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    This little dude with his side eye and bad attitude reminded me of two things this week. The first one is that a deep breath goes a long way. 
Put a green rider on a horse that won’t stand still and the anxiety just ramps up. All the horse is doing is wiggling but the rider can’t make him stand still and if he can’t make him stand still then he can’t make him do anything and suddenly this 1000lb animal is the one in charge and holy shit. 
And as an experienced rider getting on this horse it can be really tempting to get after him. A stand still you little shit or else attitude. Instead, breath. Take a deep breath and relax. Approach each horse (and obstacle in life) with a clear and open mind. I got on Spur this week with no expectations of him. All I knew was he wouldn’t stand still for his rider and it was creating anxiety for both of them. I took Spurburt back to the basics for a minute and he thrived on being able to excel at the simple things I was asking of him. I worked on the problem in a way that was annoying for him, but not stressful. It took maybe ten minutes for him to start to respond to me in a satisfactory way. By ride number two he was handling himself properly and I’m confident that by next week or so I’ll be able to start working with him and his rider so they can find a middle ground. All I had to do was take a breath and listen to the horse. 
#consciousbreathing #justbreath #listentoyourhorse #trust #trustexercise #horsesofinstagram #painthorses #lessonone #backtobasics #horsebackridinglessons #horsesteach #itsallaboutattitude #positivevibes #positivevibetribe

    This little dude with his side eye and bad attitude reminded me of two things this week. The first one is that a deep breath goes a long way.
    Put a green rider on a horse that won’t stand still and the anxiety just ramps up. All the horse is doing is wiggling but the rider can’t make him stand still and if he can’t make him stand still then he can’t make him do anything and suddenly this 1000lb animal is the one in charge and holy shit.
    And as an experienced rider getting on this horse it can be really tempting to get after him. A stand still you little shit or else attitude. Instead, breath. Take a deep breath and relax. Approach each horse (and obstacle in life) with a clear and open mind. I got on Spur this week with no expectations of him. All I knew was he wouldn’t stand still for his rider and it was creating anxiety for both of them. I took Spurburt back to the basics for a minute and he thrived on being able to excel at the simple things I was asking of him. I worked on the problem in a way that was annoying for him, but not stressful. It took maybe ten minutes for him to start to respond to me in a satisfactory way. By ride number two he was handling himself properly and I’m confident that by next week or so I’ll be able to start working with him and his rider so they can find a middle ground. All I had to do was take a breath and listen to the horse.
    #consciousbreathing #justbreath #listentoyourhorse #trust #trustexercise #horsesofinstagram #painthorses #lessonone #backtobasics #horsebackridinglessons #horsesteach #itsallaboutattitude #positivevibes #positivevibetribe

    3 2 4 hours ago

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    Even though I haven’t been posting that much, I’m actually doing way more at the stable and with Tessa!  I’m working and riding pretty much all day every day.  I love it! But I’m also so tired by the end of the day and have fewer hours of “free time,” hence the inactivity.

    Even though I haven’t been posting that much, I’m actually doing way more at the stable and with Tessa! I’m working and riding pretty much all day every day. I love it! But I’m also so tired by the end of the day and have fewer hours of “free time,” hence the inactivity.

    60 2 14 June, 2019

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    Many readers have asked for a quick-reference ‘glossary’ of all the horses in my herd that I write about. What?? Is it difficult to keep all the details of 11 horses you’ve never met (in person) straight in your mind? 🙂 Others are curious as to how I named them. 
Without further ado, here are the members of The Singing Horse Herd of 11. ➡️➡️link in bio #listentoyourhorse #mustanghorse #spiritualequine #holistichorsemanship

    Many readers have asked for a quick-reference ‘glossary’ of all the horses in my herd that I write about. What?? Is it difficult to keep all the details of 11 horses you’ve never met (in person) straight in your mind? 🙂 Others are curious as to how I named them.
    Without further ado, here are the members of The Singing Horse Herd of 11. ➡️➡️link in bio #listentoyourhorse #mustanghorse #spiritualequine #holistichorsemanship

    32 0 12 June, 2019

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    What’s MORE important - and interesting - than herd ranking or pecking order? I’m fascinated with the ROLE each herd member has and how each role contributes to the well-being of the herd. Today was a great example of the very important job/service Jax holds in the Singing Horse Herd #listentoyourhorse #holistichorsemanship #singinghorseherd

    What’s MORE important - and interesting - than herd ranking or pecking order? I’m fascinated with the ROLE each herd member has and how each role contributes to the well-being of the herd. Today was a great example of the very important job/service Jax holds in the Singing Horse Herd #listentoyourhorse #holistichorsemanship #singinghorseherd

