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In the past few months the Horses and Humans group on Facebook has been inundated with posts advertising the perfect training fix for humans who have problems relating their horse. They have promised answers to all of the relationship issues that we lesser mortals encounter with horses … in return for a fee, of course. Whether unfortunately or not, I have had to delete them all because they did not comply with the group’s advertising policy. I had all but forgotten those promises of the perfect horse-human relationship when yesterday morning an incident occurred with one of our mares which left me feeling absolutely shattered and wondering whether I should not consider attending one of those courses promising the perfect horse-human relationship. Continue Reading »

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It is not often that I stumble upon a book about horses which captures my interest and it is even less frequently that reading such a book resonates with me, while it is absolutely rare for me to feel a need to recommend it to as many humans possible. Yet it is just such a book that I have recently discovered, read and returned to in order to study, review and recommend it.

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Much, if not most of the time that we humans spend interacting with our horse is devoted to behaviourist training, such as habituation, or positive or negative reinforcement. How many of us are aware that behaviourist training is not only exceedingly limited but also even destructive? Continue Reading »

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25 July is The Equine Touch day, and yesterday it marked 21 years since this marvellous equine bodywork modality started to develop into what it has become. It was also a day which heralded the start of an Equine Touch awareness week and an opportunity to reflect on visions and achievements. As part of this process, I reread an interview with Jock Ruddock, the founder of The Equine Touch, published in Natural Horse Magazine in 2007, in which he was asked where he saw Equine Touch going over the next ten years. This was his reply. Continue Reading »

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Horse and HumanIt is in a state of total awareness that we are open to one of the greatest, relatively unexplored and largely undeveloped gifts that we have at our disposal. I am referring to our ability to sense energy, our own and that of others, to influence and be influenced by other sources of energy, especially those of living creatures such as the horse, and to do all of this consciously and intuitively. Continue Reading »

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