Author: PJ Janssen

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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Groundwork that Transfers to Riding.

Groundwork that Transfers to Riding. By – Mary Ann Brewer When you think of groundwork, what are you actually doing?  Maybe lunging or round penning, maybe cross tying?  These are all potentially helpful skills to teach your horse but do they help you in your riding? Here are two tips to transfer your groundwork into riding and to create a horse who is as light as a want to!  Tip one: When you interact with your horse on the ground, do it from the riding area.  This will create a habit for your horse of listening to you from behind him (behind his head and neck.)  He will learn to think back to you on the ground so you’ll have a more attentive and connected horse when you ride without the use of bits or tie downs. For more on helping your horse to follow your intention see the blog post called “Horses Push” Horses tend to put their human’s in front of them.  This way, the prey animal can keep an eye on their predators! It takes a certain amount of trust to give over leadership.  In a natural herd of horses, the leader does not necessarily go first. If you find it hard to get back to the riding area and send your horse forward see the blog post called “Horses Push.” You’ll want to be able to lead your horse from the riding area on both the...

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Wounds: When to Call the Vet

Wounds: When to Call the Vet Katharine J Porter, VMD   We all know the scenario: You head out to the barn to feed, or to bring your equine partner in from a day of turnout, and see that somehow, despite all your precautions, your horse has managed to sustain a wound. After the initial dismay of how your horse could have possibly injured himself, you are faced with the question: Do I need to call the vet or can I manage this wound on my own? One sure and steadfast rule is that it is NEVER wrong to call your veterinarian if your horse has a wound, or if you have any concerns or questions. Otherwise, listed below are a few characteristics to look for when you are evaluating a wound on your horse that would indicate the wound should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Full Thickness Lacerations: Full thickness lacerations extend entirely through the skin (the epidermis and dermis), exposing or involving deeper tissues. A trick to determine if a wound is full thickness is to place a clean or gloved finger (if your horse will allow you to safely do so) on one skin edge and pull back. If the opposite skin edge moves with your edge, the wound is partial thickness at that location (a laceration may only be full thickness at certain sections along...

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