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Learning to Love the Spook: 10 Tips for Making a Friendly Ghost Out of Your Haunted Arena

September 2017

So, you’ve put time aside to ride, made the effort to get to your horse and have your training session planned perfectly in your mind. The sun is shining, there is no wind, you and your horse feel great. That is, until the arena Spook shows up, threatening to turn all your great expectations into bad vibrations. Leaving the stables after a frustrating ride, you feel like you wasted your time, go-over what you could have done better or simply wonder how it could have gone so wrong so quickly. 

Life After Racing: Tramel Park Standardbreds

August 2017

Melissa Blair was out competing at her local riding club when a woman she didn’t know came up to speak to her. “I’ve been watching you since the day you first came out,” she told Melissa, gesturing to her Standardbred mount, Astro. “Enough that when a Standardbred came up for sale the other week, I thought of you and I bought it.”

Endocrinopathic Laminitis With Dr Simon Bailey

July 2017

Prof Simon Bailey is a world-leading researcher who has devoted his professional career to examining endocrinopathic laminitis, a common, but potentially devastating, disease. With over 30 horses on his property, including one pony that’s being managed for laminitis, Simon is well-versed in the challenges the disease presents from the perspective of a horse owner, a researcher and a veterinarian. In this article, he shares his research findings on the topic, as well as the key steps that can be taken to prevent the disease.

Scientists Question the Relevance of Leadership and Dominance in Horse Training

July 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.

A Real Journey

July 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

Horse Training Course Part 3: 10 Easy Steps to Easy Trailer Loading

May 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!

Better Than Okay

May 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. 

Horse Training Course Part 2: Hips to the Fence For Safe Mounting

April 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.

Green Pony Blog 12: Stepping Up and Stepping Out

March 2017

It’s tempting to pretend I’ve bravely taken on every new challenge that has come my way with my young horse, but that would be a lie. I’ve quaked in my boots many a time. Sam, the fabulous trainer who I sent Dante to for his basic saddle training and to establish his ‘buttons’ knows only too well that I can be a nervous nelly. 

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