11 Guidelines for Laminitic Horses

laminitisWhen winter is coming to an end, the days become longer and the grass begins to grow. Then many horses in Europe return to the fields.

But not for all horses this has been a happy moment.

Although young, fresh grass appears to be a nice addition to the regular food, it also brings risks with it.

The combination of clear sun and cold nights in spring create very high sugar levels in the new grass and this can be dangerous for grazing horses and ponies.

Huge amounts of sugar can lead to the disease 'laminitis' and every year many horses get acute laminitis where the horse is severly crippled and in pain. Recovery from this disease might take months.

Therefore I made some guidelines on how to prevent this disease, how to treat a horse with laminitis and how to get back to 'work' when the horse is back on its feet:

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Tools or no tools?

Master your energy

Oftentimes people ask me: can you also do it without a whip?

The answer is: Yes, you can!

You don't need to use a whip, as you can see in the video, but I prefer to.

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What to do when your horse gets bored?

boringWhen novice riders start a new method, then - after practicing the basics a few times - they often say that 'their horse gets bored'.

Now most of the time it's a projection of their own 'boredom';

  • When a rider is only practicing the 'names' of the exercise and not really the 'essence', that might lead to loss of interest.
  • And when a rider is only concentrating on the WHAT of an exercise and not on the WHY, that might lead to a 'dull' training.
  • Boredom also comes from if you start to compare with yesterday and when you start to expect, when you stop having an open mind for all the tiny details, when you stop being just interested in what happens, or when you stop having a beginner's mind. 

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How to deal with imperfect conditions?


  • What if your arena turns into a swimming pool every time it rains?
  • And afterwards are in the mud?
  • What to do if you are covered in snow?
  • What if your outdoor arena is covered in a sheet of ice?
  • And the ground is slick and slippery?
  • What if you have nowhere to go to practice because of the hot sun?

Well you could do just nothing and wait....

But if you wait for the perfect conditions you'll never get anything done!

So here are some ideas and alternatives on how to deal with imperfect conditions.

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