Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part Three

The final instalment in a series of threeLast week, we looked at horse centricity and making life better.This week we round off with making the change and looking at where the problems lie. Making the change Maybe you are already well established in a good horse-human relationship. Maybe you feel the relationship between you and […]

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Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part Two

an article in instalments. Part Three will be published on 15 July.Last week, we finished by discussing dogma-driven, ego-driven and horse-centric. The dogma-driven rider is the one who, often under peer-pressure, resorts to the age old (mis-)conceptions of the horse in the traditional riding-world. The thoughts are with the horse, only tradition has put misguided […]

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Human ⥈ Horse : the balance : Part One

an article in instalments. Part Two will be published on 7 July. For most of us, confinement is behind us, albeit there are still restrictions in place for many. It has been a complicated time, probably because of its simplicity and lack of choices — stay in; don’t mingle; keep your distance.   Right at […]

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Another Self-help Video – Further Hoof Care

Our friends at Sabots Libres have published another self-help video, this time dealing with more advanced hoof maintenance. See the video here

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Self-help hoof care – a short video

Sabots Libres (sabots-libres.eu) has just published a short self-help video on caring for your horses’ hoofs in the absence of your regular hoof care specialist during the current coronavirus lockdown now in place in many countries. Click here to see the video…

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Coronavirus and the Horse

For many of us, it is a trying time and, with more and more countries implementing a lock-down, a complicated one. Equestrian centres are closed and, in many cases, even owners are being turned away from visiting their horses. A time to reflect on the welfare of the incarcerated horse… A great many owners consider […]

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Ten Years ‘The Equine Independent’

The First Ten Years… 6 January 2010: The Equine Independent publishes her first article Behaviour Based Horse Management – A Blueprint for the 21st Century, By Andy Beck. This was followed rapidly —on the same day— by two more articles, Positive reinforcement in Practice – Including interviews with Ben Hart, Becky Holden, Alexandra Kurland and […]

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Snorting Horses

To those of us most involved in the true well-being of our equine friends, these findings will not come as a surprise but a recent French study of snorting in horses shows that the horse living in a relaxed environment produces far more snorts that one in a stressful situation. And, also not surprisingly, the […]

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Deshoeing and is it necessary to boot?

Yesterday, I spoke to the owner of a twelve year-old horse, shod for at least the past six years. She asked me particularly about the transition to barefoot (the conviction is there but the uncertainties about how and when remain…). I won’t go into all the implications of transition here – suffice to say that […]

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