Conditioning the Pasture Pet

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

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Cooper the Grouch

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