Horse Problems and Unwanted Equine Behavior Video


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Horse Problems, Unwanted Equine Behavior & Uncomfortable Discussions

Click the link to watch the latest episode on the Alternative Horsemanship YouTube Channel. 

Ponying the Horse Tips

 Ponying the Horse- Continuing Quality Conversations

I find when ponying, many folks focus on getting the ponied horse to follow the movement of the ridden one.  This can create mindless movement in the ponied horse and contributes to what seems to willingly compliance (as long as nothing specific is asked of him) but he is not thoughtful, mentally directable, or physically adaptable. 

Horse Goals & Interaction Tips

 What intentions do you have for you and your horse? What are you doing to work towards them?

Refining Groundwork with the Horse

Refining Ground Work with the Horse

Whenever I show up to work with a horse I go through a mental checklist assessing things such as:
Where is the horse’s mind today?
How is the horse looking/feeling in his postures, breathing, and movement?
What was the feeling or energy he offered when greeting me in his pasture or stall?
Does he seem mentally available as I ask to halter, lead, and stop at the gate?
If I ask for him to change his focus, "let go" of a mental distraction, decrease/increase his energy, step on/at a specific spot, or pause while I "fix" something else, is he getting defensive for my opinions or his he willing to try?

Human Emotions Sabotaging Equine Partnerships

I've had many comments over the years about how I seem to never lose patience with the horse during moments that for most people would trigger a rollercoaster of emotions... such as in the scenarios of when a horse:
Resists being caught
Difficult to Trailer Load
Bolts when Led
Won't stand quietly tied
Avoidant towards the farrier
Has excessive movement when tacked or mounted
Is sensitive about fly spray or bathing
Is buddy or "barn" sour

Pain, Horse Health and Soundness issues


Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series

"Adrenaline overriding the Horse's Pain"

Discussing contributors regarding Horse Health and overlooked Soundness Issues. Sharing how the mental and emotional state of the horse creates equine behavior changes. Raising the question of the human's awareness to recognize if their goals outweigh the ability to offer empathy to acknowledge the horse's physical health.

Click the link to watch on the Alternative Horsemanship YouTube Channel. New videos are posted every Friday. 

Are you unintentionally "teaching" the Horse unwanted behaviors?

Frequently, in an attempt to show kindness, folks try to pacify, mask, and cloak unwanted interactions with the horse.

Limited Time & Learning Horse Skills

 Whether limited due to work, school, family commitments, weather, etc. I encourage people to spend any and as much Quality Time they can with the horse. 

Improving Rein Management Skills- Decreasing unwanted Equine Behavior


Rein Management Skills

Join Alternative Horsemanship for this live stream discussing many of the common rein-handling issues riders have creating unwanted equine responses.

Saturday, March 9th, 5pm pst
Replays available

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Horse Hoof Handling Tips Video Learning by Alternative Horsemanship the Remote Horse Coach


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Horse Hoof Handling Insight and Tips
Many people struggle to pick up their horse's feet. A common contributor to unwanted equine behaviors when Handling the Hoove is the lack of balance the horse may have. This causes him to be braced, heavy, or leaning and not prepared to softly pick up the hoof being asked for. This video also shares Hoof Holding tips to improve your equine skills, keep your balance, and be adaptable if the horse moves his leg.
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20 Horse Health Tips and Questions by Alternative Horsemanship

20 Horse Health Tips, Questions & Assessment

Below are some basic questions to ask regarding your horse’s health.
I suggest keeping a horse health journal making note of diet changes, farrier care, odd behaviors, etc. It can be used as a future reference point to learn from and find what works best for the horse.

Rope Halter Tying and Sizing Tips

 Rope Halter Typing & Fitting Tips

Most people using this type of halter are not tying the knot correctly. If incorrectly tied, the halter can slip and loosen after a short while or if there is resistance with the horse "leaning" on the lead rope. 

Unwanted Horse Behaviors and Sleep Deprivation by Alternative Horsemanship

 Horse Health, Behaviors & Sleep

When we say "horse" the initial image in our mind is that of the horse galloping through a field, or some other majestic movement. But there's also the aspect of thinking about how comfortable mentally and emotionally the horse is.

Horse Tack Fit Issues and Problems

Tack fit... or perhaps I should say Mis-Fit.
Probably ranking in the Top 3 challenges faced by riders. It is a major contributor to unwanted experiences in the equine partnership. Below are just a few of the undesirable consequences...