From Oh Sh*t to Okay #humanmind canine dogs Aug 05, 2020

Want to know how the Airedale recovered so quickly from carpal arthritis?

Curious how a yellow Lab returned to soundness after a devastating knee ligament injury?

Wondering how a 70-pound dog with debilitating spinal arthritis started running and playing again?   

 

They all had...

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Need Confidence? Try This Hack Instead #humanmind confidence equestrians Aug 03, 2020

“I wish I had more confidence when I ride.”

I hear that over and over.

Riders constantly wish they had more confidence in the saddle.

 

 

As if confidence were a trait that some people were born with, like green eyes.

Or something you could order on Amazon.

Want confidence?...

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Why I Hired a Hunky, 22-year-old Personal Trainer #horsehumanconnection #horsemind #humanmovement positive reinforcement training Aug 01, 2020

Why I Hired a Hunky, 22-year-old Personal Trainer

Resting heart rate: 53. This healthy metric is due, in large part, to my personal trainer. But why did I, a female in my 50’s, hire a buff, 22-year-old dude to help me reach my fitness goals?

Well, there are the obvious reasons. For...

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Think Outside the Stall #equinemovement #humanmind equine performance Jul 31, 2020

The chestnut horse’s life changed so drastically, so wonderfully, that having the ability to pick up both leads easily is hardly worth mentioning.

Except that the story starts with a problem at the canter. And an upcoming horse show. A big one.

 

I was teaching a two-week ...

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Would Your Horse Know What to Do? #equinemind #horsehumanconnection horse horses Jul 22, 2020

 

Help me! Help me!

The man called out as he came lurching down the path, a rifle clutched against his chest.

Yikes!

 

I was hand walking my leopard Appaloosa, Spotzy, with a friend when we noticed the armed man coming towards us.

Quickly realizing that the man’s...

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Is your horse happy in his work? Are you? #humanmind equestrians mindset riders Jul 16, 2020

Have you ever wondered if your horse is happy in his work?

 

Does responding to your cues make your horse feel good? Or is he simply conditioned to respond to your aids?

 

In other words, what’s your horse’s motivation for working with you?

 

Many equestrians never ask...

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A New Use For Polo Wraps #humanmovement equestrians exercises feldenkrais feldenkrais method humans Jun 23, 2020

Go grab two polo wraps, standing bandages or even a couple of hand towels out of your linen closet.

Then lie down on the floor and join Mary in a short, super effective exercise to activate your deep core muscles.

You'll learn how to both relax your back AND get stronger and more coordinated all...

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A Surprise Benefit of Staying Home with Your Dog or Cat breathing canine cats dogs feline humans stress relief Apr 29, 2020

Some years ago, I walked into a sunlit, colorful living room in the coastal town of Laguna Nigel, California. The homeowner, a woman named Carol, was in her early 40’s and had shoulder-length, sandy-colored hair that was pulled back into a ponytail.  

I first met Carol a couple of...

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This Mindset Shift Can Help You be More Balanced on Your Horse #humanmovement balance feldenkrais humans riders Apr 18, 2020

Part 1 – The Rider’s Habits

 

There’s one tool that I’ve seen help equestrians more than any other. It can help riders successfully navigate challenging situations with their horses. It can also help equestrians achieve long-term goals such as: improving riding skill,...

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Help Your Horse Bend Better #equinemovement bending dressage feldenkrais horses rib accordions Feb 12, 2020

This Simple Mindset Shift Can Transform A Stiff, Resistant Horse

Part 2:  The Horse's Habits 

 

In Part 1, I introduced you to Gina and her bay Arabian gelding, Piper. Gina was frustrated that Piper resisted bending, especially to the right.

Gina’s trainer had demanded...

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The Secret to Helping Dogs with Back Stiffness or Hip/Knee Injuries acl canine canine back stiffness canine hip canine knee injury ccl cranial cruciate ligament dogs lumbar circle lumbar lift Feb 05, 2020

Let’s say you see a dog who’s hurting. Maybe he’s an older dog with a stiff, arthritic spine. Or perhaps she’s a younger dog with hip dysplasia or a torn knee ligament.

Don’t you wish you could instantly help such a dog feel better?  

 

I’d like to...

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