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How I Pick Tradesmen For My Horse Property

How I Pick Tradesmen For My Horse Property

Sometimes a job needs to be done on the property that I have no expertise in. I mean, even if I could put a roof on a stable or repair the hot water system, why would I want to? That is not my area of expertise and not my area of interest.   If you are a horse...

The Cause of Horses’ Reactions on Windy Days

The Cause of Horses’ Reactions on Windy Days

Horses are notorious for being ‘fresh’ and ‘excitable’ on windy days. These reactions are part of the reason that horses have evolved and are still alive in the twenty-first century.  They have survived by being ‘on guard’ against predators as their sense of smell and...

Have You Been Listening to This?

Have You Been Listening to This?

If you are interested in learning more about horses, have you been listening to the Equine Industry Experts on Horse Chats? Dr Andrew McLean discusses ten training principles for interactions with horses, based on his research and standing as non-negotiable...

7 Tips to Increase Horse Riding Confidence

7 Tips to Increase Horse Riding Confidence

If you don’t seem to be as motivated as you once were, or have simply lost confidence then here are seven quick tips to get you going again Only ride nice horses Be easy on yourself. If you are not looking forward to riding, it may be because your horse is not the...

What Do Vicki Roycroft, Monty Roberts and Dr Andrew McLean have in common?

What Do Vicki Roycroft, Monty Roberts and Dr Andrew McLean have in common?

If you guessed that they are all world class professional horse people, you are right! Vicki holds the record for the first female Olympic athlete to compete in both showjumping and eventing, Monty travels the world teaching his Join-Up method and Andrew is another...

Horse Steps, Strides, Gaits and Paces

Horse Steps, Strides, Gaits and Paces

Do you remember how complicated it was learning about horse steps, strides, paces and gaits? Just when you thought that horses could walk, run and gallop you learned that when horses ran it was called trot and somewhere in there was canter. Great, now you know the...

Ten Reasons Why You Should Look Up When You Ride

Ten Reasons Why You Should Look Up When You Ride

There was an old poem that my grandmother used to tell me about holding my head high and always looking between the horse’s ears when I rode. While I can’t remember the poem (and I don’t agree with ALWAYS looking between the horse’s ears), I do agree that the habit of...

Interview with Jen Hamilton

What type of philosophy do you have about riding and training your horse?  We make many choices . . . like if we should ride English or Western or if we choose to jump or not to jump. We also choose our training philosophy which could be adopted by our coaches and...

I Have a Good Excuse!

I Have a Good Excuse!

Do you have a good excuse why you didn’t win the last competition, or why you haven’t ridden lately? The thing is that everyone HAS a good excuse! No-one wins all the time. But those who win more often and progress to higher levels don’t dwell on their excuses! They...

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