The first step in our journey is to explain what the cavesson is. It is a halter type head piece that is worn on the horse’s head to enable you to communicate using a long lead rope. The cavesson has a metal noseband with a leather covering over the top. It is designed to sit loosely when fitted correctly on the horses face. It should never cause pain or harm to the horse when used. The lead is generally a light weight rope that attaches to a ring in the centre of the noseband.
There are three main types of cavessons available and they originate from three different schools of thought and teaching. The French, Spanish and German.
You will find a whole range of lunging systems developed by different people. For the purpose of this article we will confine ourselves to discussing the traditional cavessons.
The French Cavesson is characterized by a flexible metal nose band...
Beyond the comfort zone
One of the biggest ideas for horse training is understanding the horses own thresholds.
What does the horse cope with? Physically this could mean the horse can handle dogs, bikes & small children. But doesn’t cope with loud noises and flapping bags. Knowing this can help you keep yourself safe because you can avoid these specific situations.
But what about the psychological & emotions? How does a horse handle pressure?
What sorts of thoughts and emotions is the horse having and do they change with different situations.
One idea I was taught was the idea of zones. A lot of us maybe familiar with the idea of a ‘comfort zone.’ To me this means in a specific area the horse is calm, relaxed and doesn’t feel threatened. They can think, listen to you and responds in a positive way. I call this the comfort zone. Mentally your horse is in a place that they feel safe, relaxed and are under minimal pressure both physically...
Develop and Enjoy
Working with David he is focused on building a better relationship with your horse. It’s about understanding and developing a shared language and building true communication and connection. It concentrates on building your confidence, helping you to become a respected and trusted leader.
What distinguishes David from other trainers is not only that he understands the language of the horse, but he has a strong ability to transfer his knowledge and skills to you in a way that it is a truly positive, rewarding and empowering experience. Most important of all, David has a genuine interest in your horse and your personal progress. He provides you with knowledge and skills that help you to grow and develop into a true horse(wo)men.
Regardless if you are just at the beginning of your journey or training to get your next blue ribbon, working with David will add real value to your own journey with your horse, so you can learn to be your horse’s perfect...
By David Mellor 2017
Many people ask me how do I get my horse to relax? Or more specifically, my horse is more distracted by every bird, twig and leaf that moves, but I have to use spurs and a crop to get him to move. How can I change this?
Well my answer is you need to improve the connection from your horse to you. By this I mean somehow you want the horse to put as much effort into listening to you, or trying to work out what you want as he does watching all the other things in his world that is distracting him.
Imagine if you could harness that effort. Instead of your horse putting so much effort into watching and reacting to other things, imagine him trying that hard for you. That would be incredible.
So how do we do this? The answer. It all starts from the ground. Your horse has spent its entire life practicing and learning to respond from no-verbal communication. They are hard wired to watch body language, to notice every small motion of the lead horse. To respond...
Floating Your Horse
By David Mellor
Floating can be a bit of a daunting experience, especially when you have to cover long distances or when the experience starts out with a bit of a drama and power struggle with your horse refusing to get onboard and into the float.
Here is one Horsemans philosophy regarding Float loading and how we can help our horses become braver and calmer.
“My horse walks into the float but then rushes backwards and hits his head in the process.” “My horse pulls away from the float and sometimes even rears up.” “My horse stays well clear of the float and doesn’t even get close to it.” I am often asked these questions and what people should do, if they continue to experience one of these or maybe even all of these problems, then your horse is trying to tell you something, they don’t want to get on that float.
Making sure that your horse loads stress-free doesn’t start on...
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