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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

5/3/12

#69 Time


                                                                   #69 Time 

Folks have incredibly busy schedules and often don't/can't find the time to ride.  That's ok.  What is important is the time you spend with your little darling.  It makes all the difference in the world.

   It doesn't matter if it is only 10 minutes.  It is 10 minutes very well spend for your darling and for you.  If you can get him - (big) - halter him (big) - walk him (big) - this is HUGE in his head. 

 This is when you reinforce your leadership and your partnership with him.  And you do that simply by having him face you if he is in the stall, or get him to come to you, or he stands still when you go to get him;  you get him to lower his head to put the halter on, then you lead him next to you - all very quietly.  No rushing.  

You may only be able to walk him for 1 minute - but that 1 minute is very important to your horse.  He remembers that he can trust you and feel secure with you and even like you.  You don't need snacks.  

You've always heard it's the little things that matter.  Well, it's these little things that make a world of difference for the relationship between you and your horse. 
Dusty focused on Mary





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