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The SENSE Method: Improving Equine Movement and Well-Being

Posted on May 4, 2011

Most of us know how our touch influences horses. We use a soft, rhythmic stroke to reassure an anxious horse, while a leg aid can stimulate impulsion. In each of these scenarios, the horse’s attention is focused on the associations (either pleasant or unpleasant) that the touch elicits. A horse that has learned to trust Continue Reading »

Calming a Nervous, Irritable Arabian Mare

Posted on May 4, 2011

The voice on the phone sounded desperate. “I really want to bond with my horse” the caller said, “but I don’t think she likes me – let alone loves me. When I try to groom her, she threatens me with her teeth or hooves. I know I have to be the alpha, so I hit Continue Reading »

Improving a Horse’s Ability to Hold Up His Legs for Hoof Trimming

Posted on May 4, 2011

“Damn it! Just give me your leg!” Hearing these harsh words, I snapped my head around. Just as I suspected, a farrier was holding onto the hind hoof of a horse who was trying to break free of the man’s grasp. The farrier, Joe*, had been patient with the big chestnut Warmblood. But Joe’s patience Continue Reading »

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