    36 1 11 June, 2019
    I’m always trying to improve on my riding and my methods with Tessa.  I’ve switched between bitless and bit for all the years I’ve had her to see which she seems to feel best with.  After using a bitless bridle for these last few months, I noticed she was bracing against it a lot.  I tried her with a bit again and she was so much softer.  I think it may be because she doesn’t like how the bitless puts pressure on her face.  The bridle I use is a Micklem Competition Bridle, which is specifically designed to avoid pressure points on the face.  I ride from the seat and don’t really use the reins, so the way I ride should be the same bit, bitless, or bridleless.  I know most people who train with +R use a bitless bridle and I certainly understand why-bits can be very painful if abused.  I’m just trying to make Tess more comfortable and be respectful of her.  I’m not perfect at interpreting her behavior but I hope I made the right call for now.

    I’m always trying to improve on my riding and my methods with Tessa. I’ve switched between bitless and bit for all the years I’ve had her to see which she seems to feel best with. After using a bitless bridle for these last few months, I noticed she was bracing against it a lot. I tried her with a bit again and she was so much softer. I think it may be because she doesn’t like how the bitless puts pressure on her face. The bridle I use is a Micklem Competition Bridle, which is specifically designed to avoid pressure points on the face. I ride from the seat and don’t really use the reins, so the way I ride should be the same bit, bitless, or bridleless. I know most people who train with +R use a bitless bridle and I certainly understand why-bits can be very painful if abused. I’m just trying to make Tess more comfortable and be respectful of her. I’m not perfect at interpreting her behavior but I hope I made the right call for now.

    65 3 9 June, 2019
    I’ve noticed that the more I am struggling with something, the harder it is to drop into meditative state. Even surrounded by these 11 masters, sometimes they have to work extra hard to carry me there. #listentoyourhorse #meditationspace #meditationwithhorses

    I’ve noticed that the more I am struggling with something, the harder it is to drop into meditative state. Even surrounded by these 11 masters, sometimes they have to work extra hard to carry me there. #listentoyourhorse #meditationspace #meditationwithhorses

    43 3 8 June, 2019

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    Here's a lesson on following your gut and don't  be cheap!
A year ago when I bought Six I had her teeth done. This spring I didn't think she needed it so I cheaped out. (Cause if they don't need it save your $$$ right? 😏)
She started bucking when I asked her to turn or stop mostly on the left side. 
She's been harder to keep weight on when she normally looks like a beached whale at the site of grass. 
In my gut I knew something was off but kept ignoring it. Why? I honestly have no clue but I feel terrible about it! 
Well I had the wonderful Alana Altnow come out and her thermal images show a good amount of heat on the LEFT side of her face. It also shows heat where her lymphocytes (I could be spelling this wrong) are on the left side. We believe that is the infection draining. We then noticed mild swelling on her left side vs right side. 
The fact this mare didn't turn full rodeo bronc on me blows my mind. If I was her I would have bucked me off 😂
Six has been so sweet lately too. She's been trying to tell me it hurts and now that I understand all she wants to do is have me hold her face. She knows I know. *Six is the smartest horse I've ever had and I believe this is why she's had a troubled past. She WILL try to outsmart you!*
I cannot wait to get her feeling 💯. Six will make her comeback mid July and I expect it to be a good one. 💪🏻
#MMLSixOlena #Sixfols #JetofHonor #sticksnstones #peppysanbadger #docolena #barrelhorses #barrelprospect #AQHA #baymare #quarterhorse #barrelracer #teethfloat #equinedentist #wpra #trustyourhorse #listentoyourhorse #dontbecheap #makingacomeback #

    Here's a lesson on following your gut and don't be cheap!
    A year ago when I bought Six I had her teeth done. This spring I didn't think she needed it so I cheaped out. (Cause if they don't need it save your $$$ right? 😏)
    She started bucking when I asked her to turn or stop mostly on the left side.
    She's been harder to keep weight on when she normally looks like a beached whale at the site of grass.
    In my gut I knew something was off but kept ignoring it. Why? I honestly have no clue but I feel terrible about it!
    Well I had the wonderful Alana Altnow come out and her thermal images show a good amount of heat on the LEFT side of her face. It also shows heat where her lymphocytes (I could be spelling this wrong) are on the left side. We believe that is the infection draining. We then noticed mild swelling on her left side vs right side.
    The fact this mare didn't turn full rodeo bronc on me blows my mind. If I was her I would have bucked me off 😂
    Six has been so sweet lately too. She's been trying to tell me it hurts and now that I understand all she wants to do is have me hold her face. She knows I know. *Six is the smartest horse I've ever had and I believe this is why she's had a troubled past. She WILL try to outsmart you!*
    I cannot wait to get her feeling 💯. Six will make her comeback mid July and I expect it to be a good one. 💪🏻
    #MMLSixOlena #Sixfols #JetofHonor #sticksnstones #peppysanbadger #docolena #barrelhorses #barrelprospect #AQHA #baymare #quarterhorse #barrelracer #teethfloat #equinedentist #wpra #trustyourhorse #listentoyourhorse #dontbecheap #makingacomeback #

