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Peer Review – Evidence based Horse Training

Hi Folks, I am extremely concerned, that 200 Years of the knowledge base that has produced the Worlds best Horse Trainers, is to be soon lost, hijacked by stealth.   Evidence based Horse Training??? There is no such thing…..why…..because Scientists are not qualified to review such things, the only evidence
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  LIFE’S STORIES   THE GOLDEN GROVE HORSE TRAILS The late Jeanette Fletcher of the Pegasus Pony Club, Secretary of the first Pony Club in Australia to be,  formed and by none other than RM Williams, Tom Roberts and Margaret Clarke, at Golden Grove in Adelaide, worked tirelessly to talk
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Scientists and Monty Robert’s Dually Halter

  10th December, 2018   The Horse Scientists have have just released a study into the ‘Dually Halter’, designed and patented by Monty Roberts. They had previously studied his ‘join up’ system.   THE RESULTS ” Use of a Dually pressure headcollar does not result in more compliant behaviour by
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THE AUSTRALIAN HORSE FLOAT DESIGN EVOLUTION

    THE HISTORY OF BADLY DESIGNED HORSE FLOATS IN AUSTRALIA    2002 – 2018    I am proud that the Horsemen’ of Australia, were completely responsible in driving all design improvements of Horse Floats/Trailers, in this Country, starting in 1999. Congrats to John Chatteton for his work on the sloped
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The use of Whips and Spurs explained

  “WHIPS ARE TO BE USED SO THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE WHIPS” “SPURS ARE TO BE WORN SO THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE SPURS”   I think that about explains how I feel about the use of both of these aids. In other words, if
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My Horse lacks forward

    LETTER Hey Mr O…..I have a curly one for you. You know how everyone usually only talked about problem horses? ? ? Well what about horses that are too compliant? What I mean is – this new T/B mare is sooooo bloody quiet, she just does everything. It
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The Back Cinch – dangers and benefits

  I got this letter today and contained very good questions. Hence this article:   LETTER Hi John, I reckon my saddle may be due soon as its been about 3 weeks,  so i got a couple of questions to ask whilst im thinking of ’em. 1. My horses (and
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Why would You buy an ‘unsuitable’ Dressage Horse?

    The Career of a serious Dressage Rider, probably only allows enough time for less than 10 Horses…..how many Years have You got to waste????   I see it at every competition and at those competitions, over 50% of all Horses….are unsuitable!!   FROM THE MORPHETVILLE EQUINE CLINIC Did
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Training the Leg Yield

      “If your Horse can’t ‘Leg Yield’, you can’t ride Dressage”   The “Leg Yield’ would have to be the most important skill that a Horse can learn. Don’t teach it and:   You can never ride proper Dressage.   You can never succeed in competition that requires
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Learned Helpless in the Horse

This is ‘Learned Helplessness’ in Horse training. It comes in many forms and is really, a Welfare issue. This article will explain it:     SOME OTHER EXAMPLES   The Ground Handling teachings of the British Horse Society, passed down through all of the Equestrian Bodies and Pony Club, produce
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Lameness in the Performance Horse

    The Vast majority of Unsound Horses DO NOT SHOW LAMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….contrary to what most Vets’ are taught. I have met hundreds of them in my Life time and could walk You out the door here this instant and show You one. I could sell that Horse Today, obtain a
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If we can’t ‘listen’ – we can’t diagnoze

  Hi Folks, There is no doubt at all, that my successful Career has been largely attributable to the ability to “Listen to the Horse” You will see a lot about this on this Website” The Horse is the ultimate Judge, is never wrong, never lies, just a good communicator……..IF
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Protecting the Mouth of the Horse

  As I write, hundreds of Thousands of People are riding their Horses around, ‘on a contact’ for reasons only detrimental to the Horse, the one they think they love.   THE POINT The point of this article is simply this……if You want to take up a contact on the
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Steer clear of the Stable Expert

  THE STABLE EXPERT      There is one in every equestrian centre, stable block or agistment property.     THEIR PROFILE   They are always “Would bee’s if they could bee’s” They have a burning passion to be at the top of the tree in the horse world but
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Meadow Hay and Weeds

    MEADOW HAY I recently walked into a Stable on my property and saw 150mm thick of pure ‘Barley Grass’ Seeds lying on the Floor. I looked in the Tack Shed and there were 30 Bales of pure ‘Barley Grass’, a weed that has no nutrition, destroys established pastures
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Pasture Management for the Horse

  This is a practical guide to pasture management. Not out of the books! This is my property which had lost every ounce of top soil down the creeks and was wall to wall Salvation Jane. Why is it that everything you feed your horse comes out the other end?     
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Starting Horses – how long should it take?

