Holistic Horse Basics is the section of Happy Horse Training for anyone searching for simple, straightforward information on holistic horse care and training. It is not just about concepts and philosophy, but is the result of years of genuine experience.
More people than ever before are discovering the magical experience of owning their own horse.
While it is undeniably more rewarding than visiting a riding school for an hour a week, and allows a far more profound relationship, owning a horse requires a considerable level of knowledge and experience.
Not only are there now more horse owners with a limited understanding of traditional horsemanship, but these traditions themselves are now coming into question. This can leave beginner owners not knowing where to turn.
Our Holistic Horse Basics section is a free information resource, aimed at helping people who simply haven't had the opportunity to fill in all the gaps in their progressive horsey knowledge.
There is plenty of conventional information on horse care available for owners, but it is more difficult to find a holistic approach to management and training which is understandable to beginners.
Most progressive horse owners got there the hard way - through years of experiencing what doesn't work. We want to provide a short-cut for this this learn-from-your-mistakes route, because too many horses suffer as a result of it.
Holistic Horse Basics: Handling
Handling horses well is a state of being which has to be trained into your muscle memory and your psychology. Practicing the following techniques will help you to develop this mind set:
Holistic Horse Basics: Management
Getting horse management right is particularly important, because horses are very different from us in what they need to keep them healthy.
Holistic Horse Basics: Tack & Equipment
The type of equipment we put on our horse and the way we introduce and use it is hugely influential on our relationship with out horse. Uncomfortable, unsuitable tack, or bad experiences with introducing it to the horse can profoundly damage the trust between you. Here is some essential information to help you get it right:
Holistic Horse Basics: Riding & Training
Although it takes a long time to develop a balanced seat on a horse, and the only way to do that is get out there are ride, there are plenty of helpful pointers, without which you can waste years making the same mistakes.
The pages on HHT are so wide-ranging and interrelated that we strongly recommend you look at the site plan to find other subjects that may interest you.
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"As a student of Zen Buddhism for nearly three decades, I've often wondered when someone was going to write the book on Zen and the art of horsemanship, and I think that your emphasis on mindfulness and energy connection gets right at the heart of the matter."
- Prof. Teresa Lloyd, U.S.
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