Trust is key in your relationship with your horse. When a horse trusts you, they look to you for guidance, especially in unfamiliar situations. A horse that trusts its human companion is calmer, more confident, and better equipped to handle new challenges. Follow these 7 simple steps to build a strong, trust-filled relationship with your […]
Too Cold ❄️, Windy 💨, or Rainy 🌧️ to Ride? Don’t Let Bad Weather Dampen Your Spirits! Even when the weather isn’t ideal for riding, there’s a whole world of activities you can enjoy with your horse. From grooming to ground training, there are numerous ways to deepen your bond and keep your horse engaged […]
Most horses enjoy learning and working things out (just like us humans). But if a task is too difficult, the horse can become frustrated or confused. To avoid this, make learning easy and enjoyable for your horse by breaking the task down into super-simple steps.
Are you looking for activities you and your horse can do at home? There are lots of things you can do! Here’s a list of activities that are fun, useful, and will make your relationship even better!
You’ve seen those horses that are best friends. They are nearly always close to each other and call out if they are parted or nicker when they see each other again. They have what is called a ‘pair-bond’. While your horse will never think of you as another horse, there are ways that you can […]
I like to offer my horses different toys to play with and see what they want to do with them. Letting your horse have a say in the play process will really increase your horse’s motivation and enjoyment.
Horses that like each other, groom each other. It is one of the ways they care for each other and maintain their relationships. You can do something similar by finding a brush that your horse really likes and having regular grooming sessions. They only need to be short – just a few minutes every day.
Here are 31 fun and useful things to do with your horse – other than riding (includes bonding activities)
Is your horse bored? Or would you like to try something new to engage your horse and motivate them? Here are some ideas that your horse should really enjoy. 1. Teach Your Horse to Paint It seems that some horses are quite creative. Horses can be taught to pick up a paintbrush and apply paint […]
Try spending some time ‘doing nothing’ with your horse each week. It will have a positive effect on all aspects of your training and relationship. With our busy schedules, we often have “just enough time” with our horses. Just enough time to quickly brush and get in a quick ride, just enough time to lunge […]
It’s hard to admit but a few years ago I realized that most of the horses I had owned would rather be in a large field, eating grass with their horse friends, than being ridden or working with me. Now I understand why. I used to catch my horse, groom him, saddle him, ride him, […]