Category Archives: emotion

A Question Of Trust

At the start of the summer I bought a new horse- Iris is a beautiful grey mare with a bit of dressage in her parentage and a genuinely wonderful nature. She didn’t have much experience, which was good news from … Continue reading

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What are you practicing?

“What you practice,” I remember Tom Widdicombe telling me, “is what you get good at.” This is undeniable, in fact it is fundamentally obvious. What else would one get good at? After all, practice is how we get better at things. If … Continue reading

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Understanding life and energy in horsemanship

Like any activity in which one can gain expertise, horse training has its own terminology and among the people I’ve learned with a critically important concept is “life” or “energy. A lot of people hear these words and think that they … Continue reading

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How to be your horse’s best friend

In a way a lot of people interested in horses, particularly people who have got interested in natural horsemanship, got here because, at heart, we want to be friends with our horses. We want to them to feel they can … Continue reading

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Emotion and calm

Horses are emotional creatures. Their first response to most new things is an emotional one – usually fear, often turning that into inquisitiveness once they have established that the thing won’t harm them. For many years I used to wonder … Continue reading

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