    63 6 6 June, 2019
    Now this is a nifty idea! A round bale feeder with a sweet little roof 😍 Sure wish I could feed round bales - that would SLASH my hay bill! But not in this climate. Too wet and everything rots/ferments. This one’s at Edge Wholesale Direct if anyone’s looking for one. #listentoyourhorse #roundbalefeeder

    Now this is a nifty idea! A round bale feeder with a sweet little roof 😍 Sure wish I could feed round bales - that would SLASH my hay bill! But not in this climate. Too wet and everything rots/ferments. This one’s at Edge Wholesale Direct if anyone’s looking for one. #listentoyourhorse #roundbalefeeder

    16 0 6 June, 2019
    In many Cultures, Shamans use tobacco as a powerful tool for clearing energy either by ingesting into the stomach, sniffing powder form through the nose, or working with the smoke as a smudge.
Many many years ago, I was taught by a Medicine Woman to blow tobacco smoke into/ onto areas of the body where there was perceived “stuck” energies.

The results (as I myself had directly experienced by receiving such a gift) is a sensation of body lightness. Physical pain disappears and a clarity enters the senses.

Here, I felt Jax blow on the top of my head. As I have have done so in ceremony for people while working with tobacco.
After Jax was done, it felt the same as when I had the experience received on myself by the Medicine People.

I had no expectations. He just came up to me and began sniffing me then dropped into a zone and blew and breathed into the top of my head for quite some time as time stood still.
All the discomforts in my body disappeared. My head felt crystal clear and very light. Colours were more vivid and my heart and lungs were in expansion. It felt like cool pure water was flowing through my veins.
After this, him and I had a very precious walk together. We just walked in silence around the property. It felt like we moved yet through another layer of trust... Jax the Wizard. 
I am honoured to receive such a gift from him.
 What an incredible being.❤️ #animalcommunication #equuarius #animalcommunication #myhorsemyguru#animalshamanism#listentoyourhorse

    In many Cultures, Shamans use tobacco as a powerful tool for clearing energy either by ingesting into the stomach, sniffing powder form through the nose, or working with the smoke as a smudge.
    Many many years ago, I was taught by a Medicine Woman to blow tobacco smoke into/ onto areas of the body where there was perceived “stuck” energies.

    The results (as I myself had directly experienced by receiving such a gift) is a sensation of body lightness. Physical pain disappears and a clarity enters the senses.

    Here, I felt Jax blow on the top of my head. As I have have done so in ceremony for people while working with tobacco.
    After Jax was done, it felt the same as when I had the experience received on myself by the Medicine People.

    I had no expectations. He just came up to me and began sniffing me then dropped into a zone and blew and breathed into the top of my head for quite some time as time stood still.
    All the discomforts in my body disappeared. My head felt crystal clear and very light. Colours were more vivid and my heart and lungs were in expansion. It felt like cool pure water was flowing through my veins.
    After this, him and I had a very precious walk together. We just walked in silence around the property. It felt like we moved yet through another layer of trust... Jax the Wizard.
    I am honoured to receive such a gift from him.
    What an incredible being.❤️ #animalcommunication #equuarius #animalcommunication #myhorsemyguru #animalshamanism #listentoyourhorse

