Are you training your horse? Or is your horse training you?
If you get the same training as everyone else, you'll be just like everyone else. If you think maybe you're a bit (or a lot) different--this is the place for you.
In general, I'm not doing things radically differently than what many others do, but I strive to be conscious of every detail in the work. And I'm extremely resolute on two aspects of everything: only the best quality skills and I adhere to exacting standards of precision. Attention to both is what makes the difference between good and exceptional in horsemanship.
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Are you a 'gonna be' or a 'wanna be' horse person?
Understanding and studying the concepts and strategies here on the Exceptional Horsemanship website can help you get ahead in your horsemanship.
Lauren’s Horse Musings, the training blog, is where you’ll get proven exercises, concepts, ways to think and what to watch for that you can use RIGHT NOW in your daily horsemanship. Some posts are about strategies and movements, others are about persuasion. Use any of them to get more of what you want.”
Superficial friendliness helps you sell vacuum cleaners and win elections, but only with clarity, righteousness, and genuine, relevant empathy can you win the soul of a horse." Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling
If you’re not a precise person, if you hate the facts, this probably isn’t your bag. But if you’re a hard-core type that wants your horsemanship to be the best, then this would be for you.
There's a way to being with your horse is fun and fascinating. It's simple--although it's not exactly easy because it takes committment. Your horse will be okay with doing what you ask and you'll get the results and enjoyment you so desire. And that will look great on your next ride with your friends!
This site is about You and Your Horse. How You can get the best out of the relationship by thinking differently. Anyone can change a bit or saddle. That's easy, but changing your thinking?... HUGE!
The time to have the map is before you enter the woods.
Here, you can explore horsemanship, compare your ideas with mine. The free newsletter will bring you monthly training ideas to consider. Hit the "Gimme" button and be an armchair horseman first. Then, start implementing what you're distilling.
Ready for something different?
It takes a different perspective. Steve Jobs said, “Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
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How Comfortable are you on your Horse?
Are you getting the results you desire? Wishing "If we could just..."?
Is your best friend getting more out of their horse than you are with yours? There are things you can do to turn the tide!
Picture your horse doing exactly what you ask with a kind eye and willing attitude! Tired of using "That's just the way horses are" to explain away behaviors you'd prefer your horse didn't exhibit? Do something about it! Learn what precision means to a horse and how to aquire your own. Learn how to influence your horse's gray matter so it's an exceptional time for you when you're with him.
What do you really want? What matters to you?
...starts about 50 feet away from your horse as you approach and ends after you’re walking away. Change is dramatic in both horse and rider when concepts are introduced that make sense but are not normally taught to people. Horsemanship doesn't start when you're already tacked up and mounted in the center of the arean. But, that's where many people engage their thoughts about riding. Horses already know these concepts, and are keenly aware that people don’t have this savvy. No matter the task, discipline or tack, breed, age or gender of either the horse or rider, it IS a matter of left, right, forward or backward, up, down or no thing. No thing - nothing - as in STANDING STILL. Does your horse do what you ask, as you ask it, willingly? Or are YOU moving as he has taught you? Get a shoulder in your space or a head shove? Foot stepped on? Raising his head high for bridling? Getting ahead or behind while "leading" or needing to circle and fuss, not standing still?
These are part of the myth that the person is in control. It's accepted as "that's the way horses are". A myth. It's the way disrespectful horses are. The horse is choosing to act in a way that you really don't like but don't do anything about. Learn to be an influencer! Learn to be good enough to get your horse to want to do what you want.
Would YOU like to be... Mostly like NO ONE else?
My purpose is to help by placing both the facts and the motivation directly in your hands and from that point, it's up to you to aim your horsemanship toward exceptional, using all the tools, knowledge and skills to do so.
Check out "Lauren's Horse Musings" for tons of training info you can use Right NOW!
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Rogues, renegades, spooks and knuckleheads a specialty and a privilege.
I had a blast… Never a dull moment with you! I’m always intrigued and amazed with you. You have such profound and thought-provoking perspective! Have you thought about being a counselor?? It’s like learning horse-ABC’s, and then putting the letters together to make “See horse run.” – J
Had a few extra minutes this morning, and I just finished reading all your blog entries. I REALLY enjoy reading your stuff! I ran out too soon. Can you write one maybe every hour or so … Just kidding … every two hours will do …
Thanks, --Randy Carson
"There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling."
-- John Gardner
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