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04/27/2017

If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this new training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you!  Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting.  Last month, it was hips to the fence for safe mounting. This month, it’s training your horse to load - easily!

03/30/2017

If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this new training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you!  Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting.  Last month, Kate launched the series explaining how to prepare your horse for learning. This month, it’s training hips to the fence for safe mounting.

02/28/2017

If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this new training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you!  Her gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series will walk you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading to handling head-shy horses to ‘safe mounting’. This month, Kate starts by explaining how to prepare your horse for learning.  How your horse learns

01/27/2017

We have all been there... It is the start of a new year and we decide that now is the time to get back into shape. You buy a new pair of runners and aim for an easy 5km jog.  For the first two minutes, you’re thinking: “Why didn’t I do this earlier, this is easy!” Gradually, the easy-go-lucky feeling is replaced by tightness in the chest, stiffness in the legs and a ‘pain is gain’ mentality. Then, before you know, it you find yourself lying on the couch with an ice pack and the new pair of runners in the corner collecting dust.

08/15/2016

At the recent International Equitation Science Conference held in Saumur, France, new statistics were released showing competition riders are more likely to over-tighten nosebands than adjust them correctly. The traditional standard recommending nosebands are adjusted loose enough to allow two fingers to slide between the nose and the strap is being followed by just 7% of riders.

06/11/2017

The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) has released a position statement on the use and misuse of man-made concepts in horse training, particularly dominance and leadership, warning they may jeopardise the creation of a harmonious relationship with the horse and may compromise its welfare.

05/31/2017

If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you!  Each article walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting. Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   Last month, it was it was trailer loading in 10 easy steps. This month, it’s training your horse to lower his head on cue - on the ground and under saddle.

05/31/2017

I snuggled down into my sleeping bag in my swag, lying on the floor of the float, with the tail gate down so I could look out and see Dante in his yard, munching hay in the moonlight. It had been quite a journey to get here, not just the five and a half hour trip we’d made that day, but the week leading up to the day as well.

Series: Setting Good Ground Rules Series

05/26/2017

Setting Good Ground Rules Part 1 - Introduction

07/08/2009 by Elsa Willans-Davis

Australian Equine Behaviour Centre - www.aebc.com.au Elsa Willans-Davis is a full-time trainer at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre in Broadford, Victoria. She is adept at training and teaching all facets of the AEBC training system from foundation training through to problem solving, dressage and jumping.

Setting Good Ground Rules Part 2 - Stop and Go

08/09/2009 by Elsa Willans-Davis

Australian Equine Behaviour Centre - www.aebc.com.au   In this Part 2 of our series I will explain how I train the basic responses of “go forward” and “stop” from the ground. Before you start

Setting good ground rules Part 3 - Park

04/07/2012 by Elsa Willans-Davis

Many people wrongly expect the horse will know he is supposed to stand still when he is tied up or is in a horse box, when in reality we should first train every horse that once you ask him to stop, he should not move nor follow you until you ask him to do so with your lead rope or reins. This is what we call 'Park'.  

Setting Good Ground Rules - Part 6 Head Control

18/04/2010 by Elsa Willans-Davis

Australian Equine Behaviour Centre - www.aebc.com.au Head control The prerequisites to training head control in hand are training your horse to go, stop, step back, and park at obedience level (see parts 1 – 5 of the series).

04/27/2017

Lately I’ve been feeling my young horse, Dante, is too much for me. I think he’s as good as could possibly be expected for a four-year old fresh back from being professionally started. I don’t doubt him at all. But me? That’s a different matter. 

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