Author Archives: Jacquie Pomeroy

Do you sabotage your horse’s trust?
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Do you sabotage your horse’s trust? We’ve been discussing trust and how inconsistency is the primary reason why your horse doesn’t trust you. Consistency is wonderful as long as you consistently do the right things. Like any progressive learning process, testing will reveal the degree of mastery over the subject matter and the effectiveness of… Read More »

How Important is Trust?
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How important is Trust?  Part 1 Do you have a horse that spooks, refuses to do what you ask or isn’t progressing in its training? It could be because your horse doesn’t trust you, that’s hard to hear, isn’t it? My first reaction to someone who says, “Trust me,” is the opposite; I suspect them,… Read More »

Horses and …. Ragwort
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Horses and Ragwort Ragwort is a dirty word for us horse owners, it can be the plague of our lives but when controlled effectively, dealing with it becomes just another annual job in the long list that goes with being an equestrian. Jacobaea vulgaris, commonly known as ragwort, goes by various names such as stinking… Read More »

Do I need a Round Pen?
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Do I need a Round Pen? The honest answer is, maybe or maybe not. A round area offers two primary benefits, safety and freedom for training. It makes for easier communication with your horse. The shape eliminates dangerous corners and lets you work at liberty, the closer it is to round the better it is… Read More »

Green Grass – love it or loathe it?
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Green Grass As we move into Spring and that green grass grows faster, some of us will be concerned about laminitis and weight gain in our horses but we can stay in control if we are aware of the dangers. Grass is usually a staple component of a horse’s diet, providing essential nutrients such as… Read More »

The Soggy Saga of Mud and Winter Horse Care
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The Soggy Saga of Mud and Winter Horse Care We are in the rainy season it seems —a time when brown becomes the primary colour of the paddocks and waterproof gear becomes our second skin. As horse lovers, we embrace the challenge of navigating through the muck and mire, all the while attempting to keep… Read More »

How Big Should A Round Pen Be?
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What size should a round pen be? Congratulations …. the decision is made, you need a round pen. But what size should my round pen be? The first thing you will need to decide when buying a round pen for your horse is how big the pen should be. Most round pens are around 50… Read More »

Round Pens – A Valuable Training Tool
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Round Pens – A Valuable Training Tool The perspective on the round pen as a valuable training tool aligns with the view of many experienced horse trainers. When used correctly, a round pen can indeed be an effective and safe environment for certain training situations. It provides a confined space where the handler can establish… Read More »

What is a Round Pen?
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What is a round pen? A round pen or lunge pen, in equestrian terms, is a circular enclosure with a gate historically used for training and ‘breaking’ horses. Today it has a much more humane connotations and is used to help people bond with their horses, amongst many other things. What is a round pen… Read More »