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I understand where you’re at. I’ve been there.

What you do with your horse works for you. The techniques have been used for many years and are the accepted way of doing things.
The techniques I was taught were also the accepted way of doing things, many years ago.
Things like nerve lines, running W’s, 4-way hobbles. These used to be common in horse training but as our society evolves these methods and others, misunderstood or misused have fallen by the wayside, for the most part.

I am not here to disparrage your ways or discuss specific techniques that are questionable. If it’s working and keeping you safe that’s a good first step. What I would like to do is ask you to keep an open mind as I do. Examine every thing you do with your horse. Ask yourself not if it is socially acceptable, but is it morally acceptable? Would what you are doing be appropriate if your horse was a dog or another human and above all, is your horse happy.

It is precisely because I have used these methods, and many more that I now consider unethical that I feel I am the one to teach better ways.
I will be continuing to write articles such as the following one which shall appear in my newsletters (link top right or bottom middle of page).
I will be instructing in ways to improve your horse physically, mentally and emotionally.
I hope that you will join me on this journey of Helping Your Horse to be Happier.

De-stress Your Horse

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Unlock Your Tense and Inattentive Horse

Horses can display symptoms of stress in various ways. It can trigger fight, or flight. It can also trigger a lesser know response, freeze. You might think that is a good response but lets just call it a safer response. I'm sure you can imagine the results of a fight or flight response but freeze has the potential to become either and at the very least does not make your horse feel relaxed, safe, happy ... and when the horse feels like that, stressed, we often do too.

So what can we do to help? What resources do we have at hand that we can offer our horse to reduce his stress, thereby reducing our own?

Free Your Calm, Relaxed  and Focused Horse
That will be the focus of these next few articles.  I intend to offer some concrete solutions you can implement to aid your horse. If you have any questions after reading and trying these exercises email me or use the comment section below the article and I'll see what common threads may need to be clarified.

De-stress Your Horse - Part 1

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