Returning to Riding. Part 1, Training Harry

I had not ridden regularly for many years, but took up riding again recently.  In early 2013 I bought Harry; an un-backed 15 hh chestnut Crabbett Arab gelding.  Harry’s registered name is Magic Magnet, by Ibn Silver out of Bint Magnetta; born 1st June 2009.  He lives out with a rescue pony, Dobbin; neither is […]

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Ban on Stabling Horses in the Netherlands

This article was first published by Sabots Libres: Ban on Stabling Horses in the Netherlands In a public ordnance dated 5 June 2014, published in “Het Staatsblad van het Koninkrijk de Nederlanden” issue 210, year 2014, is a clearly defined ban on the keeping of horse in stables or boxes. Specifically: Article 1.6 The Keeping […]

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On the Right Foot

This article was originally published on the Sabots Libres website We live in a world of almost endless possibilities. The internet has given us access to information in a way that only twenty years ago was impossible. Vast libraries of books have found their way onto the electronic highway and although not always absolute in […]

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Controversial Issue: Fritz Stahlecker and the rottenness of the dressage scene

“ One thing cannot be acceptable only because it is accepted by many ” Fritz Stahlecker, horse trainer and author of several books and articles  developed with his hand-saddle-hand method (in short: HSH method) a stress-free and non-violent training for horses. In his latest book ” Horses my students my teachers ” he critically analysis the […]

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Transhumance – Learning from Nature

For the past few years, once a year, I have taken part in a Transhumance. The dictionary defines transhumance very simply as the action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer For me it is four (autumn) or six […]

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We’re onTwitter

Keeping up with the times, The Equine Independent is now on Twitter. You can follow us on @equindependent (the full name was too long, even without “the”!) You can also hashtag equind if you have any comments related to us (TEI is about elephants…)

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Pony Access – by Simon Mulholland

Pony Access is the end result of a random visit I made to the St. Pauls Trust City Farm in Balsall Heath, Birmingham back in 2006 ish. I went to demonstrate my safe pony drawn vehicle, the Saddlechariot system, with Henry the pony, for potential inner city farm use. I wasn’t convinced it would work […]

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Time for Behaviour – by Suzanne Rogers

In my work as an equine behaviourist one of the main concerns of my clients and potential clients is how long it will take for a problem to be resolved and how much time will they need to invest to solve the problem. Both concerns are of course completely valid and it is important that […]

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“Laying a Pavement” – a personal view of horse training by Anouk Wiertz

As I was sitting outside this morning, enjoying the sun, I watched two workers relaying a pavement. After a while I realised there are many similarities between laying down a pavement and training a horse. Every tile is part of the whole, if you leave one out there will forever be a hole, disrupting the […]

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