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Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 2015 - Calm, Focused & On Track

Channeling your horse’s energy is the secret to getting him into the groove.by Chris Irwin
The mind of the horse is, by nature, a distracted worrier - a paranoid victim waiting for something to go wrong. As a prey animal, even the most confident of horses naturally must stay attuned to their environment. A horse needs to be on the lookout for any potential threat that may trigger the equine senses into feeling the need for flight or fight. This somewhat neurotic need to “be on the lookout” varies in intensity from horse to horse but nonetheless; the greatest challenge with horses is to transform what is a vulnerable and easily distracted prey animal into a calm and keenly focused work ethic.

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