Mar 13 2014
When I was sleeping last night I had a dream. I dreamed about my life before Mike and Sam took care of me. I was at another farm, when one day a trailer came to pick all of the horses up including me. I was not afraid, I just walked onto the trailer with my […]
Mar 07 2014
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Velvet and this is my story.
When people look at me they always smile and say how cute I am. I like to think I am more beautiful than cute but it does not really matter. My coat is a lovely shade of gray and is […]
Feb 20 2014
This winter has certainly been a busy one! Jake and Paige, our magnificent sleigh team, along with their good friend Major in the one-horse open sleigh – have entertained numerous families, groups, and couples with the joys of a winter sleigh ride through Muskoka.
Recently we were able to host Dave and Deb from the […]
Jul 03 2013
The herd at Back of Beyond continues to grow. The latest additions are Bo, a striking paint gelding and Annie a gentle Trakhener mare. They have joined Star and Pinball as part of the lawnmower brigade and spend their days chilling in the arena grooming each other or grazing. All four of them together do […]
Apr 08 2013
Can every physically-sound horse be ridden? Or are there some horses that are just not good with a rider? I have heard of expensive horses being sold at auction for peanuts because no one could ride them.
There are many reasons why a physically-sound horse might find riding stressful or difficult and act accordingly. First of […]
Mar 21 2013
Hi Cathy! When deciding to commit to having your own horse, what sort of things should influence your decision? And what should not? (as in, you may have a colour preference, but there is more to picking the ‘right’ horse than that, right?) Obviously a beginner rider would need a horse that’s not TOOO advanced, […]
Mar 14 2013
How are the skills you must develop to attain leadership in a horse-human relationship transferable into leadership in human relationships?
There are many skills that transfer into leadership in human relationships, which can be developed and practiced while attaining leadership in a horse-human relationship. A good leader has several of the following qualities – all of […]
Mar 09 2013
How important is consistency within the horse-human relationship?
Clear and consistent communication is essential to good leadership within the horse human relationship, but it is compassion which develops the trust necessary to become the benevolent leader in the partnership.
Horses, as a prey animal, are always looking for a benevolent leader to keep them safe. Communication […]
Mar 03 2013
What sort of communication should occur between a human and a horse in an ideal relationship?
Communication, in an ideal horse-human relationship, occurs on many levels in a constant, dynamic back and forth flow. At the physical level both horses and humans shape their bodies in a constant stream of communication. This is conscious on the […]