  MOUTHING DVD PURCHASE   LETTER I bought a young horse a year ago had a well known trainer breaker him in, had him for 12 weeks breaking him in. The trainer only rode him in the round yard, which I thought was a bad sign at end of breaking.
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Peer Review – South Australian Mounted Police

Far be it for anyone to comment on a Mounted Cadre however, in 2018, Horses have to start getting a fair deal. 2018 is my Year of provoking thought and re-flexion.   These Photos ( which I took off the TV News recently) depict a continuing pattern of a style
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Peer Review – Pony Club Association of Australia

  Don’t get me wrong. Pony Club is a wonderful institution but it let’s down Horses badly. It could be so much  better!   Pony Club is a direct clone of the British Horse Society, with all of the teachings and systems passed on, to it, the Military and the
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Peer Review – Equestrian Australia Code of Ethics

  http://www.equestrian.org.au/sites/default/files/Equestrian_Australia_Code_of_Conduct.pdf ………   marvelous desires but sadly, only words.   At the twilight of my Career, forgive me for writing Articles to give those entering the Industry, an opposing view to the norm. I have been thinking of writing such an article, to inject into Google, to warn the
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Peer Review – Phillip Karl Training systems

  HI Folks. I am a Career Horseman, not a Scientist. After a Career of helping Thousands of aggrieved Horses, my response to them this Year has been to write a handful of reviews of systems, as complained about to me by those Horses.  It is ironic indeed that those
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Peer Review – Equestrian Australia – Ready Set Trot

To carry on with my 2017 New Year Resolution….to attempt to ‘level up the playing Field’ in Horse Training, here is another assault on the Day to Day Lives of Horses.   http://www.equestrian.org.au/Readysettrot   LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES   There are ‘Crack Pots’ all over the Internet and I might
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Gaining Respect from Your Horse

  Handed down through the Ages, has been the principal and belief, that to gain the respect from the Horse, you needed to beat it into submission, break it in by throwing it on the Ground, put on a ‘Bigger Bit’ or bigger Spurs. It is incredible how such a
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The Scales of Training

  You have all seen the Kids kicking their Fat Ponies to Go but nothing happening? That perfectly typifies the failure in Horse Training when we start any Aid up the scale.   It has been found and proven by Horse Trainers through the Ages, that the most successful way
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The Crooked Horse

    There are two basic reasons for the ‘Crooked Horse’   Veterinary issues Ridden Issues For the latter, go here and read about ‘Rider induced Veterinary Problems.   VETERINARY ISSUES   These come with any twinge that provides discomfort to the Horse, such that it will evade ‘straightness‘ and
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Leading Your Horse to Ulcers

Fairly outrageous proposition?…….yes, it may be but trust me, I see it all the time. You will find numerous articles on this Website and You may wonder why? The fact is that I and probably every other Professional Horse Trainer in the World, owes at least 75% of their work
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To take the Contact or not?

  Horses are Born resisters!…..if I Hand a Horse over to an Owner, with a 10/10 Mouth and that Owner is an Amateur, the Mouth will be down to a 6/10 in 7 Days.   Did You know that Racehorses go around with an average of 80kg on their Mouths?
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Peer Review – Dr. Andrew McLean

      Horsemen don’t do Peer Reviews, they haven’t got time but after many Years and a lot of thought, noting that the Scientists often review Horsemen (Monty Roberts, Pat Parelli and myself) the time has come. I write this also, on behalf of the many Horses I meet,
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Peer Review – Dr. Paul McGreevy

    N.S.W. University of Equine Science – Professor Dr. Paul McGreevy. Take a look at this Video that popped up on my YouTube News.   With the advent of the Internet, everyone can be an overnight sensation and those who may have harbored the romantic notion of being a
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IMPULSION IN THE DRESSAGE HORSE

  Impulsion in the horse, is controlled power. It is fourth on the “German Training Scale”. It is the desire to go forward but not running with speed but under the control of the rider, at any desired tempo. Impulsion is the amount of activity created to cause more energy
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Roundness in the Dressage Horse

  What is roundness in a horse??? It is when a horse stretches it’s top line longitudinally from the poll to it’s dock over it’s back in an arc. By extending its muscles in this way over it’s back, the horse is better equipped to carry a rider. Creating more
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THE CROOKED HORSE – Toll on Horse and Rider

  When a horse travels crooked, it affects it’s physical well being, relaxation and more.  Most horses are one sided, as we are left or right handed too. With good instruction, you need to work on strengthening the weaker side and be made aware of which one that is. Usually
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TRAINING THE FIELD SHY HORSE

      I often get asked about ‘Field Shy Horses’, meaning those that won’t go near other Horses when being ridden or jump and shy away if another Horse comes near them. This can be caused by a number of things:   Poorly broken in whereby the Trainer didn’t
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MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF THE GIRTHY HORSE

See the Video here   I regularly get letters about Horses that attempt to bite, lay their ears back, snake their heads, cow kick and so on, whilst being girthed up. There have been many a proposition put as to the cause but as usual, I like to “listen to
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THE CAUSES AND FIX OF THE JIG JOGGING HORSE

