10 ways to remove sarcoids – and I hope one of them works!

By , July 28, 2015 12:23 pm

My poor horse has got a sarcoid on the inside of his off hind pastern. He’s 13 years old and this is the first one he’s got. I’m planning to keep a diary with pics of how I’m treating it in the hope its useful and I can figure out how to remove it. It’s like a round protruding warty bump. It’s not in a good place as he can hit it with his other hind leg, which is not good at all as you’re not supposed to disturb them as they can spread if you do.

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The one piece of tack I changed which dramatically transformed my riding posture

By , July 4, 2015 10:03 am

After a number of cowboy Irish saddle fitters sold me a saddle that didn’t fit my horse and made him sore, or checked an existing saddle I had and confirmed it was fine (and it also made my horse sore!) I’ve temporarily given up riding with saddles. I’m not riding in anything that hurts or pinches my horse.

But what to do in the meantime?

Isi Brenner, the wonderful horse trainer who came over from Germany to teach this May, suggested I could try a bareback pad from a German brand called Grandeur. Continue reading 'The one piece of tack I changed which dramatically transformed my riding posture'»

“Don’t reward when he’s trying to take over” – Ozzie notes from Steve Halfpenny June 2015

By , July 2, 2015 12:01 pm

Day 1 – Ozzie lessons with Steve Halfpenny – “Don’t reward when he’s trying to take over”

STATE OF MIND OF HORSE: Opinionated, worried, fed up at times!

We had a great day 1 in Tipperary with Steve. I didn’t get a chance to write up everyones sessions, but here’s what I learned to help Ozzie and me get better. Oz has two starting places. We have “calm and half asleep Ozzie”. He is normally like this at home. And we also have “full of energy, worried and wants to take over”. He’s like this sometimes at home (maybe 1/25 times), more so in the winter months when he’s fed up with the weather and annoyed in general. Today we started with energy, worried and distraction. This was actually great as I need help and practise to get him back to a more managable mindset & emotional state.

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PART 5: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015 & quotes

By , June 25, 2015 12:41 pm

Buck Day 3 AM – H1 GROUP

– Don’t let horse stop unexpectedly, catch it before it happens. Keep the horse in my rectangle.
– Don’t grip your legs like a bird on a fence rail.
– Halt – walk, this is position 3 to Position 2, with slight leg energy.

“The further up the leg your aid occurs, the more sophisticated the rider.
The further down the leg your aid occurs, the more crude the rider.”

Buck describes normal riders….. “When you ask you do too much. When you demand you do too little. Other than that you’re fine.” Then he smiled. Continue reading 'PART 5: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015 & quotes'»

PART 4: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015

By , June 24, 2015 10:14 am

BUCK DAY 2 UK – Day 2 AM Buck – H1 GROUP

– Soft feel in walk. Both directions.
– Soft feel in trot. Change of direction with soft feel.
– Back up in circles, front leg goes behind.
– Forequarter yield, front leg goes in front.

How To Help Herd Bound Horses

– In a safe enclosed area with high fence, don’t use your reins at all.
– Have the other horse down at one end of the arena.
– When your horse decides they want to be near the other horse, let them go over but trot and lope near the other horse. Continue reading 'PART 4: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015'»

PART 3: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015

By , June 23, 2015 1:27 pm

Buck Day 1 AFTERNOON (second bunch of horses)

– Circle on ground
– Imaginary box is drawn all around your horse. The box shouldn’t be the size of the arena! It should just fit around your horses body.
– Center of this rectangle / imaginary box is the safest place for horse
– People think everything is going perfect because you aren’t noticing and observing enough. Then your horse spooks sideways. Continue reading 'PART 3: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015'»

PART 2: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015

By , June 22, 2015 12:34 pm

This is a short report of some of the exercises that were done by Buck in the 3 days. If anything doesn’t sound quite right its 100% my fault :) I’ve kept this as brief as possible as Buck went through a lot. This is DAY 1 MORNING with the H1 CLASS.

Buck Day 1: 24 horses in the morning

Groundwork

Get horse used to being touched by flag and then flag him with energy while at a halt.
Do the same when the horse is walking – look for areas which you touch that cause him worry and fix them up on the ground before you get into the saddle. Continue reading 'PART 2: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015'»

PART 1: 18 Exercises from Buck you can practise today!

By , June 16, 2015 10:50 pm

I’m just back from 3 days at the Buck clinic in Aintree Racecourse. This was an incredible clinic. The venue was beautiful, the organisation amazing (over 1000 people!) and Buck shared so much information in bite sized chunks and took away so much value & things to practise from the weekend.

It was lovely as well to meet great old friends and wonderful new friends. Being in a room of 1000+ horse people who all wanted to do their best for their horses and wanted to learn more about horsemanship, was so nice.

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What are your criteria for measuring the quality of your relationship with a horse?

By , June 6, 2015 11:04 am

I saw this post on facebook by Ross Jacobs had I had to write it here so I wouldn’t lose it. Its so powerful.

What are your criteria for measuring the quality of your relationship with a horse? How do you know?
I hear and read so many people describe themselves as having a good relationship with their horse. But I never know for sure what they mean.

Generally, claims of a good relationship with a horse come from looking at it from the human perspective. But a relationship has two or more interested parties. A relationship cannot be judged from just how one party sees it. A marriage cannot be judged as good or bad just from asking one partner if they are happy or not. It can only be judged when the views of all the parties are considered. Continue reading 'What are your criteria for measuring the quality of your relationship with a horse?'»

15 things I learned yesterday from Leslie Desmond

By , May 28, 2015 4:15 pm

Yesterday I went up to Meath to watch Leslie Desmond teach. She co-wrote the Bill Dorrance book. Here is what I wrote down in my notepad.

– Most horses are turned to the left with the right hip hanging back. This is because we mainly handle them on the near side. Leslie uses halters that knot on the off side.

– The back of the rope halter should be behind the jawbone.

– Don’t stand in front of your horse or beside your horses head. Your whole body being so close to his eye and face is uncomfortable for the horse. Stand back by the stirrup and give your horse some room. You can also do something useful then by scratching his rump while you’re there. Continue reading '15 things I learned yesterday from Leslie Desmond'»

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