    61 6 5 June, 2019
    My horses have been loving all the green grass😂🌱. Grass is often a huge distraction in training at Liberty. It's difficult to encourage a horse to stop eating in order to play with humans. Here are a few things I've learned: 🍃1) Reward them with things they love more than grass. If my horse has a favorite treat, I'll use that as a reward or if they really enjoy scratches, then I use that! Or, I sometimes use grass as a treat, too
🍃2) I don't try to train my horses  when they are really hungry. For example, if I have just turned them out into the pasture, I don't then immediately go out and ask them to work with me.  I allow them to graze for a few hours first. 🍃3) If I want to introduce a new concept and need their full attention, I'll often put them in a pen that doesn't have as much grass in it. Once they fully understand what I am asking, I'll take them into the pasture and work with them. 🍃4) I also have learned to accept that some days my horses are going to say no. This is just all part of Liberty training and it's ok! Just stay consistent and don't lose patience! #horsesoftheprairie #horsetrainer #horsetrainingblog #horseownerlife #ponylife #libertyhorsemanship #libertytraining #positivereinforcementhorsetraining #loveyourhorse #listentoyourhorse #askdontforce #removetheropes #horselover #horsesgrazing #trainyourhorseandyourself #horsetrainingtips

    My horses have been loving all the green grass😂🌱. Grass is often a huge distraction in training at Liberty. It's difficult to encourage a horse to stop eating in order to play with humans. Here are a few things I've learned: 🍃1) Reward them with things they love more than grass. If my horse has a favorite treat, I'll use that as a reward or if they really enjoy scratches, then I use that! Or, I sometimes use grass as a treat, too
    🍃2) I don't try to train my horses when they are really hungry. For example, if I have just turned them out into the pasture, I don't then immediately go out and ask them to work with me. I allow them to graze for a few hours first. 🍃3) If I want to introduce a new concept and need their full attention, I'll often put them in a pen that doesn't have as much grass in it. Once they fully understand what I am asking, I'll take them into the pasture and work with them. 🍃4) I also have learned to accept that some days my horses are going to say no. This is just all part of Liberty training and it's ok! Just stay consistent and don't lose patience! #horsesoftheprairie #horsetrainer #horsetrainingblog #horseownerlife #ponylife #libertyhorsemanship #libertytraining #positivereinforcementhorsetraining #loveyourhorse #listentoyourhorse #askdontforce #removetheropes #horselover #horsesgrazing #trainyourhorseandyourself #horsetrainingtips

    29 4 5 June, 2019
    This is what a Cobra kiss looks like 😍 thanks jsrockyanderson.com for being so good to these guys ❤️ #listentoyourhorse #mustanghorse

    This is what a Cobra kiss looks like 😍 thanks jsrockyanderson.com for being so good to these guys ❤️ #listentoyourhorse #mustanghorse

    34 0 5 June, 2019

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    I’ve found so many amazing songs for our musical freestyle! However will I choose...😩

    I’ve found so many amazing songs for our musical freestyle! However will I choose...😩

    69 1 4 June, 2019
    People watching my YouTube videos often chastise me for not grooming the wildies (who don’t want to be touched). But perhaps they’ve never seen how completely self-sufficient they are at grooming themselves with the help of trees, a good roll in the dirt, the barn wall/roof/feeders 😬 and each other! This is Siyone and Makah - love the way their coats look together 😍 #mustanghorse #listentoyourhorse #holistichorsecare #itchyhorse

    People watching my YouTube videos often chastise me for not grooming the wildies (who don’t want to be touched). But perhaps they’ve never seen how completely self-sufficient they are at grooming themselves with the help of trees, a good roll in the dirt, the barn wall/roof/feeders 😬 and each other! This is Siyone and Makah - love the way their coats look together 😍 #mustanghorse #listentoyourhorse #holistichorsecare #itchyhorse

    55 12 3 June, 2019
    This handsome fella - who still doesn’t want to be touched - just allowed me to trim his two left hooves. They were overgrown from his previous shoulder injury so I asked if I could even them up a bit for him. It’s not pretty! But he’s in charge and I’m SO proud of myself for stopping the second he told me to. This Mustang has taught me so so much about all the things we can do together- and that he asks for, without me touching him with any part of my body. And WHEN did we trim his hooves? When everyone was meditating of course! Thanks a million to @kesianagata couldn’t have done this without you. And of course to Montaro who first taught Kesia how to trim feet without having to pick them up 😍❤️ #sidetrimhoofmethod #listentoyourhorse #mustanghorse #wildhorses

    This handsome fella - who still doesn’t want to be touched - just allowed me to trim his two left hooves. They were overgrown from his previous shoulder injury so I asked if I could even them up a bit for him. It’s not pretty! But he’s in charge and I’m SO proud of myself for stopping the second he told me to. This Mustang has taught me so so much about all the things we can do together- and that he asks for, without me touching him with any part of my body. And WHEN did we trim his hooves? When everyone was meditating of course! Thanks a million to @kesianagata couldn’t have done this without you. And of course to Montaro who first taught Kesia how to trim feet without having to pick them up 😍❤️ #sidetrimhoofmethod #listentoyourhorse #mustanghorse #wildhorses

