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Finding the Right Bit: A Matter of Patience and Respect.

In your hands, you hold your horse’s emotions. With the reins and the bit you are not only able to provide your horse with information about where you wish to go, how you wish his posture to change or how fast or slow to move. With the reins and the bit you impact directly a horse’s s
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BREAKING NEWS: (not) Training success and how much your horse is connected to you emotionally, feels safe, comfortable and acknowledged are strongly interrelated.

Science is finally recognizing something Manolo and Linda Tellington Jones amongst others have known, practiced and taught for decades and decades: Touch has a profound physiological, mental and emotional impact on horses. On every living being really. Linda’s work is even calle
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What gives Clint his Bloom and Athleticism (besides training)?

Manolo is often asked what he feeds his horses that gives them such blooming coats, strong hooves, shiny full tails and manes and beautiful bodies. To answer this question, we thought we would share the details of our horses daily life, starting with Clint Eastwood. Clint is a 2000 im
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Fixity is the Enemy of Suppleness & Soundness (Elasticity Rules)

Something to keep in mind when you lunge your horse or work him/her in-hand. Fixed headsets, fixed postures, fixed gaits for long or even short stretches of times do not build fitness, instead they build stiffness. Too much energy/activity runs the horse down and damages its body. Not
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Take your Time or Things Take Time are words to live by if you work with horses.

Reward and praise are a constant theme in Manolo’s being with horses as is quietly standing by, while working in-hand. Giving horses the space and time to absorb a new situation, a new exercise, giving them the time to ground themselves before asking them to move one foot. I hav
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Touch Your Horse

Touch Your Horse

Touch your horse to connect, to detect, to release, to reward, to assist to unfold, to remind, to facilitate, to bring peace or energy to make whole and to make well. Touch. This is a theme that comes back again and again in Manolo’s work and in the future weeks we will be shari
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