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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 same and I’ve dedicated my career to finding the best ways to connect with horses. ‘Connection’, ‘relationship’, ‘bond’ etc are all words that are thrown around a lot in the horse world, and are often …

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3 Top Tips to Despook Your Horse: Calm, Positive and Fun Training

Despooking exercises for your horse should be calm, positive and fun for both of you. The aim is to build your horse’s confidence, calmness and connection with you no matter what you encounter – from giant spiders to fluttering ghosts (or from umbrellas to plastic bags in the real world!). This video features clips from …

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Getting Off to the Right Start with Positive Reinforcement – Spotlight on the Foundation Course

[🎄It’s our Christmas Sale this weekend! Click here to find out more!🎄] The way you introduce positive reinforcement training to your horse can make a huge difference on how successful it is. The early lessons set the tone of the training – does your horse associate reward based training with feeling excited, anxious, frustrated or …

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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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Teaching the Pirouette – First Steps. Reward Based Training

Teaching any movement to your horse is fairly straightforward when you’ve taught all the elements needed to create it – things like weight shifts, flexions, moving the shoulders and quarters independently and so on. By breaking it down and teaching each movement separately, you can then combine them any way you like. Of course, using …

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Can I Mix Negative and Positive Reinforcement?

This is a great question and one we get asked a lot. Many people coming to reward-based training have horses who already understand many different behaviors and they always want to know if they have to start training everything again from scratch. As always, the answer comes to down to emotions of the individual horse …

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