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Category: Classical Equitation


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Straight & Supple Training: Half Pass The Modern Way!

The Half Pass The Half Pass is when the horse moves diagonally forwards with a small amount of flexion towards the direction they’re travelling. The forehand can be very slightly ahead of the hindquarters. The purpose of this exercise in … Continue reading

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Foundations Through To Advanced Training Concepts with The Academy

My personal training journey has been expanding into more advanced areas over the last while as my young horse’s education has been developing. One of these areas is what Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training, calls ‘Concept Training’. … Continue reading

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Two leading positive trainers…one 2-day clinic in July!

Bookings are now open for this clinic with Helen Spence and I on 4th & 5th July. Helen is one of the very few trainers that I personally recommend and would happily hand my own horses over to. She is … Continue reading

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Create a Supple, Balanced, Willing and Responsive Riding Partner

Inside the Academy of Positive Horsemanship, you can learn a clear, science-based positive training approach for both you and your horse. Ultimately, this results in mutual understanding and relationships based on trust. That trust and communication that you will both … Continue reading

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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I am sure everyone is busy with last minute wrapping and organising for tomorrow’s festivities. However, in a day or two from now we will wonder what all the fuss was about, because ultimately Christmas is all about being close … Continue reading

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The Art of Sculpting your Horse’s Behaviour – Shaping

  Shaping behaviour is the gradual sculpting of a specific behaviour whose very early beginnings arise out of the large pool of behaviours that occur naturally in the animal. It involves changing behaviour by reinforcing variations which are approximations towards the … Continue reading

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Positive Reinforcement to Improve Dressage Scores

Can you use positive reinforcement under saddle to help improve your dressage scores? You might be wondering how on earth you move your reward based training that you’ve been doing from the ground to ridden? Or perhaps you’ve not even … Continue reading

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No Trademarks, No Intellectual Property Rights – Force-free training is NOT a Training Method!

I really struggle to get across the gravitas of this concept to others, I think perhaps because for so many people, their quest for finding a ‘horsemanship’ style that suits them and their horse has resulted in a journey exploring many different horsemanship methods. … Continue reading

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Aversives, Evasions & Emotions…

  “Leaning on the rein, pulling through the rein, dropping behind the bit by bringing their heads towards their chest or even raising their heads up and hollowing. These are all termed evasions in the traditional horse world. Those evasions … Continue reading

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The Academy is COMING SOON!

The Academy of Positive Horsemanship with Jo Hughes is COMING SOON! You won’t want to miss out on our fantastic launch offers which will only be available to those individuals who have joined our mailing list. You can get yourself … Continue reading

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