Don't wait till you get hurt or get that hard to handle horse to get started on your horsemanship journey. All too often that is how people start to search for answers, it takes them to get hurt or have a horse that is behaving badly for them to go looking for answers. Don't wait...if you own a horse, don't go down the old path of kick em to go, pull em to stop, if you fall off you just get back on and ride...start looking for the answers to your questions now.

I do not promote any program, I can only talk from my own experiences and the lessons I have learned along the way. I certainly don't know it all, and I am keen to give other methods/ways a go and or to at least think about things rather then say, 'oh no I am never doing that'. Many of you will remember I use to call my newsletter Neva Say Neva...cause, far out, haven't I been regimented about things at times, and after moving on from Parelli I realised how narrow minded I had become. Parelli certainly gave me a lot of skills especially as a beginner rider, through following their program I did learn a lot of skills and skills I am still using today. But I also realised that I had become very closed minded, I didn't read or watch other dvd's or go to other clinics etc. So my closed mindness was no different to those that are close minded about thinking they have been doing it this way for 20 years and they don't need that 'stuff'...well time and time again I see that person and they will eventually get a horse that doesn't respond to the kick them to go and pull them to stop approach and it usually takes an accident and then they go mmm (or ouch) I don't have the answers for this horse and they will either sell it, or thankfully a lot do go, 'I need help'
and they will start looking.

I just wish people would start looking sooner rather then later. So I guess I am hoping if you are reading this, and you have been thinking about something you aren't quite happy about with your horse or with yourself...that you do take action and look into other ideas on how to make things better for your horse and for yourself. Sometimes it can be as simple as getting help with a horse that you can't catch and that you are having to leave that halter on in the paddock...(please get help, don't be leaving a halter on a horse in the paddock etc, you have all seen the photos of what can happen when you do this). Don't think it won't happen to you, cause eventually it will. I know it all takes time, and yep we are all short of time these days..but by gosh once you make that time and you get that horse easy to catch, that will not only give your more time; it will allow you to remove that halter which will keep your horse safe, it will improve the relationship you have with your horse which just opens up into better things.

These days you don't even have to spend money to get started, lots of instructors have free dvd's and articles online to help get you started. But do make a start, just choose one thing that you think you would like to get better with my horse and go from there...catching, bridling, saddling & trailer loading are probably four things I hear people having problems with.

I hope that has given you a bit to think about 🙂 and if you don't have any problems with those four things...then that is awesome, keep up the great work 🙂 cause one thing for sure it just doesn't happen, I know you have worked darn hard to get those four things good, so be proud 🙂

Till next time, keep on having fun.


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