Conditioning is a major part of the horse’s skill training regime, which is usually what I talk about here. An understanding of how muscles work is essential to being able to train and use a horse without causing injury. This is a summary of basic, necessary, scientific information. Continue reading
Lazy, pushy, ill-mannered, stubborn, dumb, crafty, forward, dominant, alpha, moody, sassy, difficult and rebellious—all of these words are regularly used to describe horses with exactly the same problem.
The horse had seemed peaceful a moment before, looking intently over the fence, but suddenly it reared and was spinning away right towards its handler. Continue reading
Cooper swung his head back and forth as he approached his stall door, ears pinned flat against his neck and nostrils wrinkled back, showing a little bit of his teeth. His behaviour was directed at a young woman approaching his stall door, halter in hand. He had never seen her before, but that didn’t matter. He was impartial; he treated all humans the same. He didn’t have to be hurt a hundred times to realize that all humans were nasty creatures. Continue reading