number of low-cost programs where you can learn the basics of this individualized approach and watch me as I work with horses - see below for more info.
c) I offer an exclusive concierge level service for those that want to fix behavioral issues and have a well-behaved, safe horse - see below for more info.
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Bite-sized lessons from all my years of living and working with horses combined with the endless hours of equine research I've done. These are shared experiences that may help when training your horse in different disciplines.
Health and Welfare
My oldest horse Jazz is 33 years old and his son Apollo is 29. You learn a lot about looking after a horse when he has been in your care for 32 years. These therefore are the lessons I've learned to keep my own horses healthy and happy.
As we journey through life we gather wisdom and experience from our horses and from other people. In these posts I share the lessons I have learned over the years that have helped shape me and my relationship with my horses.
Why this personalized approach works so well
How do you feel when you walk into an electronics superstore or a car lot and within 30 seconds a salesperson comes over and starts in on their pitch?
Subconsciously your brain is releasing adrenaline, the energy chemical, and cortisol, the stress chemical, your guard goes up and your trust goes down. The more aggressive the pursuit the more you resist.
It's exactly the same way for our horses. So, we must do whatever we can not to trigger their fight, flight or freeze response and instead seek to create harmony.
Because when our horses are happy and content, they are much more open to what we are doing and feel very little aggression or the need to protect themselves against danger.
When we praise and reward them (an important part of my Blended Encouragement approach) this is likely to trigger the release of the reward chemical, dopamine.
And finally when high levels of care and empathy are present this triggers oxytocin, the trust chemical, which helps keep their adrenaline and cortisol levels in check, and allows us to create an atmosphere that in turn increases serotonin, the happy chemical.
In other words, our aim is to develop and maintain a happy, trusting and willing horse.
That is why allowing your horse to have a voice and feel comfortable is so important, and this is what I'll be teaching you.