The Spooky Mirror

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
Have you ever ridden in an arena where there seems to be a spooky corner, or a scary side, or a monster behind the mirror and your horse just doesn't want to go there? Yes…. Let's take a look and find out if there is indeed a reason for this. Often these things start off quite innocent with your  ...
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Keeping The Balance

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
Having horses can be a challenge and many people find it difficult to keep the balance in particular if there are other aspects of life to consider. All to often riders give up on their passion because it seems all too difficult. So lets have a look at some of the challenges that might come up for  ...
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How Important are our Horses’ Emotions

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
At a recent health seminar I attended, I was reminded of the importance of looking at patients holistically; in particular, to consider physical, chemical and emotional stresses. This prompted me to ask the question "Do we assess equine health holistically?" When assessing human health issues, we w  ...
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Controlling Your Mind and Body

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
I just came across a quote from Ian Frances which I totally agree with. "If we accept the concept that a horse's front feet control his direction and his hind feet control his impulsion..... then it would seem logical to hook the front feet to your hands and the hind feet to your legs." ( Ian Franc  ...
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What to Look For When Buying a Horse

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
Buying a new horse is a big deal for most riders, in particular when the rider is not so experienced. The biggest mistake many riders make when buying a new horse is that they get emotionally involved which the horse they are looking at instead of staying focused on their needs and their own experie  ...
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What to Look For When Buying a Horse part2

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
What to look for when buying a Horse continued.... Rule No. 4: When you arrange a time to see the horse make sure you get there early. If the horse is already tacked up ½ hour before you were meant to get there I would want to know why. Either it is hard to catch or it has been ridden before  ...
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Some Day Island

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
Do you live on 'some day island' or do you live every day as if it is your last? Too many people are putting things off, waiting for the right time when they have • More time • Enough money • Reached retirement • The kids left home......... If we are not careful we spend our enti  ...
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Softness and Where it Comes From

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
As riders we want our horses to be soft and supple and to some extent we expect this as soon as our horse has reached a certain phase in their schooling and education. I often hear riders say:" my horse knows how to do this or it should just be able to do this." I always work with the understanding  ...
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Rebuilding Your Confidence

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
Have you recently had a bad fall and lost your confidence in yourself and your horse? I speak to riders all the time that have had a really bad experiences, and most of them deal with it by saying "I have to push through my fears and somehow just get back on the horse and forget everything that hap  ...
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On The Road With Tanja Mitton

By / 19th March, 2014 / Articles /
CLINIC ON THE SUNSHINE COAST February started with a bit of a treat by having a Two-Day- Confidence Clinic on the Sunshine Coast near home. We had a great little group of riders, most traveled from the Brisbane area up to Beerwah. The riders were of various levels ranging from novice to advanced a  ...
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