Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Natural Horsemanship

A young gal is starting her Icelandic Horse with natural horsemanship. She is riding bareback and bitless, doing the circle game, and also a figure 8 on-line.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Starting Icelandic Horses Bitless

The interior of the Icelandic Horse's mouth generally has a low palate and sensitive bars. It is beneficial to start them with sidepulls, lindells, bosals, hackamores, rope halters, regular halters, or any other bitless configuration that is not severe.

Young horses have many changes going on in their mouths until they are mature adults. Teeth are still coming and going for a while. Training bitless saves them from discomfort from the bit.

The horse should be trained with emphasis on relaxation; no tension on the reins, so that the horse can relax his head and neck.

Horse Quote: Do Less, Get More

"Do less, get more--a peculiar and wonderful equation."

This quote is from Leslie Desmond, co-author of the book, True Horsemanship Through Feel.

The quote is from her article: A Bit About Bit Adjustment.

Friday, February 6, 2009