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When tension arises in a horse we're working with, the way we react is pivotal to whether it is resolved and training can progress in relaxation and trust
This account of an experience with a very reluctant young horse explains how to load a horse using relaxation-generating contact yielding instead of tension-generating intimidation.
It is a challenge to describe subtle energetic interactions like the energy connection we make with a horse.
HHT's dressage diagrams give unique visual clarity to many important aspects of riding and training horses.
Postural alignment is essential to balanced, effective riding. The foundation of this alignment is making sure that our body is positioned evenly in relation to the horse's spine.
Hi I'm writing this in memory of a horse named Lucky. See I live in a adult foster care home, we have horses for riding and therapy. I have been here
HHT's Holistic Horse Training clinics are an opportunity for us to share our understanding of holistic equitation and gymnastic riding directly with riders and their own horses.
Correct equine biomechanics for balanced movement are based on the longitudinal stretch - the flexion of the horse's spine that allows it to transmit power and carry the rider with strength.
If you are going to argue for bitless then you have to argue for saddleless too. The argument being that if any equipment we use can cause harm to the horse then it must be rejected.
Gymnastic riding is the art of bringing the horse's movement into balance by the rider's postural influence. It is a way of connecting to the horse on a whole new level.
HHT's third article to be featured in the international publication is 'Horse Behavior: What It Means to be a Prey Animal'.
Baroque Horse is a beautifully produced, high quality magazine, which combines stunning photography with a diverse range of interesting articles on all aspects of horse-keeping and training.
We are grateful that the magazine's editor, Danielle Skerman, has seen the value in our work, and is helping us to bring it to a wider audience.
You can also read the article here on the HHT site.
If you would like to support HHT's vocational work towards the well-being of horses and the understanding of riding and training them in a harmonious and meaningful way, you can make a donation here.
We have a philosophy at HHT that we can form more of a partnership with a horse if we make them feel more comfortable in our presence.
It seems to be conventional wisdom these days that horses are 'into pressure' unless you 'teach' them otherwise.
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.
AudioRide is a series of exercises designed to listen to while you ride.
Audio descriptions guide you through each step of developing a balanced, dynamic connection with the horse through your position.
This truly innovative learning tool gives you a whole new way of being guided in your riding, in a calm, clear, step-by-step way.
Free Download! Introductory Exercise: Riding in the Now
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A unique, comprehensive guide to practical rider biomechanics. This professionally produced eBook takes the rider through the process of developing their body in the specific way that brings the horse's movement into harmony and balance, without force and constraint. Click here for full details, and to download the 15-page introduction to the book for free.
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How To Train A Horse Without Force
is a unique guide to training horses through energetic connection and
gymnastic training. Part 1 covers everything on the ground, from
handling to the lungeing technique that develops strength, straightness
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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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What people say about HHT:
"The riding instruction is outstanding, if instructors in the UK taught this way there would be a lot of happy riders and horses."
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"My goodness - what a change has taken place in my riding. I think that I'm starting to sit 'into' the horse rather than on top of him. I felt my horse's movements in a way that has almost never happened before"
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