    48 3 2 June, 2019
    🎉 Happy Gotcha Day, my sweet Tessa girl 🎉 I know I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am now in my horse journey.  Thank you for changing the way I view all of horse riding/training. 
Just a little bit of Tessa and I’s evolution over the years...
Year 1️⃣: This was when she had a non-existent topline, quite green, and working through body problems unbeknownst to us.  And me...well I was trying out the waters of horse ownership and was determined to turn Tess into an Eventing horse😂
Year 2️⃣: My first time riding a horse in a dress for Dressember, to prove “you can do anything in a dress.” Also the year Tess bucked me off and broke my wrist😅
Year 3️⃣: My first time riding her tackless! This was when I decided to fully pursue Dressage 
Year 4️⃣: One of my favorite years!  This was when I was able to take Tess on several “adventueres.” First time I had ever trailered her away from the stable.  Our first few shows and senior pictures.

    🎉 Happy Gotcha Day, my sweet Tessa girl 🎉 I know I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am now in my horse journey. Thank you for changing the way I view all of horse riding/training.
    Just a little bit of Tessa and I’s evolution over the years...
    Year 1️⃣: This was when she had a non-existent topline, quite green, and working through body problems unbeknownst to us. And me...well I was trying out the waters of horse ownership and was determined to turn Tess into an Eventing horse😂
    Year 2️⃣: My first time riding a horse in a dress for Dressember, to prove “you can do anything in a dress.” Also the year Tess bucked me off and broke my wrist😅
    Year 3️⃣: My first time riding her tackless! This was when I decided to fully pursue Dressage
    Year 4️⃣: One of my favorite years! This was when I was able to take Tess on several “adventueres.” First time I had ever trailered her away from the stable. Our first few shows and senior pictures.

    50 2 30 May, 2019
    A lesson in patience.
Most days when I ride Amigo, I do my best to be patient. To not rush the time catching, grooming and tacking up before we ride. I usually move his feet a little before we go. But in reality for him it means when he sees me, it's a single swift process, trying to beat the sunset and get a good few hours in on the trail. .
Hes often spooky, unconfident, and unwilling to lead the pack. .
Yesterday I learned a real lesson in patience. We had to meet Amigo and Mister way down in the pasture, so hopped on bareback to bring them up to the hitching rail (why walk?!). The horses were tense and nervous.
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I took this as a cue. If my boy is tense and nervous with me on his back going to the barn, we are going to have a hell of a time leaving the barn, and will probably fight each other the whole ride, as has been the case recently. I dont like fighting Amigo, he is as strong as a bull and stubborn as a mule. I have been left with bleeding, shaking hands on tough days.
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So instead, I decided to be patient.  After grooming, instead of tacking up I took him to the round pen. I talked to him, asked him to trust me. As he moved I watched him. Is he relaxing into his lope? Dropping his head? Turning his ear to me? Is he turning away or to me when we change direction? Is he willing? .
15 minutes. That's all it took. We achieved join up for the first time. I became his person. The feeling of his breath on my neck, and turning to see the look in his eyes, not strained and worried as usual, but confident, trusting and relaxed, was more thrilling than any gallop through a meadow. .
15 minutes and I had the horse of my dreams on the trail. He lead the pack, loped with confidence, and responded to every cue with desire instead of obedience. .
A lesson in patience. Take that extra time with your horse. Listen to him. Learn from him. You may be surprised by what he teaches you.
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#naturalhorsemanship #listenfirst #listen #lessonsfromhorses #listentoyourhorse #yourhorseistalkingtoyou #patience #lessons #lifelessons #takeyourtime #horsemanship #tennesseewalker #gaitedhorse #gelding #horse #horsesofinstagram #sunshineandsmiles #bareback #blackhorse #groundwork

