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Day 30 - Confidence and Happiness 100 days Nov 03, 2017

Just like health, happiness is something we have to work at, with purpose. 

The majority of readers here are women (sorry about this for a moment fellas) and we are conditioned to put our happiness last, after we've taken care of everyone else. More often than not, it's never...

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Day 29 - Confidence and Health 100 days Nov 03, 2017

There is no doubt that being healthy improves every aspect of our lives and none more than our riding.

The simplest of things, such as being a bit overweight, can have a compound effect on our horses and our riding. For example, the saddle will sit differently on the horse if we gain weight and...

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Day 28 - Doughnuts and Riding Confidence 100 days Nov 03, 2017

I often hear "I just need a bit more confidence" or "I lost my confidence" but what does that really mean? What exactly is it that we have lost and how can we get it back?

It seems to start with a horse training problem - perhaps the horse bucked you off or has become difficult to handle on the...

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Day 27 - Reactive Vs Proactive 100 days Oct 27, 2017

The more we can direct the horse's movements, engage his/her brain and the more proactive we are, the safer we become and the more the horse can relax.

When you forget that you are training your horse with each and every interaction or ride, then it's easy to become reactive - correcting or...

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Day 26 - Green-On-Green Revisited 100 days Oct 27, 2017

Last time I mentioned that I no longer believed that the 'bombproof' horse was the best or only option for the inexperienced rider. In fact, I've seen so many beginner and novice riders being sold horses that are supposedly suitable, being bombproof, been-there-done-that and quiet as mice, that...

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Day 25 - Green Horse - Green Rider 100 days Oct 25, 2017

I remember, many decades ago, when I bought my first horse out of school. Of course, I went to the tried-stock sale in Sydney and bought an OTT called Henry (the Horse). Actually, I can't remember what his racing name was.

Oh, how young, naive, stupid and brave we all were!

I'd learned the term...

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Day 24 - Long-Reining 100 days Oct 24, 2017

I understand the need to be able to see how the horse is going before jumping aboard. When you are already in the saddle, it's WAY too late to be finding out that the horse's education is lacking, he's fresh as a daisy or can buck like a bronco.

The problem with using lunging to check this is...

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Day 23 - Lunging 100 days Oct 24, 2017

You may know that I'm not a big advocate of lunging. I just feel it so often involves chasing the horse and is used to tire the horse or 'take the edge off' before riding. 

Surely there are better ways to engage the horse for learning than chasing it in circles....

When lunging the horse...

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Day 22 - The Silent Partner 100 days Oct 23, 2017

Last time I mentioned that I'd tell you about something John Lyons told me many years ago. It goes something like this:

"Remember that you have all the dreams and plans. You want to go trail riding, play polo, try show jumping or compete in reining. 

Your horse is your partner.

So, you have...

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Day 21 - "It's Supposed to be FUN!" 100 days Oct 19, 2017

I remember, as a newly married 22-year-old (yes, I know, that's young), my first time skiing (on honeymoon, in fact in a chalet with 14 other 'friends'), standing atop a blue run, terrified, my husband (#1) said to me by way of encouraging me out of my catatonic state:

"It's supposed to...

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Day 20 - The Relaxed Cowboy 100 days Oct 19, 2017

The thing that first struck me, on my first day of the John Lyons Certification Program, was how relaxed Josh's horse was.

I'd come from a discipline where we 'hang on' to our horses all the time, for no reason!

It took less than one day for my horse to learn that if I drop the reins, you just...

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Day 19 - A Great Attitude 100 days Oct 19, 2017

You know when someone tells you something that completely changes the way you view things? I'm sure you know what I mean!

I was told, many years ago by a very experienced trainer, that he "treats every horse (he rides) like it's the only horse in the world".

Now, for...

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