Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Horsing with Catherine Madera

By Laura Schonberg   Over the next year I’ll be introducing you to many friends who, like me, are passionate about horsing around. The first is Northwest Horse Source editor, Catherine Madera. My First Horse: I started riding lessons at around eight years old and would look wistfully at the …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Four Ways to Improve Connection

by Laura Schonberg   As I go galloping in to the more mature years of my life, I have become much more reflective about my horsemanship.  My action-oriented nature is often in conflict with my horses’ natural state that seeks quiet. I easily miss what my horse is telling me and …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Train Your Horse to Load

Train Your Horse to Load Quickly, Confidently and Consistently by Laura Schonberg   If you have ever spent any time at a trailhead, busy arena, or show day parking lot, you have likely witnessed this intense scenario: horse(s) refusing to load in a trailer. If you’re anything like me, I …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Three Ways to Train Your Horse’s Mind

by Laura Schonberg   When I first started riding at six years old, I went to the barn because I wanted to ride.  It didn’t matter how inclement the weather, how the tack fit, which horse I had to ride, or how that horse felt about it all. We simply …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Bridling Basics

by Laura Schonberg When my mare Poema first came home she had not been bridled, saddled, or ridden.  I wanted to build on what I learned from developing working relationships with my first two horses and, in particular, avoid the mistake of going too far too fast. I naturally operate …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Haltering Basics

A Good Ride Starts with the Halter by Laura Schonberg   There is nothing more frustrating than looking forward to horse time after a busy day and discovering it’s difficult to get your horse.  Haltering is a basic exercise that is easy to rush through yet critical to establishing the …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Desensitize Your Horse to Basic Home Health Care

by Laura Schonberg   One of the challenges in bringing home a young and inexperienced horse (Poema) has been conditioning her mind, body and hooves for riding on the trail. We have had several setbacks, one of them being an abscess that not only took its sweet time rupturing, it …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Safely Navigating Gates

by Laura Schonberg With a new mare that adores our geldings and hates being separated, we’ve been working on ground manners. After gaining more respectful behavior, we began to practice safely moving through gates. Poema’s inclination was to impulsively rush through, paying no mind to the human beside her. This …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Round Pen Basics for Respectful Ground Handling

by Laura Schonberg   This winter I brought home a new horse. “Poema” is out of a Kiger mustang mare and is young, high spirited and unbroke. One of the training issues needed attention is working on Poema’s ability to leave, and be left by, my geldings (“The Boys”). She …

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