  We have all seen the horse that won’t walk whilst out on the trail ride or pleasure riding as we call it. Highly frustrating and usually ends up with the horse doing Piaffe and the rider being Pi-offed. Here’s why it happens and here’s how to fix it.  
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PLEASURE RIDING – THE TRAPS AND TACTICS TO STAY ALIVE

In another life, I escorted about 50,000 people on ‘Holidays on Horseback’ (Pack Horse Tours). I learnt a few safety tips during that time and am happy to say that I didn’t lose a customer. I’ll try to remember a few of them in case they may help you.  
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THE GREEN HORSE AND THE DANGER OF THE ARENA

  Hi Folks Let me pass onto You, that the Arena is ‘your worst nightmare’ when it comes to ‘Green Horses’ and yet, this is the place that the vast majority of People insist upon staying….why??? The answer is a few things: Fear and the opinion that the Arena is
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BUILDING THE TOP-LINE OF THE HORSE

    Hi Folks. I want to introduce my lovely Wife….who…..has the most astounding success with BUILDING THE TOPLINE, on Horse and I have seen Her do it countless times. She wouldn’t tell You that. HP   Hi Folks, Linda here. Across the Thousands of Horses that I have been
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BEWARE OF THE OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBRED

    This article is written for those entering the Industry for there are high dangers present. A simple check of my Blog will soon show you the proof of my words here below, stories of problems in their Thousands, now dated back to 2001 within the 25,000 Letters I
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THE WIND SUCKING HORSE

  Wind Sucking is a vice and it is also a legal trigger for a Veterinary Surgeon to reject a horse during an inspection for sale. The wind sucker is often under weight and I have even seen them so bad that they have died of mal nutrition because of
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ULCERS IN THE PERFORMANCE HORSE

    FROM THE MORPHETVILLE EQUINE CLINIC- Adelaide, South Australia   Did You know?……. That over 70% of Jumping and Equestrian Horses have Stomach Ulcers during periods of training and competition   2 out of 3 Endurance Horses have Ulcers immediately after competition   Over 58% of competitive Horses have
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CONFORMATION AND THE DRESSAGE HORSE

    Over 50% of Dressage Horses that I see ARE NOT suitable for the purpose”     CONFORMATION INDUCED MISBEHAVIOR   Have you ever wondered if getting into fights with your Horse on the flat, that your Friend is most likely attempting to communicate the fact that it just
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THE CLUB HOOF AND IT’S DOWNSIDE

    Club Hooves on Performance Horses is a serious concern! Something that experience has shown us, comes with many downsides and we highly recommend you don’t flirt with them. Particularly in the ‘Performance Horse’. They detrimentally affect many aspects of Horse Ownership:     CAUSES   They are normally
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CONFORMATION VERSUS SOUNDNESS

    In the Performance Horse World, ‘Conformation’ is everything and yet largely ignored by those buying for their chosen Sport. Let’s talk about Dressage…….   If a Horse is not ‘Built for Purpose’, it cannot adequately complete the task.   Behavior will then be affected, as the Horse struggles
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HOW TO RIDE AND FIX THE BOLTING HORSE

Dedicated to Jane Goodwin……   BRITISH HORSEMANSHIP CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE A teacher was killed when she was thrown from her beloved horse A school teacher died in a freak accident when she was thrown off her horse – described as the “love of her life.” Animal lover Jayne Goodwin, 44,
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LUNGING THE HORSE

  Lot’s of horse owners lunge really well. The horse trains them that way.   Just watch them where ever you go. The horse runs around at the end of the stiff lunge rein whilst the owner runs around a smaller circle but lunges just as well. The whole time
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the anti-rearing bit – necessary or gimmick?

Go here for Bits   I was at a Vet Clinic the other day and saw the Vet Nurse install an anti rearing bit on a fairly drugged two year old horse. Obviously, it is Company Policy to use them on all unbroken horses at the minimum. The particular Clinic
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The British Horse Society – a Peer Review

  I can hear Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrence cheering me from their Grave   This article has been triggered by this Photo Today. (in Britain)         After attending to many thousands of so called ‘problem Horses’ in my long career and nearing the end of it,
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The ‘Pleasure Rein’ – making of the happy Horse

  ** Go here for all sorts of EXTENDED REINS THE PLEASURE REIN I am convinced that I must be the only one on the Planet that see’s the pain of Horses that are ridden in the British Horse Society fashion, a system that is handed down across the World,
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Pony Club Hands

        I realize that many of you accuse me of ‘Pony Club Bashing’ but remember, everything I say is for the Good of Horses and the good of the Kids. Every Day, around the World, countless combinations suffer needlessly. Virtually every Week and this Week twice (which
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Collection in the Horse and how to attain it

    A horse is in true collection when it is able to transfer it’s weight sufficiently to his hind quarters whilst staying in balance and self carriage. This enables the horse to increase the flexion of his hind legs and lift his neck. The higher the poll whilst remaining
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Lunging Systems for the Horse

