Be with Your Horse

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David & Charles, May 1, 2005 - Pets - 192 pages
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Get your relationship right with your horse and he'll try to get it right with you, too. It's not about following steps to success or special equipment. It's about very subtle signs that show him you are on his side, and when you're with him he can let you take responsibility for his safety. This is the heart of great horsemanship. Be With Your Horse is a clear and accessible guide to finding the best relationship with your horse. Tom Widdicombe invites the reader to embark on a search for the perfect partnership, learning how to make your horse a willing friend, and find the balance between leadership and respect. The book is full of practical advice applicable to all horse owners and horse lovers, and peppered with accounts of Tom's own experiences with horses and how they shaped his ideas about training horses and humans to achieve a greater understanding of one another
 

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Contents

It looks like magic
10
Making an impression
13
The travelling horseman
18
Do you really need to know?
21
One job to do
25
You can do it
28
The Holy Grail
30
Setting up the relationship
32
Give yourself time
104
Hang on in there
108
Can you learn Feel?
110
Find that softness
115
Why no stress?
117
Do you like your horse?
120
Can horses feel the unknowing?
122
What do you want from your horse?
126

Was he just a bad loader?
34
Keep your horse sweet
39
Give your horse time
46
Dont make it hard for your horse
48
Stay ahead of the game
51
More about giving your horse time
53
Get your horses attention
55
Be clear and be sure you re being clear
57
Dont nag your horse
59
Spot the real problem
60
Understand the principles
63
Gentle all the time?
65
Keep your horse conscious
69
Beyond understanding
73
Getting into work mode
75
The gypsy horseman
79
Accept youre only human
81
It all comes down to you
84
In the moment
87
Making judgements
89
All in all
93
Being Alive
96
Your side of the deal
98
Learn from where you are
100
Fantasy versus reality
102
The wrong horse
127
The wrong owner
132
Give your horse what he needs
137
Sometimes Things Go Your Way
140
finding the key
142
Taking responsibility Cruse continued
143
Finding your confidence
146
Rebuilding your confidence
148
Trainers trainers and more trainers
150
All horses are the same but different
154
its not just horses
157
There are some difficult horses
159
Where to start from
160
Its your choice
164
Taking responsibility continued
166
Winning and losing and more about responsibility
168
Maybe youre not the responsible type
172
Useful qualities
176
Is that too many rules?
180
STAY SAFE
181
Solving problems
182
Remember we are all human
188
Be with your horse
190
Get it into your mind how it is for the horse
192
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About the author (2005)

Tom Widdicombe is a Recommended Associate of the Intelligent Horsemanship Organization, one of about 30 in England. Widdicombe has written features for "Your Horse magazine, and recently appeared on BBC2's "Make Me Honest. He lives near Haytor, Devon, England.

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