How to combine positive and negative reinforcement in horse training

More and more people are introducing positive reinforcement in their trainings with their horse. And they feel like they need to make a choice. Either training their horse only with positive reinforcement, or only with negative reinforcement. But I don’t believe you NEED to make a choice!   But first: What is the difference? Positive […]

What to do when your horse bites you

Horses can be very subtle in communicating with you. In telling you what they like and don’t like. In what hurts or feels good. In what causes stress and what helps them relax.  But when we don’t see or understand their subtle signs, they start telling us more and more clear. In stead of some […]

30 things to do with your horse that isn’t riding

With Aslans injury (read my previous blog) I’ve been thinking about things I can do in our journey to recovery. In this blog I’ll share a list of 30 things you can do with your horse, besides riding. Enjoy! Groundwork exercises: like lunging, long lining, and leading Liberty work Groom Desensitize to help your horse become […]

I was very close to losing Aslan

On the second of March, I got a text from Danielle, one of the other horse owners at the barn. She said that Aslan had a wound on his knee. There was a lot of blood and he couldn’t walk.  I was 1,5 hour away from the barn, so Danielle was kind enough to wait […]

Dealing with your own tension around your horse

Singing or humming to breath from your belly which is more relaxing than breathing from your chest Telling yourself you could stop at any moment. Even if you just started whatever you were doing Doing whatever you can to prevent your ‘worse case scenarios’, for example by adding a tag on your bridle with your […]

Recognizing and preventing stress for you horse

Horses really don’t spook out of no-where. You just missed all the signals before the spook and therefore couldn’t prevent it either. In this newsletter I will tell you about the stress signals and how to prevent those spooks.   You might have read it before on my Instagram or heard it in my videos. […]

Building stamina after your horse has been sick

A few months ago, all the horses of our herd suddenly got sick. The vets couldn’t find anything and the meds didn’t help the horses feel better either. We decided to give bioresonance a chance. The other horse owners had good experiences with that.   The horses got tested. They all had a bacteria on […]

Why I prioritized Aslans mental health over his physical health

Teaching Aslan to hold his head low while lunging Lunging with the sole purpose to give him a chance to run all his frustration and anger out of his system Going to the arena to have more space to roll and chil together Working on our communication together by improving my cues and bodylanguage Observing […]

We moved eight times in two years

To a barn that was about to close, but at least Aslan could live in a herd there. To the fields from that barn until the end of that summer. Still living a good life in that herd. To the paddock paradise from a horsetrainer. They got very scared of Aslan after hearing the stories […]