Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Unrealistic Expectations

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Unreasonable Expectations Subscribe for weekly episodes and Alternative Horsemanship YouTube videos. #alternativehorsemanship #remotehorsecoach #dearsamhorseseries In-person Learning Online Courses and Distance Learning

Misconceptions of Moving the Horse on a a Circle

 Misconceptions of a Circle 

One of the most misused "techniques" I have found is how people present asking the horse to move around a circle. 

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Hyper Alert Horses

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Hyper Alert Horses by Alternative Horsemanship Horses that lack confidence in new scenarios are often hyper-alert... This helps break down the behaviors and postures that indicate the difference between defensive fixation and curiosity in the horse. Subscribe to the channel for new weekly episodes.

Helping the Dangerous, Fearful, Reactive, or Uncatchable Horses

Here's a quick glimpse into just a few of the horses who arrived for help this summer... It isn't about making the horse tolerate the human but instead helping them learn to trust and willingly offer to participate. Most equine rehabilitation or re-education scenarios I have are a result of ego-based human "training" attempts of "making" the horse comply. More often than not, this approach results in unwanted and dangerous scenarios for both the horse and the human. Everything starts with the Quality of how the horse offers to be caught. If it begins with chasing, aggressive human behavior, or the horse having to mentally shut down to tolerate the person, what will the rest of the session look like? #alternativeHorsemanship #RemoteHorseCoach #horsemanship

Pressure and Release Re-Educating Horse that Bucks by Alternative Horsem...

This mare has a history of bucking (and a very traumatic past,) so part of her re-education is to assume nothing and rebuild from the ground up. I thought I'd share a short clip of what preparing a horse to be saddled looks like for me. In this case, I'm looking for feedback from the horse as to what may be triggering her anticipation, physical tension, or mental avoidance. This is the first time we did this. Practice first noticing how many different forms of pressure are being presented. Assess the horse's focus, breathing, movement, the stance at the halt, etc. Watch for how she interacts with my communication. What do you see? Everything is a learning opportunity if you commit to seeing beyond the superficial "obedient goal" and search for quality interactions. **Please do NOT go and randomly try this at home- you and your horse could easily and quickly get into a wreck if you haven't established the fundamentals that go into the "bigger picture."

Horses: Pressure and Reviewing the Release

 Horsemanship: Reviewing The Release

As with everything much left to interpretation when it comes to terminology in association with horses. I try to be clear and precise in the words that I'm offering, but there still can be a gray area in the human student's understanding.

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Car crash vs Bolting Horse

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Car crash vs. Jigging or Rushing Horse Too many folks struggle with fixating on the peak moment of the horse's dress or unwanted behavior rather than addressing the root cause. Learn where you might be missing the initial indicators as to the future potential bolt, jigging, rushing, or other unwanted dramatic behavior in the horse. Be sure to subscribe to the Alternative Horsemanship YouTube channel to not miss new weekly episodes. #alternativeHorsemanship #RemoteHorseCoach #dearsamseries In-person Learning Online Horse Courses and Distance Learning

Horse Tips with Pippin: Willingness to Adapt at the Mounting Block

#tipswithpippin This rescue Haflinger has an unknown past. As I've been re-educating this initially defensive, highly reactive, and distrustful horse, I want to share moments of value that affect all that follows in building his trust, try, and willingness.

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Getting Hurt with Horses

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series *Getting Hurt with Horses So many human/horse accidents, fear, and trauma can be avoided by trusting yourself to not just do "what everyone else is doing." Sam shares her thoughts on when not to trust the equine professional in order to keep you and your horse safe. Subscribe to the Alternative Horsemanship YouTube channel for weekly episodes and other horse behavior and learning videos.

Ground Work with Horses "Following a Feel" Alternative Horsemanship

 "Following a Feel"

Those words had no value to me all the years I interacted with the horse unintentionally offering continuous tension- on the lead rope, on the rein, in my leg, etc.  There was never any true release of pressure towards the horse (other than during a jump.)

Tacking up the Horse with Quality

Most people never consider how the horse responds to just the sight of tack or notice if there are Quality Conversations while doing so.

Each part of the interaction influences the mental reasonableness and physical softness that follows.

While the norm (often out of convenience) is to tie the horse while tacking, the degree of bother or concern a horse may have while doing so frequently is suppressed.

I suggest practicing tacking the horse without tying him. The goal is not about getting tack on. 

It is an Opportunity to notice how your horse feels about standing while you are moving around him.

It also allows you to observe for things such as:

Does he mentally check out as you go to groom?

Does he pin his ears, shake his head, swish is tail, or display any other defensive behavior as you groom?

Does he step away or backwards when you swing the pad or saddle on?

Does he constantly avoid the tacking by diving down for grass?

When you tighten the cinch or girth does he swing his head at you, try to walk off, back away, etc.?

Does he act differently if you tack from one side versus another?

If you change the location of where your horse is as you tack does he suddenly act differently?

None of this is about the unwanted behaviors. Instead the undesired responses could be an indicator as to potential pain issues, holes in the foundation of the equine partnership, reflection of concern towards the upcoming ride, etc.

If the ride is prefaced with an experience (in this case tacking up) causing the horse to be in a state of anticipation, defensiveness, avoidance, flee, etc. how might that influence everything asked of him during the ride?

There is never a convenient time to address the horse's concerns, but the longer you avoid helping him, he is being taught he is own his own. This will cause him to start taking over and dictating how the interaction will go based on the lack of support, or even criticism from the human.

The horse only has so many subtle, reasonable behaviors to display his fear, concern, or anticipation. If you're not addressing it now, then when?


Alternative Horsemanship with Samantha Harvey Radio Interview Quality Converstaions

Let Your Color Out Radio Show host Lindy Lewis interviews Samantha Harvey regarding her philosophies and approaches to improve the Equine Partnership. Topics Include: Containment Critique Making Mental Presence (human and horse) Patterns Goals and so much more. In-person Learning Online Courses & Distance Learning

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series Humans Misinterpret Horse Behavior

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series Humans Misinterpret Horse Behavior Alternative Horsemanship Learn how seemingly cute and encouraged behaviors can lead to dangerous scenarios with the horse. New Episodes uploaded weekly subscribe to the Alternative Horsemanship with Samantha Harvey Channel to not miss any. #alternativeHorsemanship #RemoteHorseCoach #dearsamseries In-person Learning Online Courses and Distance Learning

First Outing Leading the Young BLM Mustang Filly by Alternative Horsemanship

After much preparation in first offering her time, then building trust with this BLM mustang yearling filly with her learning to accept being touched, haltered, and led. Then she was finally ready for her first outing and some time in a different pasture.