Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship
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I will be collecting information on training horses, ground work and natural horsemanship for my senior project.
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Equestrian Studies | Houghton College

Equestrian Studies | Houghton College | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
Earn your degree in equestrian studies from a top Christian college. Integrate your Christian faith into the classroom as you prepare for a career in equestrian studies.
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I really enjoyed reading about Houghton College's equestrian studies. Their website has a good layout that is easy to understand and locate information. Although I am not Christian, this does seem like a very nice college I would consider going to. I am interesting in science as well, which is definitely incorperated into equine studies.

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Lessons & Training

Lessons & Training | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
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I found this website when I was looking for a new barn to go to. Since I am not leaving Equine Life Solutions, this is no longer helpful to me. But I did want to share with everyone else how beneficial these dressage trainers are and that they really try to help you. They go slow and work at your skill level; highly needed especially for the average novice. If I ever leave ELS, I would definitely consider going here. They are cheaper than most places and their location is in monroe.

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Natural Horsemanship Benefits

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What really helped me in this article was that it explained all the benefits for natural horsemanship. These benefits not only applied to a rider but to the horse as well. If i were a novice and I read this article, I would definitely choose natural horsemanship over anything else!

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Equine Expressions: Understanding Your Horse’s Body Language

Equine Expressions: Understanding Your Horse’s Body Language | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
Understanding equine body language is critical to successful horse-human interactions. Find out what it all means.
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Sometimes while we ride, we forget all about the horse underneath us and just concentrate on our technique. I know that all the time I forget that there is a live animal right below me. Riding isn't just all about you and your skills, but is also about your horses skill and well-being. This website really helps to explain some common missconceptions about horse behavior. Just simple quirks that horses do can really affect your riding. For instance, your horse could be swishing their tail as you ride and you could have no understanding that your horse was irritated. Then you wouldn't be having any real connections with your horse; which is essential in natural horsemanship as well as an inspiring competitor. This short, but very concise article about horse behavior has helped even me (a rider of 1.5 years), to fully reflect back on my days of riding to which i know understand why my horse had acted the way it did.

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Even More Legs

Even More Legs | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
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I am currently taking lessons at Equine Life Solutions and have been for the past year and a half. This has been my first experience working with hrses and I am glad this was the place I chose. Even though I have riden a few other of the horses stalled here, for the past several months now I have been working with Sugar. She has been very challenging but very benefitial as well. I could not pick a better partner. At Equine Life Solutions I have learned to create a relationship with horses and build upon that trust and communication to really be successful.

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Wilson College | Academics | Study Abroad

Wilson College | Academics | Study Abroad | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
Wilson College, a liberal arts college in PA, transforms the lives of students and prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions.
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A study abroad program is exactly what I wish to do in the future. I love to travel and I love horses. This seems like the perfect equestrian college to go to.

 

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Dressage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dressage (/ˈdrɛsɑːʒ/ or /drɨˈsɑːʒ/; a French term, most commonly translated to mean "training") is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as "the highest expression of horse training", where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."[1] Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, the horse will respond smoothly to a skilled rider's minimal aids. The rider will be relaxed and appear effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet." Although the discipline has ancient roots in Europe, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of modern dressage.

In modern dressage competition, successful training at the various levels is demonstrated through the performance of "tests", prescribed series of movements ridden within a standard arena. Judges evaluate each movement on the basis of an objective standard appropriate to the level of the test and assign each movement a score from zero to ten – zero being "not executed" and 10 being "excellent". A score of 9 is very good and is a high mark, while a competitor achieving all 6s (or 60% overall) should be considering moving on to the next level.

All riding horses can benefit from use of dressage principles and training techniques. However, horse breeds most often seen at the Olympics and other international FEI competitions are in the warmblood category. Many other breeds are seen at various levels of competition.

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Of course Wiki has so many answers about dressage, just as any other subject, but this website has all the collected information that I could only find scattered everywhere else. Wiki covers everything from the origin of dressage and formality of it to the horse's dressware and arena layout. There is so much information here and it really gives a big run through off all the basic questions that people have about dressage.

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What’s Your Horse Thinking? from Horse&Rider | EquiSearch

What’s Your Horse Thinking? from Horse&Rider | EquiSearch | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
Animal scientist Temple Grandin, PhD, offers insights into your horse’s thoughts and feelings—and how they affect his behavior.
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This article quickly reminded me that horses are not set out to hurt us humans, but they are in fact scared of us. Horses are prey animals and are concentrated only on survival. Their "fear senses" are much quicker and less accurate than humans, which is why they react so suprisinglyto us. Most people are scared of horses because of their great power, strength and size. But it turns out that they are probably more scared of us than we are of them. This also reminds me that there is no need to "beat them into submission" but to simply take care of them. I think that is real natual horsemanship.

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Dressage

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Dressage is a discipline of horsemanship that creates a highly refined and harmonious relationship between horse and rider. While dressage literally means "training" in French, it is so much more...
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Natural horsemanship is also another word for dressage. It is connecting to your horse in various ways to get a specific reaction and performance out of them. Getting into horses and riding I have been unsure of what path a would like to go down such as hunter/jumper, dressage, or just for pleasure. After learning more and more about horses, my abilities and the possibilities, I have decided to learn more about dressage. Dressage realy stresses the relationship between you and your horse and it is rewarding for every horse to be trained in dressage. I love to ride for fun but I have been thinking of competing as well. This article gives a little view as to what dressage is and what the competitions are like, including the different types of showcase dressage.

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Natural Horsemanship – The Parelli Program

Natural Horsemanship – The Parelli Program | Veronica's CE Project on Natural Horsemanship | Scoop.it
  Natural Horsemanship - Overview The Parelli Program of horse training teaches expertise and success with horses based on the way horses relate and communicate in their natural world – hence the term “natural horsemanship.”     The...
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As I am currently in a natural horsemanship class at Equine Life Solutions, i have learned many of these things in my lessons but only through actions. These tips are written down and are useful to look at and remember when you are working with horses. Pat Parelli adds some helpful insights into the relationship between people and their horses. Not only is it about the horse, but it is about you and your training as well.

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