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Understanding your horseโ€™s body language, with Debbie Busby, Equine Clinical Behaviourist

equine behaviour Oct 02, 2023

What is body language?

Body language is the display of instinctive or learned physical signals that help horses communicate with each other and with us. Communication is about sending a message that is received and understood by somebody else, and communication between horses and humans is a two-way process; horses learn our communication signals, and we can learn their signals; what they are saying to us. Horses have lots of ways of communicating via body language and they do it very well,...

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HOW you can improve your horses movement

This weeks Blog is on the different parts of your horses movement that you can improve! 

Whether they are heavy on the forehand, not working over the back, crooked in their limb patterns, these are all parts of the horses movement that we can positively influence, and actually the effects are far reaching in terms of both the movement AND the horses wellness. 

Last week in my Blog and posts I talked about the thoracic sling, the sling of muscles that suspends the front section of...

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Why improve your horses posture?

core engagement posture Sep 11, 2023

Postural improvement work with horses is one of my specific areas of focus, especially as I have a lot of experience with horses going through 'kissing spine', which is often a postural issue. 

I like to share my knowledge around posture, and how to assess your own horse, so that you can keep an eye on your horses posture and notice when things maybe need improving. Making changes before your horse starts struggling is always the best option...or even better, is to have your horse in...

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Long term management of 'kissing spine' in horses

kissing spine Aug 14, 2023

Owning a horse that has been through kissing spine treatment/rehab is a really unique and unfortunately difficult part of horse ownership. 

Having been through it myself as a horse owner (in addition to working with many clients horses), and through a lengthy rehab process with my horse, I am fully aware of all of the ups and downs of the process, the changes that need to be made, and the emotional toll it can take on the owner. 

The reality with owning a horse that has had kissing...

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How Horses Learn, with Debbie Busby, Clinical Equine Behaviourist

training Aug 07, 2023

Why is it important to understand how horses learn?

This weeks Blog is written by Debbie Busby, Clinical Equine Behaviourist and is an interesting insight into the ways that horses learn and ways that we can help our horses to learn! Debbie is one of the guest experts in my Strength & Straightness Programme and is joining us live this month...details below! 

How do horses learn to do what we want them to do? We can understand this by exploring psychological learning theory....

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Dealing with overwhelm with horses

mindset Jul 31, 2023

Horses can be massively overwhelming...especially if we are going through rehab or an issue or changing what we're doing in terms of training or exercise (change on its own can be difficult!). 

And a lot of what we experience during overwhelm can be down to our mindset and the thoughts that run through our heads, unfiltered. 

Last week in both my equine training and my online business support groups we were working on mindset and motivation, so I wanted to write a blog about it too,...

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One shoulder bigger than the other in your horse?

crookedness Jul 10, 2023

Uneven shoulders is quite a common issue, as it relates to the horses naturally occurring crookedness pattern (their left or right handedness).

If you look along your horses back (from behind - if safe to do so!), with the horse standing square, you will be able to see their shoulders and whether they appear ‘even’ or not.

It’s often accepted as ‘that’s how they are’ etc…BUT did you know that you can actively work on this pattern and create much more...

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Equine Posture & Movement Improvement Tips

movement posture May 30, 2023

Equine Posture & Movement Improvement is one of the specific areas that I work in with horses, which I do through exercise rehabilitation, particularly core and body strengthening and symmetry training in hand - I love the transformations that I see in horses and horse/rider partnerships, when the horses postural and crookedness patterns are addressed at source! 

So here are some of my Tips, ahead of next weeks Free Training Week (details below!). 

First step back and assess...

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Common movement issues in the horse

This week I am talking about some of the common movement 'issues' in the horse...they are present in all horses to one degree or another, they are issues within exercise and might actually feel like something different to what's actually happening in the horses body. 

It's good to be clear about what the main movement issues are, so that we can assess our horse and understand where we need to improve their movement or strength, to improve what we are feeling or seeing. And this...

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Tips for strengthening your horse

As an Equine Physiotherapist & Rehabilitation Specialist, one of the main parts of my work to is look at improving the horses movement, and when I make amendments to horses' exercise/rehab plans to develop more full body strength, the difference in their movement and ability is quite transformational!! 

A horse can be doing 'ok' and able to do most of what is required BUT when you add some specific strength work to the horses routine, to genuinely strengthen the core and condition...

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