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Category: Young Horse Training


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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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Systematic Desensitisation & Counter Conditioning (SD&CC)

Weather can have an adverse effect on our horses, especially when we are training with potentially threatening stimuli. Windy weather causes them to be generally more hypervigilent and therefore ultimately more anxious and reactive as a result of their vision … Continue reading

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REINFORCE YOUR HORSE!

I place HUGE emphasis and focus on touch acceptance within my programme both inside The Academy as well as in my one to one coaching. Here’s why… Many horses don’t actually enjoy being touched or scratched by humans due to … Continue reading

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Control is a Primary Reinforcer

I think one of the most wonderful outcomes of training with appetitives and positive reinforcement is the sense of empowerment it gives the learner. As Dr Susan Friedman explains – control over our environment is a primary reinforcer, and giving the animal … Continue reading

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Affiliative Social Bonds & Trust

Horses are prey animals, their flight instinct hardwired in them. To flee is their first line of defence to ensure survival against potential threats and predators. However, they do need to lie down flat to gain their required REM (dream) … Continue reading

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Clicker Training = Magic Method…Yes or No or a bit of Both?

  So you’ve read some articles and blogs on the Internet about Clicker Training and it really is sounding like the most incredible way to teach your horse what you’d like him to do! You decide to buy yourself a clicker and a … Continue reading

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Two Separation Anxiety Workshops with Jo Hughes on 4th & 11th July

So many horse owners struggle as a result of their horses suffering with, often severe, separation distress. Not only is it very distressing for the horse, it can often result in them performing very dangerous behaviour, never mind the fact … 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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Phase Two of Ellie’s Positive Training Journey – Emotional Control

By jove, she’s got it!! Little Ellie is really going great guns on learning fabulous emotional (impulse) control. Frustration induced by appetitives (most especially food) is one of the emotions that we can often see in our horses and the … 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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