Training Theory and Techniques

Using Start Buttons and Consent Cues in Horse Training

Using Start Buttons and Consent Cues in Horse Training

How do horses communicate their preferences or willingness? How do we make sure we're listening and respecting them?  Consent comes ...
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Horses Saying "Yes" and "No" - How to Read Your Horse's Emotions

Horses Saying “Yes” and “No” – How to Read Your Horse’s Emotions

Listening to your horse means being able to read what he's saying through his body language. Horses express fear, joy, ...
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Understanding Choice, Communication and Having a Conversation with Your Horse

Understanding Choice, Communication and Having a Conversation with Your Horse

What does it look like when your horse says, “no”? Do you then stop that activity completely? What does it ...
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What is Engagement? Try These Simple Exercises to Understand It.

What is Engagement? Try These Simple Exercises to Understand It.

Healthy movement is key to a sound and happy horse. Engagement is part of healthy movement, necessary for keeping your ...
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Horses Choosing to be Tacked Up and Ridden?

Horses Choosing to be Tacked Up and Ridden?

This topic is all about horses choosing to be tacked up and ridden - is it possible that they actually ...
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P4 Why use STATIONARY targets? Riding, loading, jumping and more...

P4 Why use STATIONARY targets? Riding, loading, jumping and more…

As you'll know by now if you've watched this series - targeting is a versatile and oh-so-useful training technique. This ...
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P3 Why teach your horse to FOLLOW a target?? Lunging, lateral work, stretch down and more...

P3 Why teach your horse to FOLLOW a target?? Lunging, lateral work, stretch down and more…

This targeting video explores FOLLOWING a target - one of the 3 types of nose-targeting exercises I teach and use ...
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P2 Why Teach Your Horse to Touch a Target? De-Spooking, Rein-Back, Loading and More...

P2 Why Teach Your Horse to Touch a Target? De-Spooking, Rein-Back, Loading and More…

Targeting is a really versatile training technique that you can use for so many things. In the last video (part ...
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P1 What is Targeting? And why is it so USEFUL?

P1 What is Targeting? And why is it so USEFUL?

P1 Targeting! I use targeting ALL. THE. TIME. It's one of the most useful behaviours you can train your horse ...
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How to De-Spook Your Horse with a Tarp: A Gentle, Positive and Effective Approach

How to De-Spook Your Horse with a Tarp: A Gentle, Positive and Effective Approach

Thanks to evolution, horses are fearful creatures and spooking and anxiety is the most common challenge for horses and their ...
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Yoga for Equestrians with 5 Min Pre-Ride Back and Hip Release

Yoga for Equestrians with 5 Min Pre-Ride Back and Hip Release

If you've ever wondered why everyone seems to be talking about yoga or how it can help your horse training, ...
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10 Ways to Connect with Your Horse: Podcast

10 Ways to Connect with Your Horse: Podcast

The quality of the relationship you have with your horse is important to you. I know because I feel the ...
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