Category Archives: Smart Horses

How to navigate the Blogs – Wie Sie in den Archiven fündig werden

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How to Navigate the Blogs: Wie man durch die Archive steuert: Dear Blog Readers! Blogs will be published whenever I have time to write them. This is how to navigate the archives of articles previously published: In the top right hand corner …

Beau died January 4th 2018

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Obituary on Beau Nachruf auf Beau My darling Beau, the last of my rescue horses, is dead – and leaves a huge hole in my life! For over 35 years I have never eaten an apple of which I didn’t …

Happy Birthday Beau!

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Beau turned 34! Beau ist 34! It gets harder to believe from year to year – but he is still hanging in there! Beau had a very happy birthday, for which even the sun came out! All our best wishes …

Happy Holidays – on my own behalf

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 Happy Holidays! Speaking on my own behalf  Fröhliche Feiertage! In eigener Sache I thank all my Blog readers for their many comments – and such nice ones too!  Thank you all for responding – and a very nice Holiday Season …

Obituary on Johnny

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Obituary on Johnny, October 2013 Nachruf auf Johnny, Oktober 2013 Johnny had to be put down after a very bad colic last week. His heart was too weak to operate. He was 28 years old. He died with his head on Eva’s …

Happy Spring to everyone!

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Dear Blog readers! Liebe Blog Leser! Before I start another Blog series, a word about my own concerns. I take a lot of trouble to make this web site interesting and to find new topics, which might also interest you. …

Obituary on Peter

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Obituary on Peter Nachruf für Peterchen At the end of September 2012, on a warm and starry night, my old Peter died of a heart attack. He was 33 and 1/3 years old. We still rode him the day before …

Blog 20 – Get inventive! – Werdet erfinderisch!

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Invent your Own! – Part 20 Werdet erfinderisch! – Teil 20 Invent more! Use our ideas, then have your own! The more you play, the more you see how clever your horse is. He will trust you as a good leader and …

Blog 19 – Standing on Horses – Auf Pferden stehen

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Standing on Horses – Part 19 Auf Pferden stehen – Teil 19 Standing on horses is fun and not as hard as it looks. Auf Pferden stehen macht Spaß und ist gar nicht so schwer. The vaulting book shows you how to …

Blog 18 – Riding Games – Reiterspiele

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Riding Games ! Part 18 Reiterspiele! Teil 18 After playing a lot of the previously recommended games you and your horses are now such a confident and trusting team that your horses will jump at any playful proposal you make! Bareback! Up! …

Blog 17 – Rearing on Command – Auf Kommando steigen

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Rearing on Command – Part 17 Auf Kommando Steigen – Teil 17 Rearing is fun for the horse and looks spectacular, but it should not be attempted before you haven’t completed the training “to the ground”. You want to completely trust your …

Blog 16 – Learning collection – Versammlung lernen

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Learning Collection – Part 16 Versammlung lernen – Teil 16 Our philosophy of training is to teach the horse by addressing his mind and understanding! Es ist unsere Trainings-philosophie das Gehirn und Verständnis des Pferdes an zu sprechen! We want to ask …

Blog 15 – Include your Dogs! – Hunde dürfen mitmachen!

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Include your Dogs! Part 15 Hunde dürfen mitmachen! Teil 15 In  our films “Playing with Horses” we have of course not forgotten our dogs!  Little Taffey comes along wherever we go and quite demands her own riding horse, when we hack out in …

Blog 14 – Spanish Step – der spanische Schritt

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The Spanish Step – Part 14 Der spanische Schritt – Teil 14 We learned (part 10) how pedestal games free up the horses’ shoulders – so does Cavalletti work-  in which we include our dogs for added fun! Schulterfreiheit verbessert man …

Blog 13 – Send & Call Games – Schicken & Rufen

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Send & Call Games – Part 13 Schicken und Rufen – Teil 13 Although Send & Call Games are also first practiced on a rope, they are meant to be played at liberty once the trainer’s body language is clear …

Blog 12 – Games on the pedestal – Auf dem Podest

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Pedestal Games – Part 12 Spiele am Podest – Teil 12 In Games on the Pedestal the horse also experiences a very different kind of balance! You can see that Czar knows exactly how to bring his gravity point into …

Blog 11 – Sitting on command – Sitzen

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Sitting on command – Part 11 Sitzen auf Kommando – Teil 11 Sitting: The natural sequence of motion determines that your horse will learn to sit on command after he learned to lie down. (see previous blogs) This presupposes complete trust …

Blog 10 – Circling off-line – Frei auf dem Zirkel

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Circling Off-line – Part 10 Circling ohne Seil – Teil 10 Circling games are those, where the horses stick around us voluntarily and without a rope or lunge line. A smart horse does not do that without reason – if …

Blog 09 – Kneeling, lying down – Knien, Ablegen

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The “Kneel”- Lying Down – Part 09 Knien – Ablegen – Teil 09 the “Kneel”: Knien: Most horses will learn to kneel on command via the Curtsey, which you saw in a previous blog. Once you have taught them the …

Blog 08 – Circus Gymnastics – Gymnastische Zirkusübungen

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Circus Gym – Curtsey – Part 08 Zirkus Gymnastik – Kompliment – Teil 08 Part of our games are what we call “Circus Gymnastics ” – these exercises are much more than mere “tricks”, because if taught correctly they are most beneficial …

Blog 07 – De-spooking – Ent-Scheuen!

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De-Spooking – Part 07 Ent-Scheuen – Teil 07 Although you helped your horse to improve his self-confidence by playing “Sure-Feet” games in blog 6, perhaps your horse still tends to be nervous when hacking out? In that case you must …

Work on the Lunge Line – Blog 06 –

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Lunging for Fun – Part 07 Longieren macht Spass – Teil 07 How many hours have I not spent as a vaulting trainer turning like a chicken on the spit! But lunging does not have to be boring. Wie viele …

Blog 05 – Sure Feet – Trittsicherheit

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Sure Feet – Self-confidence – Part 06 Trittsicherheit – Selbstvertrauen – Teil 06 If a horse shall feel playful he must feel safe, and as he is a flight animal for this he must trust his nimble legs. We improve …

Blog 04 – Mobilisation – Beweglich machen

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Mobilise all joints – Part 04 Mobilisieren  aller Gelenke – Teil 04 Our games can be quite ambitious and we will limber up our athletes before we begin! Our horses love their stretching, as we mobilise them playfully. We never …

Blog 03 – Yielding & Respect – Weichen u. Respektübungen

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Yielding and Respect – Part 03 Weichen und Respekt – Teil 03  Before we can play safely, we have to establish some rules of respect. We want to be high-ranking, a good leader – and this does not mean bossing your …

Blog 02 – Leading & Running Games – Führen u. Laufspiele

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Leading & Running Games – Part 2 Führ- und Laufspiele – Teil 2 In our training series we begin with leading exercises. Rule number One is to never PULL on a rope – the horse will only counter-pull! As a matter …

Blog 01- Introduction to Playing with Horses – Einführung Spielen

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Deutsche Version nächste Seite weiter unten! Introduction to playing with horses: My background is vaulting, which in my opinion is still the very best way to start with any equestrian activity! I began vaulting at age ten and was active …