Could hiding your mistakes be the biggest mistake of all?

If there’s one thing I see people doing that stops them making the progress they want with their horses it’s trying to hide their mistakes. And that could be a big mistake that’s holding you back too. In fact, you probably don’t even realise that you’re doing it – because hiding your mistakes is actually […]

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Why oh why won’t you just do what I want?

Chloe – a horse who needed help to develop a nice topline

There was a meme going around on social media the other day that caught my eye. It went something like this: Other people’s horses: “Oh, is that your inside leg and outside rein? OK, I’ll just start collecting myself and getting into a nice frame for you and working on my topline. No worries, you […]

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Still hands are good hands, right?

Jo riding an unschooled horse in a natural position

Well, yes… and no! As is often the case with riding, it depends. As something to work towards, then yes, hands that appear to be still can be a sign of a well schooled horse and a skilful rider. But if you want a happy horse who enjoys being ridden throughout his career, how your […]

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Deepening connections…

There’s some old horse wisdom that says, “it’s not how you are with horses, it’s how you are…”. It’s an idea that has been around for a long time. Back in the 16th Century, Antoine de Pluvinel (tutor to King Louis XIII of France) recognised how learning to work well with horses through empathy and […]

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Opportunity knocks (but rarely more than once!)

I’ve been thinking about opportunities this week. Back in 1995, shortly after Jo and I moved to Switzerland, we set about the task of getting ourselves connected to the (then brand new) internet.

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