    Lot’s of horse owners lunge really well. The horse trains them that way.   Just watch them where ever you go. The horse runs around at the end of the stiff lunge rein whilst the owner runs around a smaller circle but lunges just as well. The whole
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The Causes, consequences and fixes of the Upside Down Neck

  Preview (opens in a new window)   This is one of the worst examples of a man made ‘Upside Down Neck’ on a horse and if you look at the tools of torture in this horse’s mouth, a number of things should become very evident to you. If this
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The Flexed Off Horse and reprocussions

  No Leg Yield – no Dressage! No Leg Yield – Veterinary implications!   I have often complained about the lack of Pony Club teaching. Especially the failure to teach to fix the most senseless fault of allowing riders to go around with their horses ‘flexed off’ in order to
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Resistance in the Mouth of the Horse

    There are many reasons why Horses are resistant to the Bit but I will also rank them in order of the reason for cause. The most prolific at the top. As I write, I shall take the occasional Photo out of the window of the F-Truck 🙂  
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Are You Training a Leg Climber?

     Leading a Horse like this is one of the contributing causes of Ulcers in the Horse   Hence the Face on this Horse Of all the Problem Horses that I have met, there has been a predominant common link to that of various forms of ignorance and resistance
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Webbing Halters and ignorant Horses

    “I have never felt a light headed, responsive headed horse that normally wears a webbing halter.” Webbing halters cause ignorant headed horses and they are Sad Horses!   WEBBING HALTERS traditionally and almost always come with…….. The English Way – inviting the Fight You can’t win! This almost
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To Tie to Twine ……or not?

    Should horse owners demand that their horses tie up solid no matter what or tie to twine and err on the safe side? A hotly debated topic that’s for sure. Unfortunately, the question can not be answered with a ‘yes or no’.   In a perfect world, every
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Feeding time Rules and their EXTREME importance

  Feeding time can be one of the most dangerous times for horse owners and I have to warn that the lack of rules causes many horses to be sent to me for re-education. I include buck jumping. Feed time is when horses fight for their position in the pecking
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Leading the Horse with Control and Relaxation

     Go here for the Online Video of Natural Horsemanship on REAL Horses in the REAL World or here for the DVD’s Firstly read the other articles on this site. The ones that tell you what causes leg climbing horses.   WHICH IS THE BEST WAY TO LEAD A
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Draw Reins

  LETTER “So sorry to ask 2 questions of you in one day… this one is quick! I went to get a market harborough today, and saw some Draw Reins. (Page 8 of the catalogue attached in case you need picture. It buckles to the girth then goes straight through
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Above the Bit

  Are You an ‘English Discipline Rider’? Is your Horse ‘on the bit’? Correctly ‘on the bit’?    I write this to make you think. To think about your adequacy in putting a horse ‘on the bit’, in a frame, head down, round or anything else you want to call
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On the Bit

FOR LEARNERS’     Above the Bit On the Bit   As you go through your time in the Horse World, you will most likely hear people talking about a term called “ABOVE THE BIT”  Without getting technical which is what a lot of people do, I will attempt to
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The Great Debate – ‘Starter’ on the Bit or not?

      Go here for the Video THE MOST CRUCIAL THING I HAVE LEARNT   “We should only ever ride a GREEN HORSE, “On the Bit and Round’ or on a complete ‘Pleasure Rein’ THERE ARE NO IN BETWEENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Historically, due to the fact that Breakers were of the
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Building the Topline

    A combined 60 Years experience and 35,000, mostly horses with issues, we have the now proven over and over again, our evolved system, the intellectual property and the specifically designed equipment. This includes:   The 7.5 Hour long ‘Re-Mouthing the Horse’ DVD’s. here The 100 Page E-Book showing
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Re-Mouthing the Horse

  Hi Folks I believe and indeed am willing to bet, that I have the most effective re-mouthing system on the Planet. It is the number one reason by I am still fit and not crippled or dead, after Thousands of so called ‘Problem Horses’ The DVD Set for this
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Mouthing the Horse

Go here for the DVD’s   Frankly Folks. This has been the secret to my success, career and the protection of my Bones. It has saved the Careers of hundreds of Horses, that otherwise would have been Buck Jumpers   This is also why Hundreds of People around the World
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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP EXPLAINED

Natural Horsemanship has always been around, probably since the time man first interacted with the horse.  Years ago however, it was packaged by a run of American Trainers with marketing hype, buzz words, ‘touchy feely’ speak and in some cases, an almost Pentecostal delivery. Good on them as so called
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HOSING A HORSE DOWN WITH CONTROL & SAFETY

 Horses hate being hosed down. Especially around the head area and for a good reason. Often people squirt water into their ears and the horse can’t get rid of it. How would you like that?   Go to the Video Portal for the Video Then you have the young horse
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HOW TO BRIDLE THE PROBLEM HORSE

