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It is at liberty and without tack – so it must be horse-friendly, no?

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14/01/2017

For what the horse does under compulsion,
is done without understanding;
and there is no beauty in it either,
any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.
– Xenophon
 

With liberty work and training having gained in popularity in recent years, you come across a lot of this type of work…


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Thermoregulation and Rugging of Horses

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15/12/2016

To rug or not to rug – this can be a controversial issue and the answer and decisions on this question are often more led by personal ideas and interests of us humans than what the horse actually needs.

The reason I feel I like to address this topic is…


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Holding Space – Learning from Horses

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02/12/2016

In healing and therapeutic circles, you may come across the concept of “Holding Space” for others. It means that we are present for somebody else who is going through a rough period of struggle and pain which may finally lead to personal growth and inner transformation. In this process,…


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On Pain – and Indications and Signs of Discomfort and Distress.

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27/11/2016

I came across a short clip of a horse of a high-level international showjumper while being saddled which had been posted on facebook a few days ago. The horse did not look very happy and showed clear signs of discomfort during the process of tacking up. The behaviour could…


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The not so obvious

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17/11/2016

There are welfare problems that are obvious such as emaciation and neglect, and then there are those which are more hidden. Those where the horses appear to be well looked after…well fed, well groomed, well cared for.

Horses have evolved as social animals living in groups who move around and…


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Trust

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04/09/2016

A lot is spoken and talked about the trust of the horse and how to build it. We are looking for techniques and methods and training tools and appropriate and suitable ways to make the horse feel safe, comfortable and secure in order to strengthen his trust in humans….


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Heart-to-Heart-Connections with Horses are not all that sentimental

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18/08/2016

First, thank you to Jenna who brought my attention to this fascinating research again which I like to share with you and which caused me to write the following lines.

We are still living in a world where we are not always comfortable to openly speak about matters of the…


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How to achieve Connection with Horses

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03/08/2016

Below you may find a few guiding principles for connecting with horses. These are not exclusive and of course there can be said much more with regard to each of them. However, it is a starting point in order to invite the horse into a relationship based on trust,…


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The Culture of Dominance in Horse Training

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29/07/2016

When we take a look at the mainstream horse training methods, we are very often confronted with forms of dominance towards horses requesting them to enter into submission to our demands. Looking closely at the horses’ reactions, this is regularly accompanied by subtle (or not so subtle) signs of…


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Seeing Horses as They are.

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23/07/2016

Kindness and open-minded curiosity are needed to cross boundaries and build bridges between species – and by the way not only species, but also between races, cultures, religions, nationalities, genders, etc.

I read an article on the ‘new’ science of animal emotions and the problem with anthropomorphism (the attribution of…

ISABELL FREUND
IRELAND & GERMANY

Certified Equine Acupressure Practitioner