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Horses With Their Own World

Last weekend when my grandson Kaiden came out to see the horses in their new location, he said, “they have their own world now.” The place has no grass but lots of trees and interesting places to explore. It’s very big, I’m not sure what it would be considered in acreage, and has hills and…

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The Horse/Human Care Priority List

One day some years ago I was riding my gelding Khami at a fast trot along some side trails, then dropping into a sweet arroyo, then swooping back out of the sand to head up a rocky hillside. The light and shadows created by low hung branches played across the canyon, the sun kissed the…

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May The Herd Be With You

In the pasture, the horses usually gallop off to one particular favorite place, up over the ridge to where some colts are stabled. Then I hike up there and my mare Zuzka rounds everyone up when I ask the horses to come back with me. This time, my gelding Khami took over, and he got…

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Equine Liberty Training: A Year in Review

2014 saw the birth of the Independent Liberty Trainers Network (ILTN), a loose knit group of seven trainers from three different countries, who spearheaded a new paradigm for the horse. ILTN clinicians gave clinics on equine liberty training to students around the globe: in Spain, Norway, Colombia, U.S., Denmark, Italy, Australia, UK, Caribbean and New…

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The Shaping of a Liberty Horse

Two days. Five horses. Nine people. Liberty Foundations. I’ve been talking for awhile about how we put the Liberty Foundations on a horse in a clinic. This last weekend in Florida we had several examples of how we did that with four new horses who had never experienced this work before. I picked out one…

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5 paths to building connection with horses

The paths to building connection with a horse will vary from horse to horse. Although we have the same general principles in place for each horse, we work with the horse where he is at the moment, not where we would like him to be. While we still maintain our human goals of wanting the…

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What do you love about your horse?

Now first I ask this question because it is a part of the whole perspective about experiencing Liberty Horsemanship with your horse — the getting-to-know-you part that’s so important. What do you love about your horse? For the person who is not sure they love their horse at all, it makes them stop and think.…

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Feel Invisible Threads of Connection with your Horse

The herd grazes on the high desert plains, snatching mouthfuls of grasses if there are any. When they are thirsty, they are generally thirsty as a group, because the water hole may be some distance from where they are grazing. One horse may raise his head from the ground, listening to some sound in the…