Natural Horsemanship

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What is the drive line? In this excerpt from my book, I will explore the drive line and how important it is for you to understand where it is on the horse’s anatomy and how the horse responds to it when working at liberty, or when the horse is loose in the round pen. This, of course, is not a real, physical line; it is an imaginary vertical line which determines by body language the direction the horse will go in relation to your position in front of, or behind, the line. Think of the line more as a zone, not a hard line. Remember that every horse is different so the line’s position may also be different. Once you have the line firmly positioned in your mind, communicating with your horse will become easier, smoother, and more productive.

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One rein riding is simply riding your horse without a bridle, using instead a regular halter and lead, with the lead as your single rein. It’s a simple tack change, but a great way to brush up on the basics with all levels of horses. It will very quickly reveal to you how well started your horse really is.

 Jonathan Field, Natural Horsemanship, Mounting a Horse, Mounting a Green Horse, Horse Behaviour

In this article I will describe the procedure I use to safely mount a horse, and point out some important things to be aware of when mounting and dismounting. Whether you are preparing your young horse for the future or developing good habits with your older horse, there are several key points every horseperson should know.

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By incorporating lots of variety into our lives with horses, we create purpose. Purpose gives meaning to the everyday exercises that, if overdone, can make a horse sour. But with variety and purpose, we and our horses can both build confidence and have a lot of fun!

Jonathan Field, Jonathan Field Conference, George Morris, Craig Johnson, Bruce Logan, Herb Williams, Nathan Day, Natural Horsemanship

The lineup for the conference included George Morris, a legendary horseman in the world of show jumping; Craig Johnson, a world champion reiner and clinician; Bruce Logan, who specializes in cow horses, cutting and colt starting; and of course, gifted horseman and clinician Jonathan Field spearheading, coordinating, and choreographing the entire event.

Jonathan Field Liberty

Jonathan Field, George Morris, Craig Johnson, Bruce Logan, Nathan Day, Herb Williams. These master horsemen from various disciplines will be coming to Calgary, Alberta to share their considerable knowledge at the inaugural Jonathan Field and Friends International Horsemanship Conference to be held September 20 to 21 at the Agrium Western Event Centre at the Calgary Stampede.

Horse Personality Profiling

When starting to work with a new horse, I am never sure what I’m faced with. In order to make my training time with that particular horse more efficient, I need to know more about his personality. Several factors influence how teachable a horse might be.

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