Natural Horsemanship

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3 Rules to Maximize Time Off - Periods of downtime come as realistic parts of horse ownership, although how a rider uses these stretches of poor weather or busy schedules contributes profoundly to a horse’s long-term soundness and performance. Recent data from biomechanics researchers and veterinary schools shows that large vacillations in fitness can be detrimental to overall health, particularly for horses past their mid-teen years. Most notably, periods of lesser activity lasting over a month can weaken deep postural muscles and supporting soft tissue.

Every so often you encounter a story that really sticks with you. You find yourself reflecting on it as you’re going about your daily routines. You wonder, “Why did that happen? How can I help?” That’s what happened when I first heard about a young horse named Noel.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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