    A lesson in patience.
    Most days when I ride Amigo, I do my best to be patient. To not rush the time catching, grooming and tacking up before we ride. I usually move his feet a little before we go. But in reality for him it means when he sees me, it's a single swift process, trying to beat the sunset and get a good few hours in on the trail. .
    Hes often spooky, unconfident, and unwilling to lead the pack. .
    Yesterday I learned a real lesson in patience. We had to meet Amigo and Mister way down in the pasture, so hopped on bareback to bring them up to the hitching rail (why walk?!). The horses were tense and nervous.
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    I took this as a cue. If my boy is tense and nervous with me on his back going to the barn, we are going to have a hell of a time leaving the barn, and will probably fight each other the whole ride, as has been the case recently. I dont like fighting Amigo, he is as strong as a bull and stubborn as a mule. I have been left with bleeding, shaking hands on tough days.
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    So instead, I decided to be patient. After grooming, instead of tacking up I took him to the round pen. I talked to him, asked him to trust me. As he moved I watched him. Is he relaxing into his lope? Dropping his head? Turning his ear to me? Is he turning away or to me when we change direction? Is he willing? .
    15 minutes. That's all it took. We achieved join up for the first time. I became his person. The feeling of his breath on my neck, and turning to see the look in his eyes, not strained and worried as usual, but confident, trusting and relaxed, was more thrilling than any gallop through a meadow. .
    15 minutes and I had the horse of my dreams on the trail. He lead the pack, loped with confidence, and responded to every cue with desire instead of obedience. .
    A lesson in patience. Take that extra time with your horse. Listen to him. Learn from him. You may be surprised by what he teaches you.
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    #naturalhorsemanship #listenfirst #listen #lessonsfromhorses #listentoyourhorse #yourhorseistalkingtoyou #patience #lessons #lifelessons #takeyourtime #horsemanship #tennesseewalker #gaitedhorse #gelding #horse #horsesofinstagram #sunshineandsmiles #bareback #blackhorse #groundwork

    42 5 27 May, 2019
    The kind of super relaxed invitation to connect the wildies respond best to. No agenda, no manipulation, no treats - just an open-hearted offer. Demonstrated perfectly for us here by Kera of MountainHorseSchool.com and Cobra 😍 If you have a child on the autism spectrum then definitely check out Kera’s offerings ❤️ #listentoyourhorse #mountainhorseschool #wildmustang #mustanghorse

    The kind of super relaxed invitation to connect the wildies respond best to. No agenda, no manipulation, no treats - just an open-hearted offer. Demonstrated perfectly for us here by Kera of MountainHorseSchool.com and Cobra 😍 If you have a child on the autism spectrum then definitely check out Kera’s offerings ❤️ #listentoyourhorse #mountainhorseschool #wildmustang #mustanghorse

    52 0 26 May, 2019
    I recently taught Cassiopeja when she snorts (I think it's called) she gets a walk break. She definitely understands what it now means but she doesn't really ask for that many breaks. Only in the beginning of a training session. It's like she wants to check if I'll still listen to her or not.
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Adding this to our training gives her more say in it. She seems to enjoy having a choice and actually work a bit harder when training. And yeah I did consider what to do if she started to use it very often. However, I pretty quickly concluded in that case I'd have to make our training more fun for her🐴❤
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The way I know she understands this is because if I don't take her in to a walk within a few steps she snorts again in a more insisting way 😂
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#horsemanship #groundwork #horsetraining #listentoyourhorse #positivereinforcement #positivehorsemanship

    I recently taught Cassiopeja when she snorts (I think it's called) she gets a walk break. She definitely understands what it now means but she doesn't really ask for that many breaks. Only in the beginning of a training session. It's like she wants to check if I'll still listen to her or not.
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    Adding this to our training gives her more say in it. She seems to enjoy having a choice and actually work a bit harder when training. And yeah I did consider what to do if she started to use it very often. However, I pretty quickly concluded in that case I'd have to make our training more fun for her🐴❤
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    The way I know she understands this is because if I don't take her in to a walk within a few steps she snorts again in a more insisting way 😂
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    #horsemanship #groundwork #horsetraining #listentoyourhorse #positivereinforcement #positivehorsemanship

    16 0 26 May, 2019
    Link in bio ➡️🐴
If you live in a rainy climate, then you already know how horses’ hooves can get infected with thrush
#listentoyourhorse

    Link in bio ➡️🐴
    If you live in a rainy climate, then you already know how horses’ hooves can get infected with thrush
    #listentoyourhorse

    20 4 24 May, 2019
    Now that I have time to go to the stable almost every day again I’m going to have to get creative with differing exercises and movements with Tessa.  I’m the type of person that wants to keep working at the same thing until it’s perfected, but that isn’t necessarily the best for Tessa.  As she’s developing these muscles, she can get overly sore if she’s not given time to recover in between workouts.  My massage therapy course supports this and recommends only doing the same movement every other day.  It’s been storming these last two weeks so trail rides haven’t been an option but I hope they will be soon😅 Tessa loves them and it’s great to break up her workouts.  For now, I either give her the entire day off or do some light groundwork or Liberty work with tricks.  It’s good to ask her to use her mind in different ways too.

