Sara Jackson from Equestrian Balance joins me as this month’s guest speaker to share three ways to build your horse’s trust in you. Her main goal is to help you and your horse build the partnership you are dreaming of using clear communication and cooperation.
Earlier this year, I had to move my mare, Lucy, to a new agistment centre. This is NOT a decision I made lightly. A horse’s herd is their family, and their environment is their home. Changes within the herd or a move to a new environment can create a sense of loss and sadness.
Mares have the most magical power within them. They’ll teach us some incredible lessons if we are willing to learn. When a mare is truly seen and allowed to be unapologetically herself, she is fully in her power, and the magic that unfolds is unmatched by anything else on earth.
In November 2020 we were joined by the wonderful Susan Tenney from Elemental Acupressure based in America. During our chat we got to learn about acupoints for horse’s experiencing hormonal issues such as PPID and mares who struggle with their cycles.
Herbs such as Chaste Tree Berry are well known for supporting horses with issues such as PPID and ‘Moody Mares’ behaviours. This herb stimulates the pituitary gland and helps to balance the endocrine functions. Chaste Tree Berry is known for it’s actions of being a hormonal balancer and an anaphrodisiac, meaning it also helps to reduce sexual excitement.
How many times have you been advised to hum a tune or sing a song if you become anxious when riding your horse? Using Rhythm Beads can help to lower blood pressure and slow your breathing, not just for you but for your horse as well.
One of the many reasons I love to use reward-based training is that I want Lucy to be as calm as possible when introducing new concepts. I want her to feel like she is always succeeding, more importantly, that she always has a choice. So I thought I would share my journey into Reward Based Training.