Kandoo-Kansay

Day 65 - Anxiety (Separation) 100 days Dec 05, 2017

When I asked you to tell me what you were having trouble with or what you'd most like to work on with your horse, anxiety came top of the list.

It seems many of you have horses that are anxious and you're not always sure how to best deal with it.

Anxiety manifests in many ways and this time I'm...

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Day 64 - UK to Australia 100 days Dec 04, 2017

As lovely as the UK was, eventually the pull to home and warmer climes got the better of me and I packed two children, one cat and two horses on to a plane and returned home. 

Chaucitta, the Argentinean polo pony was becoming very well travelled, having been born in Argentina, sold to...

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Day 63 - Change and learning 100 days Dec 03, 2017

Hello there, you're still with me, that's great!

I imagine over the past 60 posts you've found some things you agree with and others you don't, some things that make sense and others that don't (at least not yet). The fact that you're still here tells me a lot about you and I am thrilled about...

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Day 62 - Inside leg to outside rein 100 days Dec 01, 2017

"Inside-leg-to-outside-rein", we hear it all the time, right? But when you think about it, what does it really mean?

For the horse it means four things:

  1. The horse experiences unrelenting pressure. There is no correct answer, no movement the horse can make that releases this rein and leg...
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Day 61 - Lateral work on the training scale 100 days Dec 01, 2017

The term lateral work can scare some people because they think it's complicated but it really isn't at all. It's really just putting a few of the simple things you've learned together and moving the shoulders and hindquarters at the same time.

Over the previous few posts we've talked about...

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Day 60 - Hindquarter control on the training scales 100 days Nov 30, 2017

In the first of this training scale series, we looked at relaxation - having the horse in the engagement zone, relaxed, travelling in-frame, being attentive, in self-carriage and soft in the bridle. Then we discussed shoulder control and I pointed out that we need to take control of all four feet...

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Day 59 - Shoulder Control on the training scales 100 days Nov 28, 2017

Relaxation encompasses softness in the bridle, shoulder elevation and travelling in-frame so now it's time to take control of the feet. Remember, we're always aiming to keep things really simple for both ourselves and the horse so we're only going to control one foot at a time.

Overcomplication,...

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Day 58 - Relaxation on the training scales 100 days Nov 28, 2017

The place to start training anything at all is with relaxation. If your horse isn't relaxed, don't expect good results. No doubt you will still get some results but you'll be leaving so much potential on the table.

I often think this is precisely the thing that has gone wrong with modern...

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Day 57 - Simplifying the training scales 100 days Nov 28, 2017

Now that we know we need to control the feet, I'm going to talk about how we get there.

I don't know about you, but I find the training scale, in all its versions, rather over-complicated! Where possible, as I'm sure you've realised by now, I like to make things simple. I've always thought that...

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Day 56 - Control the feet 100 days Nov 28, 2017

I spent three years in the UK, having lived there for 5 years previously, which was sandwiched between Hong Kong and Singapore. During that time I came across many different types of riding, riding discipline, instructors and coaches. I gave most of it a go - competed in dressage, eventing, show...

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Day 55 - A few kind words 100 days Nov 26, 2017

What a difference a few kind words can make.

I remember, as quite a young child, being told by a friend of my father's that I had a really good seat on a horse. Now, I think most children do actually so I probably wasn't at all special but that one comment gave me both the courage and...

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Day 54 - Timing 100 days Nov 23, 2017

Here's a riddle for you:

When does negative reinforcement become positive punishment?

When it's poorly timed.

OK, it's not a funny riddle and your horse won't think it is either.

So, what do I mean?

Let's say you use a whip tap to cue your horse to move its left foot left, as you would when...

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