  Horses inherit psychological problems with the bridling process. They inherit this in a number of ways. I rank them in order of importance hereunder: Incompetent bridling techniques. 80%   Ear twitching 15%   veterinary reasons 5%       Let’s deal with them one by one…….   THESE ARE
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UN-BRIDLING YOUR HORSE WITH CONTROL

  I have often spoken about the relationship between ear shy horses and incorrect or incompetent bridling practices. Now I want to give you a method of un-bridling the horse so that you have control and can eliminate the chance of failure, which is one of the main causes to
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CONSTRUCTING THE ROUND PEN

    I and many other Trainers around the World, believe that you can’t do the job to it’s best, without a Round Pen. I continually get asked how to build one and so here is what I have learnt. Hope it helps. I am a Fan of the Portable
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SELF EMPTYING SADDLES

    Go here for Saddles I get thousands of letters regarding people falling off Horses and getting severely injured. In my opinion, part of the problem here is that people ride ‘suspect, young or Green Horses’ in ‘SELF EMPTYING SADDLES I speak of the “English Saddle’ as opposed to
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TOP 10 REASONS WHY GREEN HORSES BUCK

    TOP12 REASONS   Girthiness not taken in account enough Learned Helplessness   Because the horse did not respect the breaker or the owner   Because “Green on Green don’t go”   Because the owner thought that riding on the arena was safer than on the trail   Because
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THE WAR BRIDLE/DUALLY/FEEL GOOD HALTER

    Hi John, Heard about this on a web-forum: Not sure what to think of it…. One of those things that at first glance you might say “oh neat” and then think about it some more and be a little concerned! The Dually Halter Cheers Wendy REARING This is
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LUCERNE TREES AND THE OZONE LAYER

  2017 My new preferred alternative. Much longer Age and tough as Hell, with FAST growth. 2 Years Growth and been trimmed 3 times       http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/invasive_mirror_bush           It throws a few Babies around the Place though, which I just spray during Weed Spraying. Small
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CONSTRUCTION OF THE DRESSAGE ARENA WHILE SAVING THOUSANDS $$$$$

        This article is taken from experience, not from books etc. It is written to save you money. Like thousands I have done the ‘hard yards’ so hope this will benefit you.   A LETTER   Hi there, I’m in Tassie we are getting quotes for a
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PROBLEM HORSE OR PROBLEM TEENAGER?

  Don’t worry, I am well aware of the ‘Problem Parents’ who often drive Teenagers too hard as they live their Dreams through the Kid   There is no doubt, amongst the greatest lovers’ of horses are the Teenage Females who make up the majority of the Horse World and
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SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES OF HORSE TRAINING

    When a professional Horse Trainer accepts a horse from a client, they take on a huge responsibility, well I treat it that way anyhow. Responsibility for the physical and mental welfare of the horse, care, feeding and the awesome task of fixing whatever the training problem was or
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DISCIPLINE OF THE HORSE EXPLAINED FULLY

  If I may start by explaining how horses interact in their world and how the foal is imprinted by its mother.   Horses do not love anything including you. They may respect you or other horses but there is no love involved. Respect could probably be described as “Horse
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CATCHING THE HORSE

      Horses that are difficult to catch, soon learn that it is easy to tire a human out and we can’t run like they can. They learn that they are faster than us, fitter than us and end up thinking that they are smarter than us. The trick
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MAN MADE STRESS IN HORSES

      I meet so many horses with stress problems. Almost all of those problems are caused by man. I will try to graple with this most complex of subjects in a form that you may understand. At the end, I will be stressed.  The causes are endless but
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SEPARATION ANXIETY IN THE HORSE

  This has to be the most frustrating experience possible. Owning a Horse that has the mental condition known as ‘separation anxiety’ and yet it is rife within the domesticated Horse World. While a person can has several options to better their mental condition, it is not so easy for
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LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES

  Hi Folks. During my Career as a Problem Horse Trainer 25,000 or so Horses have told me the following, which I would like to pass onto you. Horses can read your mind 100% of the time There are no naughty horses, only dumb Trainers   Buck Jumping Horses don’t
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THE OXYGEN OF TRAINING

      I will now attempt to simply explain what is behind all successful training of horses. Brave, aren’t I? Here is an example of what works, what doesn’t,  what is correct and what is incorrect.   Little Johnny brings his horse up to the back of the horse
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LEARNED EVASIONS

  Just about every problem that a rider gets with horses is caused by a slow progression of “Learned Evasions”   These evasions are what causes all of the resistances that horses give riders’ and are the prime driving force towards the learning of how and why to resist. Evasion
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WHY IS MY HORSE MIS-BEHAVING?

