Following your dreams

Jo & Bonnie It has long been a dream of mine to be able to ride my horse bareback and bridleless. Whilst I have done a lot of this on another horse I trained, Sid, I have spent little time riding like this on Bonnie. Bonnie appears to be quiet and for the most part she is. But she is …

Framed

A ‘frame’ is the Consequence, not the Foundation How magnificent the posturing stallion is, floating around with neck arched and his tail high as he displays his power and athleticism to his equine observers! How inspiring to watch a group of horses leaping, bucking and spinning in unison, swirling around the paddock with faultless flying changes and collecting themselves for …

The Gydle

Guided to Gydle Watching a horse throw its head, mouth open and tongue hanging out, or chomping anxiously on the bit is distressing not only for the horse but for onlookers. Many riders hear the stories of the cut tongues and lips and broken jaws, they see the distress in the eyes of the heavy-handed rider and do not want …

Bits – Wand or Weapon?

Are your hands a weapon? By Kailie Nott Finding an animal’s weakness has enabled people to control many different species. We put collars around a dog’s neck, rings in a bull’s nose, ropes around a pig’s leg, and bits in a horse’s mouth. These techniques help us to disable the animal in some way and give us the capacity to …

7 Keys to Authenticity Workshops

7 keys to Authenticity Workshop Discover how the 7 chakras are directly related to your relationship with your horse.  Self Development and Spiritual Empowerment through the wisdom of horse! BOOK NOW Email: Jo and Kailie at info@holisticequitation.com.au When being with horses I am always looking for ways to connect more openly, authentically and congruently. Many people are not aware of …

S.M.A.R.T. Horsemanship

Spiritually Minded, Authentic, Respectful Teachers ~ Holistic Equitation ~ it is not just smart it is also ethical!   Jo and Kailie together bring a life-time of knowledge with horses and self-development to the training of people and horses. We are all spiritual beings and there is nothing more spiritual than the authentic, powerful energy of the horse. SMART Horsemanship …

Horsemanship guiding principles

Some of the guiding principles and knowledge of Holistic Equitation’s Trainers   What is Ascending Pressure? Ascending means to increase or build up. We apply ascending pressure (whether it’s physical and or non physical) to horses by starting with the most understanding deal possible and increasing the intensity based on the response the horse is displaying.   What is a …

Safe and Sound

Safe ‘n’ Sound around your horse Guiding principles, ideas and exercises for you and your horse Safe ‘n’ Sound in, Catching Enter your horse’s yard, approach behind the shoulder and scratch on the withers Hug your horse with your right arm Tip the nose with your right thumb Tie your halter with a horseman’s knot   Safe ‘n’ Sound in, …

Assessing your horse

Bomb proofing Evaluation Assessment   How does bomb proofing my horse have anything to do with my goals and desires that I might have with dressage, jumping or even cutting? Any horse that’s been conditioned to be comfortable with a multitude of distractions and frightening circumstances will be easier to deal with and more relaxed under pressure, no matter what …

Aggressive Horses

  Would you believe that more people have been hurt by horses who love them, than by horses who have never been ridden before? So why do people get hurt by horses who love them? There should be no reason for people to get hurt by their horses if they understand why horses do what they do. Educating is the …