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Feel & Timing when working with horses

Feel & Timing when working with horses

Update: 2018-08-14
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Every horse(wo)man knows that feel and timing are crucial when training horses. But how can you explain "feel" and what exactly is timing? And more important: how can you develop better feel and timing?


In this third episode of the Horsefulness Training Podcast, Karine Vandenborre answers these questions for you!

She also tunes in on:


  • the different levels of communication
  • the importance of opening up to your horse
  • the #1 reason you lose your natural feel
  • softness of body and mind, and how you can achieve that
  • and more!
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Q&A Groundwork + The What & Why of Groundwork
In this second episode of the Horsefulness Training Podcast Karine Vandenborre explains what Groundwork according to the Horsefulness phylosophy is, why you should do Groundwork and she answers 5 questions that were sent in by mail.Q 1: My horse is pretty anxious about tractors and big vehicles. She is also very spooky when we pass bushes and branches. Then she disconnects and only wants one thing: run off! How can I keep the connection when she is so afraid?Q 2: My horse is afraid to back up out of the trailer. Any advice on how to train him to back up instead of turning in the trailer to unload?Q 3: If Liberty is the foundation and you can do everything in Liberty, why do you go to Groundwork? Can’t we do everything in Liberty? What is the benefit of doing Groundwork?Q 4: I had to use a lot of direct pressure from my instructor to teach my horse to yield. This didn't feel right. Is it really necessary to teach your horse to yield for direct pressure?Q 5: The Groundwork I've been doing became to easy for my horse and therefore she loses interest. I would like to get some tips on how to make Groundwork more difficult and stimulating for her and me.When answering these 5 questions, Karine talks aboutaccepting fearfocussing on your breath to stay presentusing the "liberty-principle" when doing groundworkcommunication versus force when yielding to physical aidsShe also tunes in on how to prepare your horse in a step by step manner for trafficwhy negative reinforcement is not "negative", like some people thinkwhat a groundwork sequence is,and much more!The blog-post about yielding for physical aids that she refers to in this episode is this one.
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Feel & Timing when working with horses

Feel & Timing when working with horses