Tag Archives: natural horsemanship

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

My husband complains that there are four of us in this marriage, and that he is usually last in line for my attention. He’s not at all impressed when I put forward the argument that the British cavalry became the … Continue reading

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Stick or Treat?

Stick? Or Treat? ……. Excuse the simplistic title, but I couldn’t resist the Hallowe’en pun! How often have you heard, “Don’t give horses treats, it’ll make them bite”? I’m not a complete anarchist, but I don’t like rules without reasons. … Continue reading

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Is “Alpha” Better?

It is a credit to most assiduous, amateur horse-owners that they will try almost anything, give most new theories a chance in their quest to improve their riding and relationship with their horses. Forgive me if, having seen more than a … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, Dr. Jekyll

I know some of you have been concerned about the way things have been going here. Me too. You never realise quite how pernicious a force anxiety can be until you find yourself deep in a worrisome hole and there … Continue reading

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Character Forming?

This week the rain desisted, the sun came out and so did my mini, early daffodils. Oh good, I thought, Spring can’t be that far off.  My grass arena and the country tracks should dry out and I can get … Continue reading

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New Beginnings – and a Little Chat with the Horses

Easter is such a significant time, the real start of the calendar, when life re-emerges from underground.  Rather like our spirits … I hope you’re all enjoying the renaissance of spring weather, whether it puts a spring in your step … Continue reading

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Horse-husbands: an essential guide

Some, very fortunate, riders meet other riders with whom they fall poll-over-croup in love and lead a horsy-ever-after life.  Other lucky riders are still young enough to have some degree of back-up from parents or relatives.  Very few horse people, however fiercely independent, can do without help … Continue reading

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Middle-aged horsewomen; why do we do it?

This year, after accidents have kept me grounded for the best part of 9 months, I’ve travelled the internet like a tourist desperate to use up air miles.  I’ve discovered sites so many and various, I’ve completely redefined my understanding … Continue reading

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Walking the walk…and talking the talk?

So, after my second bone-break this year, and getting back to riding again after a further layoff,  I am thrilled to find that my lively Pom seems no different than if he’d simply had a fortnight’s holiday! But both of us are … Continue reading

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She’s back with that saddle again!

Autumn sunshine slants in the background and a handsome old horse in the autumn of his years, leaves wreathed in his mane, basks in the afternoon warmth.  He’s content in his retirement and quite relieved he no longer has to shoulder the … Continue reading

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