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Lunging versus Groundwork

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Lunging versus Groundwork

Groundwork versus lunging or just getting on and ride I have found that there is a lot of confusion and misconception in regards to doing groundwork with our horses.  Many people believe that doing groundwork and lunging are the same thing and they are not.  Groundwork consists of a variety of things we do on the ground to get our horses engaging with us. When we ask our horses to do something, it requires them to engage their mind in order to get the body to do what is being asked.  It gives us the opportunity to see where are...

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The Amazing Mind

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The Amazing Mind

The mind is an amazing thing.It’s deeply connected to the emotional part of this amazing vessel we identify as I or Me.It’s that part that allows us to get totally wrapped up in the moment.Lost in a good book for the afternoon, enthralled in a great movie. This happens because of the amazing mind.For those moments, we are living in the story and everything in our physical surroundings fades away.The mind has no concept of time: past present or future.For the mind every thing seems to be happening in this moment.Thoughts arise within the mind, which then triggers our emotions...

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Baby It's cold Outside!

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Baby It's cold Outside!

I was recently woken up very early on a cold rainy morning by a frantic client whose horse was acting very strange. He was shivering, hanging his head low and as she described seemed like he was trying to vomit. Of course, I sat straight up in bed with concern. I could explain the first two symptoms but not the last. This horse was exhibiting signs of being cold. It had been very windy and raining for the past 12 or so hours and he had been standing outside of his shelter. The first two symptoms she described were due...

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Do I use the PNH Horsenality Chart?

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Do I use the PNH Horsenality Chart?

I try not to label horses with the horsenality chart, because when we humans put labels to our horses we tend to put them in a box.

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DAKOTA GETS TO DECIDE

DAKOTA GETS TO DECIDE

What I realized that day is Dakota was not having fun. She does not enjoy public events or high levels of activity. She prefers to hit the trail and spend quality time with me exploring wide open spaces.

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