Tag: horse behavior

Thoughts about Respect and Horse Training

There is a lot of talk about RESPECT in the horse world. Mainly, that the horse needs to respect the human. For many, respect is the magic ingredient that makes everything else possible. If you have the horse’s respect, then communication and training comes…

Must Be Love

My horse Nazir has a girl friend. Ever since Walia, a beautiful brown mare, has joined the group of horses in the paddock paradise in May, she and Nazir are inseparable. They do everything together: grazing very close to each other, exploring the forest,…

When a horse decides to give you his best

About two months ago, I started to notice that something was different in my training with Weto. At first I didn’t know what it was, only that I stopped every training session with a grin on my face. Then one day on the way…

“The horse has to work!”

The horse has to work is a sentence I seem to come across frequently, on Facebook just as much as in life. What is the actual meaning behind this sentence?   Let’s have a look in which context(s) riders and trainers use The horse…

Magic Moment in the Sun

Today, for the first time, Nazir let me sit beside him while he was lying down. So amazing! I should mention that I never see him lie on the paddock or in his box, and he never rolls when I’m standing close by. Which…

Do Horses Have a Sense of Humour?

  When I cleaned one of the paddocks yesterday, my horse stood some 20 meters behind me and snoozed. Suddenly, something poked my right shoulder. I turned to the right and didn’t see anything. I looked to the left, and there stood Nazir. Not only…

Stretching Forward-Down: A Little Exercise with Big Effects

Stretching forward-down is probably one of the easiest and yet most useful exercises in horse training. The little exercise produces great results and can provide a good starting point for a human-equine relationship based on mutual trust, politeness, and cooperation. Most of us have…

Why Horses are the Better Friends

Horse friendships are about sharing the present moment and giving each other comfort, regardless of size, colour, and breed. If we were able to learn from them and let go of our prejudices and preconceptions, we would find true friendships where we would not…

Letting Go (Stable Zen Part 3)

Do you know the feeling when suddenly something changed in the relationship between you and your horse for the better and it’s hard to put into words? I’m just beginning to realize how much the last three months have changed things between me and Nazir….

Suddenly, the Horse Said “Yes”

Last two days, something remarkable has happened with Nazir: he suddenly said “yes”. Let me explain… When I got Nazir, he wasn’t really motivated to do anything except eating. Didn’t like lunging, groundwork, riding. Mostly, it was really hard to motivate him to do anything…

Herd Dynamics, Hierarchy and Behavior

Originally posted on Considering The Horse.:
Our friends at The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue in East Texas recently took these photos. The horse on the right has never had an opportunity to interact with other horses. This series of photos show the gelding’s first…

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