Kandoo-Kansay

Day 42 - Teaching Patterns 100 days Nov 11, 2017

Horses are great pattern learners and this can make or break our relationship with them!

Whether we are aware of it or not, we are training our horses with each and every interaction we have. What that really means is that we are setting up patterns of behaviour - habits. This is how behaviours...

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Day 41 - Deciding When to Teach 100 days Nov 11, 2017

Last time we talked about the steps involved in teaching stops (if you missed that, go along to the blog and read it here).

By setting up a really good pattern for the horse to follow, in about 10 minutes we can have a great 'stop'. There are a few reasons why this works so well and is so...

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Day 40 - Stops 100 days Nov 11, 2017

A couple of days ago I broke down the 'stops' lesson into:

Spot - left front foot
Direction - still or pivot
Motivator - visual, voice, rein pressure
Reward - release of pressure, praise, scratch

Lesson Steps

1) This lesson is taught from the ground. Have a bridle on your horse and the reins over...

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Day 39 - Can I ask you a question? 100 days Nov 10, 2017

Can I ask you a question?

A couple of days ago I asked you if you'd ever not taught something or not did something with your horse because you didn't want to 'ruin' him/her.

If you've ever found yourself doing that, even once, could you leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me what it...

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Day 38 - Breaking it down 100 days Nov 10, 2017

Last time we talked about how easy it is to shy away from teaching your horse something because you're afraid of getting it wrong and ruining your horse and today I'm going to give you an example of how you can break a lesson down into manageable chunks that will, not only make it easy for you to...

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Day 37 - Are You Getting It Wrong? 100 days Nov 09, 2017

Last time I asked you to leave me a comment about whether or not you'd ever decided against training something because you were worried about getting it wrong and 'ruining' your horse.

I've heard this so much and, while I can understand the sentiment, I think it's often an excuse for doing...

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Day 36 - "I didn't want to get it wrong" 100 days Nov 09, 2017

Last time I posted about how pleasantly surprised I was with the positive and enthusiastic reception I received from my free training videos that were available for a short time and if you missed that one you can read it here.

Like pretty much everything, it got me thinking about horse training...

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Day 35 - Social Media Surprise 100 days Nov 09, 2017

Today I just wanted to mention how pleasantly surprised I’ve been with social media recently.

I don’t know about you but I find that Facebook can be a rather hostile environment at times. Just seeing armchair warriors ripping shreds off well-intentioned people with little or no...

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Day 34 - Chickens and Eggs 100 days Nov 03, 2017

I think it's really important that your horse learns to relax under saddle and travel correctly BEFORE you ask for a good quality gait (such as a good working trot or a powerful extension). 

As I mentioned last time, your horse can only think of one thing at a time and if that is speed,...

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Day 33 - Goal Setting and Confidence 100 days Nov 03, 2017

Half the fun of going on any journey is in the planning - choosing the route, booking the hotels or finding the campsites, even working out what you need to take and packing (although some of you may disagree with this one). Of course, you'd never set out on a journey without doing this first,...

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Day 32 - What Is Confidence? 100 days Nov 03, 2017

You can't buy it in a bottle or pop it in a pill, though many have tried, so how do you really improve your riding confidence?

For me, it's a bit like loading a horse on a trailer - the whole horse is very big and the trailer is very small. Trying to get the huge horse onto the tiny trailer is...

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Day 31 - The Gratitude Attitude 100 days Nov 03, 2017

Having a daily practice of gratitude can really lift your happiness levels because it gets you focused on the good things in your life.

We can become so stressed and focused on what 'has to be done', our arm-long To Do lists and the needs of those around us that life simply passes by without us...

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