    Now that I have time to go to the stable almost every day again I’m going to have to get creative with differing exercises and movements with Tessa. I’m the type of person that wants to keep working at the same thing until it’s perfected, but that isn’t necessarily the best for Tessa. As she’s developing these muscles, she can get overly sore if she’s not given time to recover in between workouts. My massage therapy course supports this and recommends only doing the same movement every other day. It’s been storming these last two weeks so trail rides haven’t been an option but I hope they will be soon😅 Tessa loves them and it’s great to break up her workouts. For now, I either give her the entire day off or do some light groundwork or Liberty work with tricks. It’s good to ask her to use her mind in different ways too.

    59 4 24 May, 2019
    She said “You can still be wild and walk the path of the ordinary. See, this is the paradox. You think ordinary and structure is domestication. However, The wild is in our blood, in your blood. It has been there for thousands of years, and it will be so for thousands more. 
We don’t think our way wild, we must feel our way back to the wild in our ordinary lives”. This” she said, “is where the extraordinary awaits us with open heart and open arms.”
~Halo. 
#animalcommunication #equuarius #linkingawareness #listentoyourhorse #intuition #soulfulentrepreneur

    She said “You can still be wild and walk the path of the ordinary. See, this is the paradox. You think ordinary and structure is domestication. However, The wild is in our blood, in your blood. It has been there for thousands of years, and it will be so for thousands more.
    We don’t think our way wild, we must feel our way back to the wild in our ordinary lives”. This” she said, “is where the extraordinary awaits us with open heart and open arms.”
    ~Halo.
    #animalcommunication #equuarius #linkingawareness #listentoyourhorse #intuition #soulfulentrepreneur

    99 12 24 May, 2019

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    Well...this is how I found Tess today and she stayed in this state of mind for the rest of our ride😂 I had planned on focusing on energy and forward motion in our ride today but she wasn’t on the same page.  So it goes when your sport takes two!

    Well...this is how I found Tess today and she stayed in this state of mind for the rest of our ride😂 I had planned on focusing on energy and forward motion in our ride today but she wasn’t on the same page. So it goes when your sport takes two!

    73 3 22 May, 2019

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    It cracks me up how much Tessa uses her nose.  She’ll track a scent all the way around the arena, just like a hound dog.  In fact...I think she uses her nose more than my own pup😂 ~

Just for reference...humans have about 5 million olfactory cells, horses have 80 million olfactory cells, and dogs have 220 million olfactory cells! It’s *crazy* to think of how developed their sense of smell is.

    It cracks me up how much Tessa uses her nose. She’ll track a scent all the way around the arena, just like a hound dog. In fact...I think she uses her nose more than my own pup😂 ~

    Just for reference...humans have about 5 million olfactory cells, horses have 80 million olfactory cells, and dogs have 220 million olfactory cells! It’s *crazy* to think of how developed their sense of smell is.

    63 3 6 April, 2019
    Something about respect 🙏⭐
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When Huracan came to me he had only little previous contact with people. He was very insecure bc the humans were doing strange things, e.g. brushing and touching him. I knew that he didn't really enjoy to be brushed and I never found a spot where he would like to be scratched. I thought that maybe that's just how he is because I never saw him scratch with another horse either.
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When being tied he had this habit of biting into the wood. I thought it was because of his teeth or he's in oral phase. Many people told my to punish my horse bc you *wouldn't want* him to do this. But I never did.
When being brushed he often showed me the spots where didn't want to be touched. And he was very clear with that, he put his ears on and attempted to bite. I was told to hit my horse for this bc it is *disrespectful behavior*. But I did only one time when he bit me in the ear because I was so shocked that I hit him. I'm not proud of it and it wasn't really my intention to do so.
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It took me a long time to realize why my horse was acting like that. Some day he started shaking his head when I tried to brush him. I thought it must be coincidence or maybe there was something in his ears. But he did it every time! And it wasn't until then that I realized: my horses doesn't want to be brushed.
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This happened about a year ago and today I don't brush him anymore. Huracan now actually loves to be scratched. He stopped biting the wood. Sometimes he still looks at me like: Human what are you doing? You are supposed to give me treats! 😂
Why am I telling you this story? Bc every behavior your horse is showing has a reason. Instead of punishing your horse because it is *disrespectful* first ask yourself:  WHY does my horse do this? In this case the only one being disrespectful was ME. It was my own fault that my horse bit me bc I wasn't listening and he felt the only way to tell me was to escalate! Thank god he found another way to speak to me. 🙏
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Respect is not something that can be taught. Not something you demand. It is about appreciation. So first, listen to your horse and then you may answer in the most respectful and loving way you can imagine. ❤

