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The California Vaquero Style

The California Vaquero Style

This article has been inspired by the work of California Classics. Dorothy Rogers and Aaron Winchell are handcrafting beautiful bosals in the long...

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Resolve to love your horse

Resolve to love your horse

Lately, I have been asked the question: "Do you really reward your horse all the time?" It might sound like the answer is obvious, but I think it...

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Every situation is an opportunity for education

Every situation is an opportunity for education

The other day, I was preparing pancakes and my son came with a question: "why do you add baking powder?", and here I go for a casual lesson about...

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Why is physical punishment to a horse never acceptable? / quote

The reason why punishment is not useful is because it’s late, it’s badly timed. And a horse does not understand it. To them it is just being hurt for no reason.

7 Clinics, Betty Staley

Betty Staley talks about punishment very well in this series of DVDs and I can not help but convey her words of wisdom.

Punishment, such as hitting the horse with your hand, your whip or your spurs, is just a completely useless act. Ultimately, such behavior can put you at risk and you obtain a result that is opposite to what you look for.

We should always keep in mind that horses have a very strong sense of self-preservation which, combined to a remarkable memory, will teach them very quickly to be afraid of humans if approached and worked with this punishment method.

Betty Staley is a horsewoman promoting a gentle approach to horses
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Remain in control of your horse

Remain in control of your horse

To be a good leader, a horse ought to remain in control of the situation all the time. In most mammal gatherings, old leaders lose their status the...

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Horses minds are jigsaw puzzles / quote

Problem horses are failed puzzles
Natural Horsemanship is a way to complete gently the puzzle of horse's mind

This is our responsibility to make sure that we did not tear or lose a piece of the puzzle.

Wild horses have left European plains and 99.9% of our horses have been bred in farms, handled as weanlings, started between their second to fourth birthdays, and sold to private owners, professional stables or riding schools.
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Horsemanship is a full-time job

Horsemanship is a full-time job

Definition of "horsemanship" is: the art or practice of riding on horseback. I think horsemanship is much more and can not be limited to the time...

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Good horsemanship consists of principles

Good horsemanship consists of principles

Horsemanship can not be limited to a method or specific exercises, as all horses are different individuals and may react differently to the same...

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Horsemanship, philosophy and way of life…

Horsemanship, philosophy and way of life…

I have mentioned in the introduction to my program that: "You will have to question yourself, your way of life, your relationship to others, the...

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