Kandoo-Kansay

Day 18 - Why Language Matters 100 days Oct 19, 2017

When it comes to naming physical things such as a girth (or a cinch as those of you in the US would say), language is not that important. We can all make ourselves understood in a foreign country when we need to loo, right?

However, when we are talking about concepts that are...

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Day 17 - US Lingo and Misunderstandings 100 days Oct 19, 2017

After moving to the USA, I made a wonderful friend, Eta, and began teaching riding at Lionshare Farm in Connecticut - it was her ex-Olympic horse that I was riding every day.

I applied for the John Lyons Certification Program, and on acceptance, I was posted the list of things to bring. It...

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Day 16 - Back in the USA 100 days Oct 19, 2017

I left you hanging a few days ago with my decision to do the John and Josh Lyons Certification Program in Colorado in 2001 so I'll talk about the logistics of that decision today.

It was not as simple as I'd first imagined, needless to say, haha.

The course ran over a period of 7...

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Day 15 - On the Subject of Kit 100 days Oct 19, 2017

Last week I sent you a copy of the article about noseband tightness, which showed that when overtightened, nosebands caused stress in the horse (but not when conventionally tightened).

I bring this up again because of something that I read on Facebook this morning.

There was quite a lot of...

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Day 14 - Another Cool Bit of Kit 100 days Oct 14, 2017

I know, I'm a nerd (if you want to know how much of a nerd then take a look at the Eat, Ride, Love Course, oh my!) and a few days ago I was singing the praises of heart rate monitors, for our horses and ourselves.

The other bit of nerdy kit that I love is rein-tension monitors. No, I'm serious!

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Day 13 - Why Science (Reason #2) 100 days Oct 13, 2017

Yesterday I told you how I left Singapore and moved to the USA in search of a trainer that could help me find a better, kinder, more gentle way of training and achieving the performance I was after. 

The US has a TON of trainers! Wow, I had my research cut out for me. So I asked...

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FREE Online Training Outline Uncategorized Oct 13, 2017

Wow, thank you for your responses!

I will be releasing the free training shortly, in the meantime, please share this with anyone that would like to be notified when the training is released.

Also, if you haven't already, sign up for my 100 Days email series - get a new tip, video, chat or other...

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Day 12 - Why Science (Reason #1) 100 days Oct 12, 2017

I was fortunate enough to find myself living in the USA for a few years from the beginning of 2000. Between you and me, I didn't move there 'with bells on' as they say - more of the kicking and screaming type of relocation. It's hard to convince someone that is riding 6-8 hours a day and playing...

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Day 11 - "He KNOWS That" 100 days Oct 11, 2017

The heart rate (together with heart rate variability and eye temperature) data in the noseband experiment that I discussed yesterday, demonstrated that it is often difficult to know when a horse is stressed or anxious.

Have you ever thought that your horse knows what you...

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Day 10 - Measuring Stress and Anxiety in Horses 100 days Oct 10, 2017

When we were carrying out the experiment on tight nosebands (you can download the published article here, over 45,000 people have!) the thing that surprised me the most was the complete lack of obvious signs that the horses were stressed.

I remember saying to the student...

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Day 9 - Heart Rate Variability 100 days Oct 09, 2017

Yesterday I discussed heart rate variability (HRV) as a measure of stress in both horses and their humans. 

HRV is a useful measure of stress as it is unaffected by exercise - so, even if the horse is jogging about in front of the trailer, HRV will not be...

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Day 8 - Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Trailer? 100 days Oct 08, 2017

I often get asked out to teach horses to trailer load - you remember from Day 6's email, "my horse is perfect, but .....". What I invariably found was, not only a very fearful horse but often an owner even more overcome with fear and anxiety.

I know this because I make it a habit of putting heart...

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