  I have been prompted to write this article because in the last month, December, 2003, virtually every horse that was sent to us for re-education, in other words (Problem Horses), had various Veterinary problems which were the reason for their behavior. How unfair on horses is this? The mind
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QUESTIONS OF CONSCIENCE

    Here are a few questions that I have asked myself over the years and encourage you to do so too:   Do we worm our horse on the recommended due dates?   Do we have our horses teeth checked every six months?   Do we treat our horse
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THE NERVOUS RIDER. WHAT TO DO?

      I have met my share of Nervous Riders’ in my day and have fixed a few too. (escorting over 50,000 of them on Holidays on Horseback)..we never lost one of them As a matter of interest, they are almost always female and mostly have had kids, suffered
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HORSE ASSESSING THE RIDER AND THE GAMES THEY PLAY

  We think that we are the only ones doing the assessing during the relationship with the horse but I can assure you that there is just as much assessing being done by the horse as that being done by us. They carry on this procedure in silence and make
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LACKING COMMITTMENT??

  Every Coach and Professional would experience dealings with people who have a dear passion for the Horse Industry and horses but who just don’t cut it, are not of the profile necessary to achieve success and who go on year after year in failure, often with horse after horse.
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DO HORSES LOVE US?

    Well I don’t think they do. I certainly love them but I am fairly sure they only respect me. Respect to them is probably Love anyway. However, this is not about me, it is about others……   I often notice that when people enter the Horse Industry, they
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UNDERSTAND THE MIND OF YOUR HORSE

    When you are young, you probably really don’t think about things like this. I didn’t. I just rode em. The more that I have, the more that I have got out of horses and the more that I have been able to fix the major problems that I
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THE HALF HALT

  What is a half halt? It is the aids a rider uses to communicate with their horse. It is used to prepare a horse for a transition, or a change in direction. It is used to engage the hind legs. It is used to balance a horse. It is
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ENGAGEMENT

  Engagement This is when a horse uses their hind legs with activity. The horse pushes its movement forward by bending its joints more in the hind legs. This has the effect of the horse shifting its centre of balance to more underneath it self thus lifting the forehand and
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STRAIGHTNESS

    Straightness is when the horse travels on a designated line with its hind legs in line with its front legs. That means on straight lines and on curved lines.  In order for a horse to be in balance it needs to have the hind legs directly in the
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SUPPLENESS

      Suppleness is the ability for the horse to be able to bend its’ lateral and longitudinal muscles. If a horse is supple it is flexible and gymnastically strong, enabling him to swing in his back. This allows the horse to travel free of tension with cadence in
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THE AFFECT OF HORSE FLOAT DESIGN ON LOADING

  Have you ever wondered why your Horse won’t go on your Float or other Floats? Do you think it’s all Training?…….well it isn’t. Horses often refuse to enter Horse Floats because of design or maintenance deficiencies.   Inadequate Horse Float Design directly makes it more difficult for an Owner
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SAFE TOWING OF HORSE FLOATS

    put video portal vid   This is the forgotten subject of Equestrian Industry teaching. It is one of the most important and your horse relies upon you knowing it off by heart. How people can be allowed to tow horses around without a Towing License is beyond me.
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HORSE FLOAT WALL CLIMBERS

    There is nothing more frustrating than to experience and witness, the frantic actions of the horse that climbs the walls of a horse float. Over the years, I have floated many unbroken horses and have always noticed that they are ‘rock solid’ inside the float and are not
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LOADING AND FLOATING OF THE HORSE (Thousands of words)

      The loading and floating of horses is the stuff that divorces are made of. If you are a horse husband and the wife’s horse isn’t wanting to go in the float, get out of there fast!! Kids and dogs have been known to get into major drama
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PURCHASING THE DRESSAGE HORSE

  I have to a lot of Dressage Days, Club, State and National and the one thing that I notice and wonder about, is that the majority of all Riders are sitting on Horses that are less than SUITABLE for Dressage and many that can’t go on in Dressage. Further,
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CROOKED VIDEO PRODUCTION

    HORSES FOR SALE VIDEO CLIPS Yes, they are all the rage and everyone’s a Hollywood Producer. Billy Joel in ‘Piano Man’ said something like “There’s Paul at the Bar, he is a ‘REAL ESTATE NOVELIST” and so it is that many of the Horse Sales Video’s have become
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BUYING A HORSE. EVERY SCAM, EVERY TRICK

  2017 It has become very dangerous to buy from Professional Riders’, Coaches, Olympic People, EA Officials and others. To many of them have been found to not do the right thing   It’s a sad Day when one has to say that but 2017 saw People ripped off by
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RISK MANAGEMENT & THE LAW

    Since this Site Pioneered Horselaw in this Country, 18Years ago, many things have improved but they still have a long way to go.   I coined this quote.   “Horsemanship – the Art of reading the future, with ‘Risk Management’ in Mind”   25th Nov, 2017   Here
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MOUNTING THE PROBLEM HORSE

