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Today I celebrate the fifth anniversary of one of the most special moments in my life, the day when my mare, Pip, formally entered into my life. And as I celebrate that moment and the joy which I have been privileged to experience with this horse, I reflect on some of the lessons that she has taught me and the immense gratitude I feel for daring to learn them. Because these lessons have so greatly enriched my life, I would like to share them with anyone who cares enough for their horse to dare to do the same. Continue Reading »

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farinellimartin-connection1If you are a very ordinary horse person just as I am and your goal is to achieve a magical connection with your horse, one that will see your equine friend actively seeking to be with you while at absolute liberty to leave you to eat, drink or do anything other than be with you, what would you do if I were to tell you that all your current attempts to do so are likely to be futile? What if I were to tell you that you are probably wasting your time, your energy, your money? What if I were to tell you that, even if you do manage enough liberty work together with your horse to merit a short video worth sharing with the world through YouTube or Facebook, it is likely to be built on a foundation of sand which will in all probability be washed away the moment that you abandon the tools which have helped you achieve that, be it a whip, rope, clicker-trained cue or anything else? But what if I were to tell you that it is possible to establish a firm basis for true liberty play with your horse without relying on any tools, preconditioned behaviour triggers, conventional pressure and release methods, “natural horsemanship” join-up or similar techniques, indeed, without even asking or encouraging your horse to accompany you? Would you be interested in finding out how? Continue Reading »

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esperanza-liberation-500She 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 on what she reads into it. Moments later she edges towards it again, half a step forward, then snakes her neck slowly forward, her muzzle stretching towards my knuckles. Abruptly she pulls away again, steps back, raises her chest and neck, and locks eyes with me. Then with elevated head she parts her lips slightly and lunges forward, stops, draws back, and lunges forward again, and again. Continue Reading »

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being-500Have you ever experienced it? You and your horse are walking side-by-side. It may be on a forest path, a hill track, anywhere. Your horse’s breath is raspy and warm against your forearm in the cool of the morning, comforting almost. You relax into an even stride. The four-beat rhythm of the hooves scuffing the dirt next to you hold your attention. You try and identify each foot as it hits the ground. It occurs to you that the rhythm of your stride is beginning to match that of your horse. And then it does. A bird calls in the distance. You smile. Why not quicken the pace? You thrust the base of your pelvis forward slightly and feel the energy course through your loins. Your horse responds. Now let us try to slow down. So you drop your energy and your equine friend slows as well. But what if you were to run? You feel the energy build up in your body as you prepare to do so. And suddenly your horse breaks into a trot well ahead of you. You almost halt in amazement but instinctively follow in a celebration of the power of shared being. Continue Reading »

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p+trim+herd-500Can you recall the last time you were involved in a heated discussion about horses? Do you remember how insistent and emphatic you became, perhaps impatient or even incensed? You were so focused and intent on making your point, were you not? Perhaps your eyes were flashing, your hands clenched and your lips trembling. And just maybe even now you may shake your head and wonder how on earth the other person could not see and understand the simple logic of what you were trying to say at the time. Can you recollect what the topic was? It must have been important and, if it was, the chances are that it was one of those issues concerning horses which seem to erect barriers even between humans who share a deep, sincere commitment to their well-being. So what are some of these issues and are they really about the horse? Continue Reading »

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