The Legend of Monty Roberts

In the early 1940’s, a young man decided to oppose the brutality of equine “breaking”. He traveled extensively, even as a teen, facing insurmountable odds, in order to discover more about the inner workings of Mustang herds. His work was rejected and he spent his entire life trying to prove to the World, as well…

Dial it Down!

Ignorance is bliss. There are many different “methods” available all over the world which claim to have the answer to all of your problems with horses. If you have learnt to be an open-minded individual, or are trying very hard to be (it is tricky!), then you have likely come across a variety of these…

To Treat or Not to Treat

B.F. Skinner proposed Operant Conditioning as a theory of learning in humans, as well as animals. The theory explores the relationship between reinforcing a desired behaviour and preventing an unwanted behaviour through the use of stimuli, as well as reinforcers such as rewards or punishment. The thinking is that each behaviour will have a consequence…

My Horse Loves Jumping!

This is a very common phrase among horse riders. Quite often, the phrase “my horse loves jumping” is closely followed by “because he gets so excited when he sees a jump”. Experienced horsemen will tell you that in order to be successful with Show Jumping, you need a horse that is careful, brave and willing,…