    A LETTER FROM ENGLAND…   MOUNTING PROBLEMS CAUSED BY MOUNTING MISTAKES   Dear Mr John O`leary, I would like to ask for you advice: I have been starting a young horse just 4 in June and I did follow your video instruction ` Mouthing The Horse`. The horse
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Riding the horse that shy’s

  “A bold rider makes a bold horse and a nervous rider makes a nervous horse”   Horses with Ulcers shy way more than if they haven’t got such   Without doubt,  more riders fall off horses due to the horse shying than from horses bucking. Shying is a description
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TRAFFIC TRAINING THE YOUNG HORSE

    Today’s drivers’ have little to no regard for the safety of horses or the result that excessive speed can have upon a ridden trail horse. It is dangerous out there and if one is to safely ride in traffic, the horse must be basically bombproof.    Traffic training
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TRAINING A HORSE TO STAND DURING MOUNTING

  I get a lot of requests for this subject. How do we train a horse to keep still while we mount it? The answer is in the Lateral Mouth and with the use of one rein only. You cannot make or train a horse to stand by using two
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RE-TRAINING THE STANDARD BRED HORSE

    PACING AND AMBLING   WHY DO THEY?   See the Video here They are Bred to do it.   They are hobbled to do it   They are built to do it   They are muscle developed to do it   They are tense to do it  
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KICKING OR BITING WHILST RIDDEN

    I was promoted to write this as a horse kicked one of our staff this week. She was on one horse, but another one kicked her in the leg. Such behavior by a horse, whilst under the control of a rider or even in hand, is simply un-acceptable
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TRAINING A HORSE TO STAND

    This system works on every horse….providing you follow it to the millisecond.   How many times have you been to a hack show and watched the finalists in the line up. Now, I thought they were supposed to be lined up for the judge and to remain stationary,
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THE REARING HORSE

    I rank the rearing horse as the most dangerous of the vices that can face a rider during their career. Give me the buck jumper, shyer, bolter any day as I believe the danger of serious injury is far more acute with the rearer. Riders’ are the predominant
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REVERSING YOUR HORSE

    YES WE SHOULD You will hear some English Riding Instructors’  say that you should never reverse an English trained competition horse because it will stop the horse halting square or even worse STEP BACK. Heaven forbid. The funny thing is though, that as soon as you get to
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STOPPING THE BUCKING/BOLTING HORSE

  I get these letters almost every week so Hence this article: Greetings, I found your website (and lots of great information) and, yes, I hang on the reins. I realize it’s an issue. My issue is rooted in my horse’s ability to take the bit and run away With
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WORMING YOUR HORSE WITH CONTROL & SUCCESS

    The absolute Fool Proof way to ensure success, is to ‘Leg Restraints Train’ Your Horses. End of problem!   Stock Whip training the unbroken Horse with Knee Hobbles   How important is it to worm your horse. Very!! Here are some reasons:    Worms can kill a horse
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STIFLE PROBLEMS, THEIR RESULTS & TREATMENT

    I would dearly love a $ for every horse that I have to assess due to stifle problems. The simple Veterinary description for this is something like the momentary locking of the patella or knee bone as it crosses back and forth over the joint. This gives horses
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CLIPPING THE PROBLEM HORSE

  See the Video here     Clipping horses is a dangerous job at the best of times. The prices these people charge is way too cheap. They deserve a medal.   Most of those that end up doing this valuable job, do so with very little or no knowledge
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WARNING RE VETERINARY CHECKS FOR PURCHASE

  RESEARCH This article passes on a small snapshot of our Research conducted over the past few Years and promoted by us meeting more and more Horses in Turmoil but Horses being blamed for their behavior Historically and still today around the World, Horses are first blamed for any negative
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RIDER INDUCED VETERINARY PROBLEMS

  Due to my www.horselaw.com.au duties and experiences, and life in general, having been a ‘Problem Horse’ Trainer forever, I have seen many so called ‘naughty horses’, (Most like to blame the Horse), but almost all were Horses with problems.   What drives me is the fact that basically every
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SAND COLIC (A HIGHLY IMPORTANT READ FOR ALL)

      People…and Website Owners,  with a lack of integrity, are distributing, without knowledge, our Recipe, WITHOUT the important information needed to NOT put Horses Lives at risk. Things like dosage, Weight ratio’s of Horses, prior Clinical diagnosis and more. It is NOT AS SIMPLE as they dangerously write
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THE DEBATE – HALTER TRAINING THE FOAL

    The Debate “Do we do it when they are really young, wait until they are weaned or when they are ready to be broken in?…there is my system and “let them grow up and be a Horse” If You had seen the trauma and injuries ( including broken
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LEG RESTRAINTS TRAINING EXPLAINED

      I finally have the time to explain why I train all of my Horses to ‘Leg Restraints’. Here are some of the reasons:   Accidentally, I was there the very first Clinic that Pat Parelli conducted in Australia, all those Years ago. Prior to that Day, virtually
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HANDLING OUR FOALS WITH RESPONSIBILITY

2006 I cringe when I am asked to go and halter break a foal, weanling, yearling, 2 yr old or upwards. Two years ago, 20 year old, 25 year old Brood Mares, never halter broken and you know what means to Horse and Handler alike 🙁 Not only is this
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MY HORSE IS OUT OF IT’S BOX!!!

