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When should I ride my horse?

by Susan Smith This question comes to me often: When can I ride my horse? How much can I ride my horse? In our society, there is a strong push to get horses back to work after an injury or illness, just as there is with people. If you have a surgery, you can be back…

Meet Bec Jordan – New Liberty Trainers Network Member!

Bec Jordan, Queensland, Australia, is one of Australia’s finest Liberty Horse Trainers!  She began studying with Ruella Yates, founder of Liberty Foundations and Liberty Foundations Online, two years ago, after a lifetime with horses and a career at her Kind Equine. Read Bec’s story in her own words, and enjoy her amazing videos! .I’m Bec Jordan,…

Going beyond second chances

It is amazing how a nice experience can change your perspective about things, persons or, in this case, animals. As I shared in my last blog entrance about second chances with horses, it is wonderful how feelings can change in such a positive way. I was not scared anymore about getting close to these medieval…

Horses make me feel alive

Being a working student or apprentice here at our Academy is a life changing experience. In this week’s blog you will hear more from my current apprentice Jonna.  If you have a solid background with horses, we have a couple of apprentice positions here in St. Vincent for 2016. I will have a liberty training…

In Loving Memory: A Horse In A Million

By Susan Smith – In Loving Memory – April 12. 1989-August 15. 2015 Khami, my bay Arabian gelding of 26 years, passed away quickly today of what appeared to be a heart attack. He was doing what he loved to do, running with his beloved herd, when he collapsed and died shortly after. This horse…

Mindful Therapy, Colombus and Clinics

I am happy to announce that I will do a clinic at Marjam’s Ranch, close to Gardermoen in Norway the 26th and 27th of September. Marjam got in touch with me and was looking for ways to improve the connection with her horse. We talked for a while on FB and email and decided to do…

A night to remember

Do you know the feeling you get when finding out someone else speaks your language? Or when something you are looking forward to finally happens? June 14th 2015 was a day I looked forward to for many reasons, and that was even truer during the night before. Instead of sleeping, I was laying down in…

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The Vanishing Face of “GAIA”

GAIA came into my life in 2010. She was two years old and I had partaken in creating her life. I was responsible too. Among the horses I rescued in 2007, were two stallions that we later named Danny and Jack. Many of you heard of, have seen photos of and even met Jack. Danny…

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Brio’s Journey Part 4

Depending on the behavior du jour, I wavered between replacing her with a placid, well-mannered mount and soldiering on with her, building on the progress we’d made together with clicker training. My commitment to this horse — initially to the yet-to-be purchased Dream Horse, then to the post-Cranky Pants mare I prayed she would morph into – could no longer be sustained by an ideal.