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Gareth happily shares little about why we use the rope halter and who we source from, why we use the long rope and the importance of the weight. We are always delighted to talk about saddle options if you have any questions. Gareth also talks about where to source Western Saddles. Our Local Made Saddle are Franco Saddlery in KZN and also other options to purchase reining saddles that are imported.
As you progress through your horsemanship learning experience, you may find that managing the long ropes is a whole skill set to learn in addition to Horsemanship Principles. Jamie and Sonny chat a little about how to stay safe and have a little more fun while you and your partner are learning. If we miss a question, or there is something specific you are struggling with, you can get in touch with us by WhatsApp 0723622620, Facebook or emails heartfeltkzn@gmail.com and we are happy to answer questions for you.
We teach people to never use two reins to stop a horse, but I think this very idea confuses people. In this video we go into a little more details about stopping, or slowing down with only one rein active.
When I don't have the strength or energy to get Bella out and allow her a good run, this can be the next best thing. Though we both would prefer to be out and about, sometimes I just can't entertain Bella's need for speed. This horse should have rally stripes! Speed makes her a very happy horse. Horses do not get to move out at speed often enough and while most people will only ever want to walk at a trot, we feel its important for all horses to have had practice moving at speed around humans in a controlled ad relaxed manner.
Willow and her brother Champ need some help opening up those giant strides. This is one place that groundwork is really fun. Out in the open, working on a longer line, Jamie has Willow work on speeding up her stride without losing her cool! The purpose is all to get comfortable working at higher gaits so grinding out in the open is safer and refined work becomes less stressful.
This one is for Lida. Sometimes we get a little stuck when following the horse's feet first. Jamie and Sonny offer some idea's on how to complete this exercise with a better objective.
We do this thing with every horse, every ride. We call it anti-flight checks. We do it at a standstill because you don't want to discover you can't stop your horse once you are already moving. The name comes from correlation to a pilot's pre-flight check, but we prefer not to go flying, so they are anti flight checks! We decided to have one of our students explain them for you, instead of having me drone on about it!
Anticipation Station is one series of patterns we use to make preparations for performance fun, functional and creative
Gareth and Cherokee demonstrate the leg positions of the rollover. Some people believe that disengagement is bad for horses and that rollovers are hard on the horse's body. I fully disagree. This maneuver I learned from Buck Brannaman, it is about timing and feels. Timing and feel are what a good horseman is always trying to improve. Rollovers relax a horse and also create a light workout that employs switching from one quarter to the next (the weight is distributed to a different foot each step of the move).
These incredible ladies spent the week with us learning a little more about how their horses operate. When you have better speed control, out rides are more fun and far safer.
A question came in from one of my Correspondence Course Students in regards to becoming uncomfortable riding on a casual rein. (Rein in the main stops us from falling on ou brains). For many of you, letting loose your tight and short reins feel so uncomfortable. In this video, we talk about how to get past that and why it is is a necessary part of building your horse's foundation. A horse that is performing without a foundation is not going to make it very far. So, if you are interested in building a connection with your horse and developing your skills to train for performance, drop us an email at heartfeltkzn@gmail.com or find us on Facebook at Heartfelt Horsemanship. Good luck Chantelle, I promise you can do this and you will feel the rewards very soon. Hang in there, we have all the time in the world to get this right. Happy Trails!
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This video is from a trailer loading we did last week in Gauteng. The little Palamino ( Des) got really anxious and refused to go anywhere near the trailer. Gareth talks about the process of loading Des. Before we even got to the trailer his owner, Desiree, had already put in the basics needed to communicate with him.
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Natural Horse Management Certification This course was designed for horse professionals, but anyone involved in horses in any way will benefit from it. The course covers skills to improve relationship, communication and safety with horses. It also goes in depth into the theory behind why these techniques work. In addition to the practical horsemanship aspect of the course, there is also a natural husbandry module, so that horses in your care don't face health compromises when being kept as naturally as possible. The course can be done exclusively through correspondence ( course materials are sent via courier) and qualifying graduate students may be selected for full time study. For more information email heartfeltkzn@gmail.com or WhatsApp 0797705536 0723622620
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This video is condensed version of videos I took while starting a young appaloosa gelding under saddle. The geldings name is Alpha Eagles Bacharach. I was asked to start the process of his development, and work riders at Alpha Stud will continue his development. He will be available for sale at any point during his development. I decided to do a voice over of this video to give some insight into our process. People often expect too much of a young horse, and this gets them worried, and often makes things go terribly wrong. Fixing what went wrong often takes far longer than taking the necessary time from the start.
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When is it ok to use a webbing halter instead of a rope halter? There is still a tendency for people to be scared of rope halters because " in the wrong hands they can hurt the horse". The truth is a flat webbing halter, or Creek halter ( the only place they do any good is the creek), causes far more damage by causing the horse to lean on pressure.. they end up continually dragging handlers around .. normally end needing a bigger bit because being dull to the halter causes dullness to the bridle. The other aspect is that Creek halters tend to have constant pressure even when they are not activated. Further dulling the horse to requests.. so the answer to the question about when is it ok to use webbing halters instead of rope halters? In my opinion.. never
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We will be keeping an online video diary of Alpha Waps Xplosion's progress. He is being produced for jumping, and we very often have people misunderstand the fact that we build foundations for ANY discipline. Natural Horsemanship is not a discipline, it is a philosophy that applies to all disciplines. Follow this spotty giants progress as he learns the basics, and then we start adding some specialization. In the first video diary we deal with his tacking up the issue. This is a two-part process as his bridling is a far bigger issue.
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We recently put out a post on instagram noting that we don't lunge horses. We wanted people to tell us why you HAD to lunge a horse. We had some very helpful responses and we put this video together as a response. We have an equivalent to every good thing lungeing can achieve, without any of the negatives. Please note, we are not knocking peoples choice to lunge... just explaining why we don't recommend it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX4DN2T4_eM
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Two Moons Hesa Cool Son of a Gun ( Sonny) has progressed to riding out in a bigger area. We only progress out of the arena when the horse is responding at a light phase for all the basics, and is relaxed through every request.
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We recently had a fun day combining Cowboy Dressage classes with the obstacle aspect of Working equitation. Dream Hunter is familiar with obstacles from trail so we had a go.. the big difference being Working equitation is supposed to be at a steady pace... so I started at a trot feeling happy that I could maintain cadence.. in hindsight I should have done it at a lope/canter... it felt like we were out there forever!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZVkzuYBjPg
When someone mentions the fact that they have a nervous horse, the topic of calming supplements often comes up. Aside from the potential health issues some cause, there is good reason we avoid them.
This is the first of two videos of why we don't kick a horse to go, or pull a horse to stop
There are many confusing schools of thought regarding the position of leg cues. For me the proof is in the doing. When you don't use your rein, does your horse respond appropriately to you leg?
Xplosion is with us for a few months of training, and we are documenting his progress. We have already uploaded a video of Xplosions first saddling, and this is the first video of Jamie dealing with his issues with the bridle. Keep an eye out for the first ride video, […]
For those who saw the early videos of Melissa we thought you may like to see her progress. She has calmed down significantly and is actually enjoying her time with people. Under saddle ( see video of her under saddle) she is moving forward more freely.

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