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The whole premise of our training and riding pyramid is that we advance up the levels of our program teaching our horse in baby steps.  The first level of the pyramid is called Foundations.  This level is probably one of the most important since it lays the foundation for the rest of our program.

The first section in Foundations is called “The Journey.”  Here I talk about some of the horsemen and horsewomen that I learned from over the years that had a major influence on my life with horses, and contributed to the principles I use in my Horse Sensible Program.  As a member, you have access to the full version of these stories and their main take-aways.  This is such powerful but simple stuff that many people never quite grasp, but for those who do, their life with horses will forever change for the better. I know mine did.  Below are just a few of the Story Titles and Take Aways.

Hank and the Trophy Blanket

  • Connection
  • Rhythm
  • Relaxation

Jim and the Chicken Clad Beauties

  • Emotional Neutral Training
  • Thinking in the Here and Now
  • Making the Right Thing Easy, and the Wrong Thing Not So Easy
  • Not Today, Not Tomorrow, Not Ever
  • Never a Cheap Shot
  • Predictable
  • Never One Step More Than He Already Knows
  • Give Him a Job
  • Train Them Inside and Outside

The Colonel and the Message

  • Herd Dynamics
  • Alpha Mares
  • Communication Via Body Language
  • Nagality

Pres & Lorretta

  • His Horses
  • Human Error
  • Horses are the Most Honest Creature on Earth ( Without Motive)
  • Clean Slate

Heidi the German Mentor

  • Training Horses Involves Using Pressures to Shape a Horse’s Behavior
  • Pressure (The Aids):  Language that Makes Sense to the Horse
  • Independent Seat

Clem the Pickup Man

  • Trick Horses
  • Aids
  • Cues
  • Dance Partners

The Expert & 66

  • Putting a Rider with a Minimal Vocabulary of Horse Sensible Knowledge with a Horse that has a Minimal Vocabulary of Pressures and Aids is Simply a Recipe for Disaster
  • Buying a Horse for Looks Rather Than for What’s Between His Ears is also a Very Common Mistake Many People Come to Regret Later On

Halbert & the Big Dive

  • Never Forget That it’s the Little Things That Count
  • Horses Learn by Repetition:
    Unfortunately, Repeating the Same Bad Habits Results in Learned Bad Habit Behavior
  • Your Horse’s Behavior is a Reflection of Your Training. We Make Up for Our Lack of Commitment, Knowledge and Ability by Making Excuses for Our Horse’s Behavior

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