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When force meets talons.
When expectation meets reality.
You’ve probably noticed that a few of my cartoons poke fun at natural horsemanship (NH). The only reason I do this is because, in my opinion, the philosophy of NH is very, very misleading. They say they’re using the language of the horse and it’s a gentler way to train. My question is, Compared to what? Continue reading
How to read your horse’s non-verbal communication.
Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the blubbering little hobbits from The Lord of the Rings. I was in a pet shop the other day and a very young, lone Quaker parrot was screeching his little lungs out. His cage was not far off the ground, so I knelt down and had a little chat with him in my best parrot voice.
This consisted of chirping noises, a few clicks, whistles and of course a “pretty bird” or two. In less than a second, the little screecher was cocking its head and watching me intently. Continue reading
It’s all in the eye of the beholder.
The dolls made me do it.
Hearing voices in the tack room?
I can’t set foot in any horse training arena without hearing something like,
The release is the reward.
Horses learn through pressure/release/reward.
Horses work for the release.
That’s great but, notice that the so called reward always comes after something, usually irritating, that needs to be released. Hmmmm. Continue reading
How to get anything to stay put.
Some guys just never get used to it.