Preparing Your Horse for a Zombie Apocalypse!

If the most inexperienced rider you know, had to ride your horse 1000 km to survive a zombie apocalypse - would your horse be ready to carry them?

Now, the reality is, we likely won’t have to be in a zombie apocalypse, but there is value in thinking about how we train our horses to be...

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Hold and Wait!

Horsemanship Tip!

In a recent clinic, I was teaching my riders a technique called "Hold and Wait" while demonstrating neutral lateral bend. This means we allow the horse time to soften, rather than being quickly pulled around. The goal is to allow it to be the horse's idea to bend. Many riders...

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The JFH Myler Bit Line: A Seamless Progression from Disengagement to Engagement

It's here!

We are excited to announce the launch of the JFH Myler Bit Line, a collaboration between Jonathan Field Horsemanship and Myler Bits. This innovative bit line has been designed with the progressive pathway of disengagement towards engagement in mind, ensuring a seamless synergy between...

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Balancing Control and Power: Mastering Rein Aids for Managing Horse Behaviour

In Course 1 of my horsemanship program a key principle to successful horse training is finding the delicate balance between control and power. One essential aspect of this balance involves using rein aids effectively to manage horse behaviour.

Power in horses stems from their natural...

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Have you Herd? I'm the Leader!

Has this ever happened to you?

You are the last horse on the trail ride or the last one in the arena, all the other horses are leaving and your horse starts becoming tense, fidgeting and moving around. And whinnying and shrieking.. making so much noise … calling for his/her herd mates and...

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Horsemanship Tools: Two 22' Lines.

 We now have 2 choices for 22’ lines: the Kanga Swivel Snap and the Ring Rope. Both ropes are the same material as our 12’ lead ropes. 

I have found so many ways to use these long lines to enhance connection and communication with your horse. A handy...

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Celebrating Students & Horses ~ Barb & Socks.

 As a coach and mentor, I enjoy seeing and celebrating the success of students and their horses. It is powerful to see connection and harmony between horse and rider, a life’s work for me!

 Here’s a nice moment with our friend, Barb and her gelding, Socks. He’s a...

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Transitions - Raise Your Baseline Expectation.

I think about the baseline of skills and abilities as a starting point or minimum I need with each horse I ride. I do this so I know what to improve to increase the baseline and my future expectations of the horse. This type of forward thinking promotes growth and development and diminishes...

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The Gift of Gratitude from Crystal & Wizard.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. —GK Chesterton

I love hearing student success stories and I’m sharing a special one here. Crystal Kroetch is a dear friend, a prominent horsewoman with a decorated...

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Be Present or Be Frustrated. You Choose.

 

I’m reflecting on a 3 day clinic I taught a few weeks ago and thinking of one of the participants and how hard she was on herself. She wanted to be better for her horse and had high goals. I related to her as I have also felt similarly when I wanted to do well and wanted to get...

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Celebrating Students & Horses ~Tabitha and Zeus.

Sharing the success of Tabitha and her Andalusian gelding, Zeus. 

As a coach and mentor, there is satisfaction and pride when you see students enjoying success with their horses through connection, feel and horsemanship skills. It's such a great feeling, celebrating the hard work and...

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How to Move Your Horse, Freely AND Forward.

I share this story to make an important point about the benefit of training that promotes what the horse is naturally good at, moving with freedom, relaxation and energy.

Many horses move with tension and are just waiting until they can stand still to relax. This is not good for them and can be...

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