Prevent Pulling Back When Tied

EVERY Horse Needs THIS! We talk a lot about a horse respecting your personal space and holding his distance behind you when you’re leading him. That should be established first. But there are times when you need to ASK your horse to come forward — loading in a trailer, sending through a gate, etc. There…

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Is Natural Horsemanship Ruining Horses?

In the world of what has come to be known as ‘Natural’ Horsemanship, there is a prevailing thought that if you ever use more than featherlight pressure, you’re not a good horser (my word). People have adopted the ‘natural’ philosophy and assumed that to create a ‘light’ horse, you must handle them ‘lightly’ all the…

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Does Your Horse Have Good Manners?

Everyone agrees that children should be taught good manners. We teach them to say please, thank you, to share, and not interrupt others as soon as they’re old enough to talk and understand. But horses should have good manners, too! A disrespectful horse is as unpleasant as a disrespectful child, and since a horse is…

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How To Have Confidence In The Saddle

One of the most important aspects of horsemanship is confidence –a confident rider and a confident horse. But confidence is not something that automatically happens. It must be built into the rider and also into the horse. And usually, one is dependent upon the other. A confident rider will cause the horse to be more…

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How To Convince A Stubborn Horse To Go In The Trailer

Although most horses can be either forced or pushed enough to eventually load into a trailer, if they’re anxious and uncomfortable about being in there, they will most likely paw the floor, kick the walls, and rush backwards out of there as soon as they get the chance. The goal is the make the trailer…

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Should I Blanket My Horse?

In January of 2014, Auburn University Department of Agriculture released a flowchart to help you know if and when your horse needs a blanket. The post got a lot of steam and went partly viral on Facebook…you may have even seen it in your own Facebook wall. Although humorous, this flowchart doesn’t really help those…

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How to Desensitize A Horse To Any Scary Object

Desensitizing is one of those things that can be way underdone or way overdone. Neither of those options is good. It would be impossible to desensitize a horse to every single object they may possibly encounter, but you CAN use exposure to certain objects as a lesson to build lifelong confidence and courage into the…

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Our New Promise To You

We (me and my brother Jared) have just finished a long meeting where we planned the first quarter of 2017 for CarsonJames.com LLC. And things are changing. But don’t worry…they’re changing to benefit YOU. We’re making a commitment to publish at least one new blog post every week throughout 2017. And each post will be…

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Knots For Tying Horses

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Curing Buddy Sour With Groundwork

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