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Articles & Case Studies

The purpose of this blog will be to record and track variouse case studies involving horses, students, training, etc.  and a place for all of my training articles to be posted. This is soley for educational purposes and is only an expression of my own experiences and ideas.

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Horse's Prayer

Posted by Lauren on August 25, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)
The Horse's Prayer To thee, my master, I offer my prayer. Feed me, water and care for me, and when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean, dry bed and stall ide enough for me to lie down in comfort. Always be kind to me. Talk to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you. Do not jerk the reins, and do not whip me when going uphill. Never strike, beat or kick me when I do not understand wh... Read Full Post »

Cowgirls Prayer

Posted by Lauren on August 25, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)
The Cowgirl's Prayer Dearest creator in Heaven Give me strength to guide my horse Make my hands soft and my head clear Let my horse understand me and I him My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals Let me never loose sight of it. My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them. Let that need never lessen. Always let my breath catch as the sun gleems on an elegent head. Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker. Let the scent of fresh hay... Read Full Post »

Self-Mastery before Horse Mastery

Posted by Lauren on March 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Self-Mastery before Horse Mastery 

                The concept of self-mastery before horse mastery is often a very new concept to riding students, yet it is invaluable to the success of a rider at any level. It is so easy for riders to blame the horse for their short comings; but in the moments of failure the truth cuts deep… the horse is only ever a ...

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Equine Gastric Ulcers

Posted by Lauren on December 1, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Click on the link for information about Lauren's study on ulcers and her Ulcer Heal Herbal blend:

What every horse owner should have on hand!

Posted by Lauren on November 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

After being called out to help with a clients "semi-emergency" on a Sunday (which, by the way, is my day off) for the second time that month I decided it was neccessary to put together a basic list of natural remedies that every horse owner should have on hand and know how to use. Of course there are real emergencies when we need a vet and of course you should not hesitate to call one if that be the case, however, it is still nice to have something that can help in the m...

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What Is Rein Contact? by Ross Jacobs

Posted by Lauren on August 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What Is Rein Contact? by Ross Jacobs

The question of what is contact gets argued on dressage forums all over the world. Amateur and professionals have different opinions. Even many of the gurus of dressage can’t agree. With that in mind there is no chance that what I am going to say is going to sit well with everybody.

I think in order to understand what contact is you have to understand what is its purpose. Why do we want to have contact? If you can un...

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Extreme Mustang Makeover Competition

Posted by Lauren on August 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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Extreme Mustang Makeover: Week 2

Posted by Lauren on February 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Day 9 (Monday): Had the bareback pad and the little kiddie saddle on her today and turned her out in the arena. She is a great mover :D

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Day 10 (Tues): Today I put the light weight synthetic saddle on and stood up in the stirrups on both sides. Also bridled her...she is not so s...

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Extreme Mustang Makeover: Week 1

Posted by Lauren on January 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is the video of us bringing her home!

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Day 1 (Sunday): We sat in her stall reading for a few hours and she would approach us and smell us.

Day 2 (Mon): Spent a lot of time in her stall throughout the day. She does let me approach her and stand next to her now. I also threw the tarp ...

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Your Horse Gets A Say!

Posted by Lauren on December 10, 2012 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)


      Most often the questions that come from horse owners and handlers one way or another trace’sback to how to communicate something to their horse. Everyone wants to learn how to make their horse better understand what it is they are asking of them. Few people ever turn that around and ask “what is my horse trying to tell me?R...

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