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Alternative Horsemanship with · 2W ago

Spring time considerations for all things horse

It has been a long, snowy, wet winter and thankfully it looks like spring may be nearing soon! As the upcoming riding season approaches there are a variety of factors to consider when prepar...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 1M ago

Exploring the use of a round pen- an alternative perspective

A FB friend posted an article on anti round pen usage... Here was my in depth perspective/answer:I find 95% of folks misuse a round pen, whether under the guise of "exercising" or teaching c...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 1M ago

Pressures from others: Making appropriate choices for you and your equine partner

The initial romanticized idea of what equine ownership can be, inspires many people to commit to buying a horse, but it can quickly diminish with the realities and learning curve they experi...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 1M ago

Demo Day April 10, 2017 Oakzanita Ranch

FINAL CA Clinic of the season... April 7-11 Oakzanita Ranch, Descanso CA. Here's what's special... there will be a DEMO day! There are still a few one hour, private, participant spots avail...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 2M ago

Sending the horse to the trainer: Things to consider

The idea for this blog has been in the back of my mind for a while, but the other day as I was about to cross-post a different blog on a blog directory, three titles of articles written by o...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 2M ago

Pain in horses- an unaddressed common denominator

Let me preface this blog by saying I am NOTany of the following: veterinarian, equine nutritionist, equine dentist, farrier, equine chiropractor, equine naturopath or any other medical relat...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 2M ago

Time and the illusion of multi-tasking

For people who are new to my teaching and training theories, there are many questions and frequently a great deal of pondering and brooding as folks start to question “the way they’ve always...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 2M ago

Finding the ideal equine partner- and selling the unwanted one

Each spring receive inquiries from people wanting to sell their current inappropriate horse, and how they can find a better suited one.  I could write a book on the things that should be con...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 2M ago

The illusions of the "broke" horse...

I recently had a mare arrive for training that had been used as a trail horse. Her job had been to take care of a handicapped rider.  She’d supposedly “gone everywhere” and had done everythi...
Alternative Horsemanship with · 2M ago

Herd Bound Behavior- Resistance between Human and Horse

Many of us have experienced varying degrees of resistance from a horse due to their strong desire to be with another horse.  Scenarios may arise when leaving stablemates at the barn area, du...