I get asked about the topic of wearing a helmet when riding a horse quite a bit and as there are more and more children getting involved in horse riding, this seems like a good time to make my thoughts clear and perhaps influence the horse world, even just a tiny bit maybe, in a…Details
Here at Stable Horse Training and Rehabilitation, we work hard to identify any inconsistencies in your horse and help get them better. That’s our job whether it’s on the ground getting our hands dirty or using advanced technology to get it done for practical and detailed analysis. While this may require something as simple as just walking, more often it requires groundwork and riding to correct balance or strengthen certain parts of the body. Some horses are quite young and maybe haven’t been worked from the ground much, which makes our job harder as they don’t tend to “listen” to what we are asking. More accurately, they just don’t know yet and that’s where we step in a bit and help too.
If anybody were to watch us work with horses, our techniques would most closely represent a natural horsemanship way of dealing with them. We don’t use whips, chains or spurs on any horses, and in fact don’t even own any. Twitching, hitting and kicking horses is not in our toolbox for dealing with horses and instead we rely on the lead rope on a rope halter and a flag when on the ground. If we’re in the saddle then again, lead rope, flag and now reins with legs. It is to both our own and the horses benefit to have it understand and respect good communication where we get results quickly and positively. One of our case studies, Luke, is a great example of this.
One of the main concepts we keep in mind is to never get the horse to a troubled place where it might consider fleeing. A horse is a fight or flight animal and would flee first and only fight when cornered. We are always looking to keep them in a safe frame of mind and to hope they would hook on and join with us for the exercises and practice we do with them, rather than being dependent on telling them what to do. It’s a deep topic that we love talking about, so if you have any questions then please ask.
While it’s important to work with the horse, as the rehabilitation is primarily with the horse, we would always hope to be able to work close with all the owners of the horses we work with to make sure that what we are doing is ok and understandable. Consistency is a requirement for horses and as such we would all need to be on the same page and doing close to the same thing to properly get the horse along and keep it out of a troubled state of mind. So in turn, some rehab is working with owners to help have everybody understand why and how we do things.
Please see some of our articles below regarding both groundwork and riding.
This is part 2 of a series of videos where I take our four year old registered quarter horse, Macaroni, out for a walk at a local park with the goal of getting him used to water. In this video, we have left the trailer and are on the way to the water. When leading…Details
Taking a horse somewhere in a trailer can be a peaceful experience all around with practice and diligence regarding unacceptable behaviors by the horse. Horses that get away with poor habits can be a real danger though and in this video I talk about one of them: Leaving the trailer before you are ready. Horses…Details
Here’s a short video talking about recognizing when a horse is going to call out or whinny and what to do about it. It’s not uncommon for a horse to get worried and decide they need to call out for their friends and get some comfort. Unfortunately when this happens it means they are taking…Details
This video is all about thoughts and ideas on getting out and trail riding with your horse. The horse being ridden in this video is a bit young to trails so I talk a lot about how to recognize that, things to possibly do while on the trail ride and some ideas on how to…Details
Benny is a retired Standardbred who has some amazing owners that are looking to give Benny a new life after racing. I’ve been privileged with the job of helping Benny go from a pacing race horse to a relaxed trail and arena horse. This is part one of a three part series posted to show…Details
It’s important to practice things with your horses, like leading a horse, before you really need it. In this case I was originally just leading this horse with tarps and getting him used to them. As you can see in the thumbnail, he did pretty good but horses (like humans) have trouble multitasking and sometimes…Details
Here is a really quick video talking about and showing simple horse communication to convey your intention of being friends with a horse. This concept usually works very well with horses if they are ready for it. The key here is to make sure they aren’t trying to avoid you while you do it or…Details
Controlling a horses head can be a daunting task and possibly quite intimidating as horses are very big and can move fast when they feel the need to. There are quite a few things to do with a horse on a day to day basis that it’s vital to be able to control their head…Details
This video talks about what to think and look for with horses that are scared around roads and vehicles. I show two different horses that give two completely different reactions to traffic that is both loud and fast. Each one teaches and shows horse reactions and behaviors that can tell you what will happen if…Details