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Often when we refer to trust in relation to horses, we treat it as a one-way street from the human to the horse. How often have we not heard that the horse needs to learn to trust the human? Part of the truth, as Pip has taught me, is that a horse does not need […]

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She draws back, steps away. Peering from the top of the worn, weathered slope of her brown face, her eyes are drawn to the hand resting on the high, curved, ochre wall. Her hesitant gaze reveals her doubt. It is a dual-ended magnet to her this hand of mine, either attracting or repelling her depending […]

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There she is standing tall and strong on the stone-strewn sand of the paddock but with a spring in her stance, much like an athlete poised on the balls of her feet, ready to surge forward whenever need or fancy might spur her to do so. Her liver-chestnut coat is sleek and shining dark along […]

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Here in the Netherlands we are currently blessed with a warm, sunny start to the autumn. As the trees begin to burn bronze at the edge and the first leaves parachute to the ground, the acorns and chestnuts are dropping while the season’s mushrooms and toadstools are springing up in their shade in time for […]

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It was a bit of a toss-up, determining where to start on the question of riding. My instinct tells me that Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling is right: you start with the human and not the horse, for ultimately it is the human that needs to change and to rediscover what it is to be human if […]

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