To understand what’s going on in your horse’s head when it
spooks, we have to go back in time………………
Long before any of us thought about sitting on a horse, they
learned to survive by running first, and thinking later. They had to rely on their instinct and learn
to distinguish predators very quickly before they became lunch.
The fight or flight
instinct is a reptilian response which sits in the cerebellum. When compared to a human brain, the horse’s cerebellum
is large which makes the functions that sit in here very refined.
I’ve read a couple
of articles recently about equine wearable technology.
Technology advances all of the time and is all
around us in many forms such as veterinary equipment, waterproof fabrics and
information technology; ‘wearables’ for animals is set to be one of the fastest
growing sectors. Mostly, much of this technology is still out of the reach of
the leisure rider but is being employed more and more to improve
performance. The way the technology
works is to send feedback about a particular aspect of the horse which, over
time, can be collated to inform their management and training.
When you run your own business,
making contact with the outside world is usually an essential part of
life. There are many ways of doing this,
for example by marketing, using social media, website etc, but at some point,
we normally have to meet people face to face.
As a Myers Briggs Type Indicator
(MBTI) Practitioner, my work includes helping clients understand their
personality preferences and how they can impact on their life. From this understanding, it’s easy to find strategies
to make them work positively.
As it's Valentine's Day, there's love in the air for all sorts of things.
One of the main aspects ofPositive Psychologyis to feel gratitude about life, and people are encouraged to write
gratitude diaries to reflect on what's in their life that's good.
can be large or small, and you'd be surprised at the things you notice
once you start. When did you last notice the colour of a brooding sky
before a storm; when did you feel the freedom of the wind in your hair;
when did you hear children laughing?
What does a torch and your tummy button got to do with riding perfect turns every time?
Do you ever find that you overshoot turns when you're riding, or turn too soon and find yourself wobbling up that centre line?
Often, it's because your horse isn't turning as one unit, so either drifts through the shoulder, or steps sideways towards the turn, rather than round it. A supple horse will turn better, but even then, if we're not balanced and in the right place, it makes it harder for the horse.
We al lknow that one ofthe best ways to help our horses work well, is to make sure we're ridng in good balance. Using rising trot is a great way of freering your hrose's back, energising the hind legs and encouraging forward movement.
However, I often see riders 'behind the movment' essentially applying the hand-brake and expecting the horse ot pull them along too. Usually, it is the mechanism of the rising trot that can be improved.
So, other than going up and down in time to the trot, how do you actually do rising trot (sometimes called posting)?
Hello everyone, Mr Ed here.
I’ve been asked to contribute to this blog so you get to know
things from a horse’s point of view. I’m
really excited about it, so I hope you enjoy it!
Have you ever gone to your horse in the stable, or gone to
get on for your lesson, or watched someone ride and wondered how the horse was
feeling or what he was thinking? Do you ever wish you could make a better
relationship with the horse you’re riding?
One of the ways that you can understand more about us is by watching our
How would you like to be even more confident when you’re
at work, with friends, or perhaps in an interview? How quickly would you like to use the skills
and strategies that have helped top business and sports people such as Bill
Gates and Sir Bradley Wiggins get to the top of their game?
Most people would
say that they’d like to be more confident at some time in their life. This might be a generalised confidence, or
in specific circumstances for example taking a test, or starting a new job.
which of your strengths is most useful to you?