    Horsemen and Women all over the World, make their living out of correcting out of control horses for owners’. Mostly they succeed easily but often, the horses revert back to their original state. Every week I get letters like this with two today:   LETTER “My 15 yr
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UN-RUGGING THE HORSE

    See the Video here   TRAIN FOR THE PEOPLE….OR THE HORSE? The English Training and Coaching systems and Curriculums, teach that the front strap of a Horse Rug should be undone before the Back Leg Straps. I have always disagreed with this for I always have the Welfare
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THE CAUSE & FIX OF THE ‘REIN SNATCHER’

  These horses frustrate the hell out of me and no doubt the rider’s aboard them, but we can never blame the Horse. Why does it happen and how can we fix it? It isn’t easy.   The term ‘Resistance‘ sure describes this habit but what causes it?  There are
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REIN CONTACT. SOFT HANDS OR NOT?

The Confusion in the Industry   I often get asked about light hands when referring to the rein control of horses.  This has to the most confused subject in the Horse Industry, the one subject that is largely kept back from pupils imho and the one that causes the most
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THE POWER OF THE ONE REIN STOP

Do you like broken Bones? I don’t, which is why I am hot on this subject!!   Are You one of the Millions who get on suspect Horses WITHOUT MOUTHS and without Rein Control Australian Horsemanship style???? Are You going to be one of these statistics????? read ‘Bolting Horse‘ The
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TESTING THE LATERAL MOUTH OF YOUR HORSE

  The reason I am still able to ride rough Horses at my age, is because of this Mouthing system and the One Rein Stop. Trust me Folks, don’t listen to anyone who says “Ride Him through it!”      Go to the Round Pen.   Install a good
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HELP….I CAN’T LET THE REINS GO!!

  At a recent Equine Science Symposium, mention was made of the affects of incorrect riding, training or teaching upon the ultimate deaths in horses. I can attest that this is in fact true and prevalent.   It is a constant mystery to me why virtually no horse rider of
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WHY MOUTHS DETERIORATE

  What are the reasons for the mouths of horses to progressively deteriorate after being handed over to the owner by the ‘Breaker’? They almost always do, some more than others and some, totally. Lets say the mouth of the horse is finished at a 9-10 when it is handed
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LONG REINING AND MOUTH DAMAGE

  I have two points that I would like to make about the use of ‘Long Reins” in the breaking in process of the young horse.   That of the thousands of previously long reined horses that I have ridden, I have never felt a mouth higher than 6 out
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THE DANGERS & DAMAGE CAUSED BY SIDE REINS

    A LETTER (25,000 and counting) Hi I am hoping that you can help me. I have a lovely little Arabian who has been under saddle for 12 months he is rising 5. His natural head carriage is quite arched. He works lovely under saddle but has the tendency
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THE CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES & FIXES FOR THE UPSIDE DOWN NECK

  An upside down neck pretty well explains itself. It is the over development of the under muscle of the neck and the degeneration of the top line muscle. Thus causing the look that the neck of the horse is put on its body, upside down. Generally, horses are not
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Don’t Mouth the Horse if you haven’t done the Teeth

  You cannot successfully start or break in a Horse if the Teeth aren’t in top shape. If you try, you will NEVER get a top Mouth due to the pain attached to the Mouthing process and the learned resistance taught. Horses do not trust the Bit or the hands
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Just Behavioural, Veterinary & Psychological Outcomes Guaranteed!!

Just Behavioural, Veterinary &  Psychological Outcomes Guaranteed!!
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No Whip Training to deceive

No Whip Training to deceive
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No Trick Horse Training to impress

No Trick Horse Training to impress
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No Glitz, Razzmatazz or hype

No Glitz, Razzmatazz or hype
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Twitching horses with sophistication and training

    I have watched hundreds of people install a twitch upon horses during my career but I have never seen one use the twitch as a training tool. They just put it on, crank it up and hold it until the job is done. If they alter the pressure
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Over the back

  When a horse is “over the back” it is stretching its top line from poll to dock with its back being the highest point. This gives the rider the feeling that the horse raises it’s back up to meet your seat. You can literally feel the horse growing underneath
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Biting when girthing up

        I regularly get letters about Horses that attempt to bite, lay their ears back, snake their heads, cow kick and so on, whilst being girthed up. There have been many a proposition put as to the cause but as usual, I like to “listen to the
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Our Mission

“This Website will teach you that there are no ‘Problem Horses’, no Buck Jumpers, Bolters’, Rearers and such….only Horses crying out for Help! Above all, it will teach you how to “Listen to Your Horses for they are communicating to you constantly – Horses always tell the Truth, we just need
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