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The fun of a Birthday in the Time Warp

The fun of a Birthday in the Time Warp

You  know how it is .... your birthday approaches and you start to think about what you'll do, how you'll celebrate, how old you are getting!, and you tell everyone you don't want a fuss ... then the day arrives, and you wake up like a child on their birthday,...

The Character of a Horsemanship with Heart Clinic

The Character of a Horsemanship with Heart Clinic

A clinic is only as good and as interesting as what you get out of it, and also, what you are prepared to put into it. Last Saturday's Horsemanship with Heart clinic was no exception. We had a mixed group - ponies and young people, and horses and older people (I don't...

The Mind Readers

The Mind Readers

Can your horse read your mind? We know that they can sense our moods, particularly those of urgency, or fear or unrest ... but can they 'know' when we feel negatively or positively toward them?I put forward that yes, they can. Evidence is mounting up as I talk to...

A Reunion

A Reunion

During the colder months of 2010, student Steph and I went to help a thoroughbred (ex-racehorse) brood mare and her foal, a gangling, scared, wide-eyed creature whose prey animal instincts were so strong that crashing headlong into a gate was preferable to being near...

Do horses and ponies like to do cool stuff?

Do horses and ponies like to do cool stuff?

Coming up next month is our Mini and Pony Agility Clinic - a totally fun day of learning and games, all designed to develop a better bond with the little guys and their humans!Which raises the question: do you think minis, ponies and horses like to play games with...

Awesome Clinic!

Awesome Clinic!

Last Saturday's horsemanship clinic at Bethanga up in the northernmost reaches of Victoria, right on the NSW border, was fantastic. The group was fun, light-hearted, enthusiastic and attentive - and the horses were awesome as usual!Right away I could see how much...

Two little ponies

Two little ponies

Two little ponies recently entered my life by way of a dedicated rescue team and their new carer - and presented me with one of the most challenging missions of my career.Who would have thought that two terrified little equines would have such an impact on me? We've...

For the Love of All Equines

For the Love of All Equines

I was reading the book of another trainer the other day, and something he said really struck me. He said that he always tells a student the truth about their horse... that if that horse is ugly or misshapen, he is direct and offers them some reality. It was his...

An Eye Problem

An Eye Problem

Yesterday morning when I went out to see the horses and move them to their day pasture, I noticed something 'not quite right' with one of them. You know what I mean: even from a distance, you can tell when a horse isn't looking quite himself. It's the little things,...

A Moon Walk

A Moon Walk

On nights where we have a full moon, I like to take a late night walk to visit my horses. It is cold out there tonight, but still and clear. I pull my gumboots on over my PJ legs and put a warm jacket on over my dressing gown, then a beanie on my head and I'm ready...

Unseasonal warm days and your horse

Unseasonal warm days and your horse

Driving around the Yarra Valley today going from lesson to lesson and home again, I saw over 100 horses (yes, I counted them, just out of curiosity!) standing in the sun wearing winter rugs, with over 3/4 of them in 'combo' rugs (where the neck is all rugged up as...

The Best of Friends

The Best of Friends

Meet Harry and Rebel, two good buddies who are part of a herd of five - see their changing moods in this series of photographs! Their play is mock-fighting and doing what comes naturally to them, along with just the pleasure of being still in each other's space.These...

What season are you in?

What season are you in?

Did you know that a smile is truly real when you do it when you are alone. What makes you smile when you are alone? Thinking about my horses playing and being 'cheeky' always puts a smile on my face, along with remembering moments that have brought me joy, and...

Dirty and Loving it!

Dirty and Loving it!

You may not think that a muddy, filthy horse is a pretty sight, but from a horse's point of view, it probably doesn't matter much! Who hasn't moaned when they've just put their best elbow-grease forward to get their horse looking clean, and that horse has gone and...

The Brave Society

The Brave Society

Thing is: all this natural horsemanship 'stuff' really does make a positive difference ... to you, your horse, your life! Ask anyone who has embraced a natural approach to their horse, and they will nod their head in agreement - being natural with horses Changes...

Woken by the Wind

Woken by the Wind

It is 4 a.m. and I've been awake since 3 a.m. when I was woken by the howling wind. Then the rain began, and sleep became impossible! Now, several cups of tea later, am working at my desk, trying to block out the racket and the mental image of the horses out there in...

The biggest lesson of all

The biggest lesson of all

Trust, Confidence ..... then Respect. It keeps coming back to this. I'm developing a couple of thoroughbred fillies and daily, I am reminded of this. Too much energy from me at this point, even as I enter the paddock, and the trust gets shaken around a bit. When the...

Everything is Energy!

Everything is Energy!

Whether you like it or not, a lot of what happens between you and your horse is based on something simple and undeniable: Energy. Above, that's my Sharif, he of 'exuberant' energy!As Oprah so passionately said it, in her final show: " ALL LIFE IS ENERGY, and we are...

Nature’s Paintbrush

Nature’s Paintbrush

I sat on the patio near my horses this morning, as it was quite balmy out there (for late autumn, anyway) and watched their antics as they vied for the best place nearest me (just in case, I guess, I produced a tasty something).They look quite feral at the moment -...

Mutual Trust

Mutual Trust

Standing behind your horse, in their blind spot, requires that there is some mutual Trust, Confidence and Respect in place! We've always been told not to 'go behind' the horse and for many people, it is an instant heart-racer when they go 'back there'! Years of...

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