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My favourite horsemanship blogs

There is so much advice available online that its sometimes hard to know who to follow. I subscribe to quite a few blogs and these are some of my favourites for working ‘with’ horses using methods that are generally positive and considerate of the horse’s needs and feelings. To get off to the best start with your […]

How to use slow feed hay nets for horses

By Cynthia Cooper Have you ever wondered if there’s a better way to use slow feed hay nets? There are so many options, choices and methods to consider that will keep your nets from being torn, lost, rolled under a fence, drowned in the mud or buried in sand! Different ways of using slow feed hay […]

How to care for your leather bridle and saddle

Care for your leather tack and it will last for many years, and stay safe.

There are three basic products that help to maintain leather tack in good order.   These are saddle soap, cream conditioner and oil. I recommend Oakwood products because every saddler and leather worker I’ve asked, say they are the best. I’ve also used them personally and am very happy with the results. The following leather care instructions are by Rick […]

Horse Behaviour Linked to Poor Nutrition

By Cynthia Cooper. Natural nutrition must be our first priority for keeping a horse healthy, both physically and mentally. Many health issues can be attributed to poor nutrition and that includes behavioural problems. Back in the days when I was instructing full time, I used to think ‘training’ could solve almost all issues. Then I realised […]

How do you approach your horse training?

I have just read a book by notable dog trainer, Harrison Forbes called ‘Dog Talk‘, and I liked his perspective on training methods so much I wanted to share it. In quoting Harrison – I’ve put ‘horse’ in brackets to help you visualise better. “Instead of watching their dogs (horses), I find people are watching a […]

Differences between CAT & Advance-Retreat

What is the difference between CAT (Constructional Approach Training) and Advance-Retreat? By Laurel Gordon with photos and captions by Lynn Scott.  In any comparison between Advance/Retreat (A/R) and CAT, the first thing is that in CAT the horse sets the threshold, not the human. It allows the animal to control the proximity of the aversive […]

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