Rachel Bedingfield

Follow, Match, Lead. 3 Steps to Better Connection

You can build great connection with your horse by paying attention to your own movement. Horses are born to mimic and move together in a herd. This harmony is part of how they build strong bonds and you can use this fact to build your bond too. In this video, I teach Claire Waldron to …

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Breathe Your Way to Better Connection

By using two simple breathing exercises, Rachel works with Claire and Selena to help build their connection on the ground. These exercises can also be done in the saddle which will work wonders to help your horse tune into you.   Using and Fading the Target At first, we build connection by teaching our horses to …

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Success In Your Comfort Zone!

Ever been frightened when riding and been told “Don’t be silly. You’ve got to leave your comfort zone if you want to improve!” I take a sideways look at this mantra and shows that, when it comes to horses, it’s plain wrong (although I use a ruder word than that!). I’ll explain why in this …

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Blog of the Year – Emotions and Training

BLOG OF THE YEAR To finish off 2016, we’re all looking back at the year and choosing our favourite CT blog to watch again! I’ve chosen Rachel’s video about the SEEKING system – the emotional system in the brain which we trigger when training our horses.  I really enjoyed the whole series on the emotional brain …

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Ponies Decorate the Christmas Tree!

🎶 Deck the halls, tree and stables 🎶 Falalala la lala la la Who decorates the Christmas Tree at Hope Pastures rescue centre? The rescued ponies and donkeys of course! Hannah worked with the staff at Hope Pastures to teach these cuties some tricks to add Christmas cheer to the stables. “It’s pretty heartbreaking to see the state …

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Panksepp’s Emotional Systems in Horses: Conclusion

This video concludes the series exploring Panksepp’s emotional brain systems in horses. These brain systems are found in all mammals and are at the core of how we understand and train our horses. The systems are: SEEKING, CARE, PLAY, FEAR, PANIC, RAGE and LUST. To view the whole series from the start click HERE. You …

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From Frustration to Fury – 6. The RAGE System

Horses are naturally peaceable animals in the wild. So why do we see so many aggressive behaviours in domesticity? In this video, I explore many facets of the RAGE system – does dominance exist in the brain? Why do horses resource-guard? What elements of the RAGE system are triggered through training? The wonderful clips in …

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