Going Around in Circles

We’ve hosted a few lunging workshops over the past two months and it has been interesting to see what people look for in lunging, how they use it and what they believe it achieves. The use of the lunge ring (or longe ring/round pen, depending on which part of the world you live in) was…

Consider Yourself

Equanimity has been systematically undergoing changes for the past few months. Transitions are incredibly taxing and the constant strain of metamorphosis takes its toll on a person. With the comings and goings of clients as we undergo these transitions, there has only been one piece of advise I have been giving clients as they leave;…

Being Proactive

If you have at any stage in your equestrian journey, experienced an existential crisis of Hempfling-like proportions, then you have the horse’s best interest at heart. The equestrian industry has fanatics on every conceivable end of the spectrum of crazy, inevitably induced by a love for all things equine. If you still have some manner…

Challenge is Feedback

Humans are riddled with emotions. We are designed to be swayed by our feelings, which are connected not only to our sense of self, but also to our intuition, our perception and our outlook on the world. Often when we are working with horses, coworkers, family or friends, we bring these emotions to the proverbial…

Already Perfect

“You cannot teach your horse anything.” Sandy said, smiling with that familiar glint of wisdom in her eyes. I had to pause to think about this statement. It is not a statement one expects to hear from a trainer and it is hard to accept as a trainer as well. The more I thought about…

The Aids: The Lower Back

The other aids are often spoken about, but the importance of the lower back in ground work, as well as riding has been lost. The lower back, along with the hip sockets, is one of the most integral parts of our bodies in terms of allowing or blocking the flow of energy. In many ways,…

Irked by Distractions

It is a common scene. You arrive at the stables, 10 minutes late for your lesson. You rush over to the paddock to grab your horse, but he runs circles around you. After struggling a further 5 minutes, you eventually catch your horse and lead him up to your car where you hunt to find grooming…

Timing is Everything

We have already extensively discussed B. F. Skinner’s theory of Operant Conditioning. The four quadrants of conditioning, namely Positive Reinforcement, Positive Punishment, Negative Reinforcement and Negative Punishment, are frequently utilized by parents in order to shape their children’s behaviour. In the case of equines, some riders still believe that they can use positive and negative…