Author: PJ Janssen

One Pattern – Two Ways! – By Mary Ann Brewer

July 5, 2018 One Pattern – Two Ways! This is a different take on the traditional figure 8 pattern which is below.  In this pattern, draw the horse from between the barrels toward you, when he reaches you, turn with him – shoulder to shoulder and then send him out and around the outside of the first barrel. Repeat Draw your horse toward you, now go the other way, circle with him, shoulder to shoulder and send him out and around the second barrel, Again, draw him toward you and then praise and make much of your horse! To advance this pattern you can ask your horse to walk when you send him away and ask him to trot when he is coming toward you, eventually asking him to canter toward you! You may need to trot backward during the draw phase, thus ‘being the change you want to see in your horse’ In this more traditional figure 8 you can create more drive,  more ability to send your horse away. You’ll need a bit of a longer rope to play with these patterns at higher speeds. I like this pattern for so many relationship building ideas. Balancing your ability to send your horse away and bring him back at any speed, rather than just having your horse follow you. Helping you and your horse become puzzle solvers Your...

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Marvelous Mantras! by Mary Ann Brewer

June 18, 2018 Marvelous Mantras! Mantras are a way for us (the human) to clear our minds and help our horses.  Essentially a mantra is a way to protect us from a run amok imagination, limiting thoughts or beliefs. When we think, and what we think matters to our horses. Our thoughts become our actions and what we put in our thoughts eventually comes out.  This is the way brains work, They are essentially like computers and can only give you what has been input. And, just like computers, the most recent or most often in-put information is what the brain gives us first. Think of it this way, even though you didn’t make the pound sign (#) a hast tag (#), do a google search and see what it gives you! By popular demand and repetition, the pound sign became a hashtag. Take this thinking to our horses What we see, hear and say all the time is what is seeding our subconscious (our mind).  Our brains answer our questions based on popular demand and repetition. Since horses are mind readers, there is nowhere to hide! Let’s use a Mantra! To protect ourselves and ultimately our horses from run amok thinking, a mantra can help. A mantra is: something positive personal easy to remember and perhaps rhythmical designed by you to help you remember who you want to...

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Helping the Herd-bound Horse.

Helping the Herd-bound Horse. So there I was surfing Facebook when I see a post with a video of a herd-bound horse who wont be ridden away from her herd. I was stunned at how many posts there were giving advice. I was further stunned when I read post after post after post after post, advising this horse-owner to “Beat that horse” “Show her who’s boss” “If she gets away with it now, it will be worse next time”  “Get some spurs and a dressage whip” “Hire a professional who will be more aggressive with her” I don’t know, I though there were more people who understood horses!  Here is how I would help the herd-bound horse. Horses, being herd animals (it’s DNA) have a basic need of being together for safety. You know, safety in numbers. If your horse does not want to leave with you, then your horse does not feel safe with you.  Period. You need to become someone who your horse feels safe with. First of all, stop thinking you know what’s going on with your horse and cleanly observe, just the facts.  Like she looked left, she looked right she swished her tail, one ear is facing me and the other is facing backward. Get use to observing putting emotion and interpretation aside for a bit.  You can download my free e-book, it’s a 16 page...

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Failure – Creates Confidence. If you let it! by MaryAnn Brewer

February 14, 2018 Failure – Creates Confidence. If you let it! Anyone who has tried and failed and gotten up to try again, adding something different. will tell you, failure is your friend and a mighty teacher and motivator. Have you heard this quote by the novelist and poet CS Lewis? “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” Here’s two by Zig Ziglar – Author, salesman and motivational speaker. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Here are three by Tony Robbins – Author, Life Coach, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” – Tony Robbins What is the common thread here? It’s what we do with our failures that counts. Fear of failure in the horse owner world is paralyzing many into inaction. If we try, we will fail and we will succeed, all on the same ride, walk or training session with our horses, it’s inevitable! Learn from those mistakes....

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