    Something about respect 🙏⭐
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    When Huracan came to me he had only little previous contact with people. He was very insecure bc the humans were doing strange things, e.g. brushing and touching him. I knew that he didn't really enjoy to be brushed and I never found a spot where he would like to be scratched. I thought that maybe that's just how he is because I never saw him scratch with another horse either.
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    When being tied he had this habit of biting into the wood. I thought it was because of his teeth or he's in oral phase. Many people told my to punish my horse bc you *wouldn't want* him to do this. But I never did.
    When being brushed he often showed me the spots where didn't want to be touched. And he was very clear with that, he put his ears on and attempted to bite. I was told to hit my horse for this bc it is *disrespectful behavior*. But I did only one time when he bit me in the ear because I was so shocked that I hit him. I'm not proud of it and it wasn't really my intention to do so.
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    It took me a long time to realize why my horse was acting like that. Some day he started shaking his head when I tried to brush him. I thought it must be coincidence or maybe there was something in his ears. But he did it every time! And it wasn't until then that I realized: my horses doesn't want to be brushed.
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    This happened about a year ago and today I don't brush him anymore. Huracan now actually loves to be scratched. He stopped biting the wood. Sometimes he still looks at me like: Human what are you doing? You are supposed to give me treats! 😂
    Why am I telling you this story? Bc every behavior your horse is showing has a reason. Instead of punishing your horse because it is *disrespectful* first ask yourself: WHY does my horse do this? In this case the only one being disrespectful was ME. It was my own fault that my horse bit me bc I wasn't listening and he felt the only way to tell me was to escalate! Thank god he found another way to speak to me. 🙏
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    Respect is not something that can be taught. Not something you demand. It is about appreciation. So first, listen to your horse and then you may answer in the most respectful and loving way you can imagine. ❤

    117 13 8 October, 2018
    Manchmal muss man zuhören um zu verstehen 🐎♥️
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    Manchmal muss man zuhören um zu verstehen 🐎♥️
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    1,381 12 9 October, 2018

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    One video...broken up into 3 parts for Instagram.  I didn’t get it on video, but yesterday Tessa started trotting after the bag and I think there was almost a canter stride. She’s so smart but I have to be careful not to rush it. After all, she’s only done this a handful of times!  Honestly I was surprised how quickly from viewing a plastic bag as a monster to a plaything. The wonders of positive reinforcement🤷🏻‍♀️ So proud how she willingly participates even with food available right next to her.  We went through a hard stretch and I’m sure they’ll be times we have to backtrack, but I’m just going to be thankful and enjoy these moments❤️

    One video...broken up into 3 parts for Instagram. I didn’t get it on video, but yesterday Tessa started trotting after the bag and I think there was almost a canter stride. She’s so smart but I have to be careful not to rush it. After all, she’s only done this a handful of times! Honestly I was surprised how quickly from viewing a plastic bag as a monster to a plaything. The wonders of positive reinforcement🤷🏻‍♀️ So proud how she willingly participates even with food available right next to her. We went through a hard stretch and I’m sure they’ll be times we have to backtrack, but I’m just going to be thankful and enjoy these moments❤️

    56 10 30 November, 2018
    Adventuring with Tessa❤️ Meant to post this last week but forgot...I’m very proud of how well she listened in a new environment and loved watching her explore sights and smells.  She even trotted up the hill of her own accord and, while I wouldn’t mind seeing more relaxation, was a decent trot.
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Today Tessa had a breakthrough with her hindquarter targeting! She lowered her head while swinging her hindquarters around instead of going ewe-necked on me.  Also transitioning some forward movement into it.  She was very relaxed matching my pace in the paddock today: speed walk, crawling walk, and backing up.  I’d like to add some trotting soon but I want her to be relaxed with it.

    Adventuring with Tessa❤️ Meant to post this last week but forgot...I’m very proud of how well she listened in a new environment and loved watching her explore sights and smells. She even trotted up the hill of her own accord and, while I wouldn’t mind seeing more relaxation, was a decent trot.
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    Today Tessa had a breakthrough with her hindquarter targeting! She lowered her head while swinging her hindquarters around instead of going ewe-necked on me. Also transitioning some forward movement into it. She was very relaxed matching my pace in the paddock today: speed walk, crawling walk, and backing up. I’d like to add some trotting soon but I want her to be relaxed with it.

    87 1 2 March, 2019