By day I work with vulnerable equines.
By night I write.
It's a wonderful life.
The Feelings My Mental Illness Robbed Me Of
It's been nearly two years since I went on antidepressants. It had gotten to the point where I wasn't leaving the house much and I cried several times a day over things that hadn't happened yet. I was paralyzed by dread that one day my loved ones would die and I'd be left all alone. I'd already lost someone, and I didn't know how I could go through that again and again and again. It was tearing me up and living away from home made me feel like I was wasting the time I had left. But you can't live like that. You have to live your life and not let fear hold you back. You have to build a life for yourself even if it means leaving people behind. So I went to the doctors and I went on antidepressants. Eventually, they numbed the fear and I could get back to living life, though everything was a little numb from then on.
Horses Can't Take the Piss!
In my many years spent as part of the equestrian community, I've come across many great riders and highly capable grooms. Even so, it worries me just how many harbour misconceptions about equine behaviour and perception. The amount of riding instructors I hear proclaiming that a pony is simply "taking the piss" and that you need to "show him who's boss" is troubling. In this article, I'm going to debunk this common, but misguided belief that I have encountered all too often within the equine community.
Top 5 Clicker Training Mistakes...
Clicker training is a common way of training an animal using positive reinforcement. It is an effective method of training which involves the use of a small device that clicks, a reward, and a patient handler. The basic principle is rewarding the animal for performing the desired behaviour and ignoring it when it does not perform the desired behaviour. The clicker is employed as soon as the target behaviour is performed and used as a bridge, in order for the animal to create an association between the food and the reward. The method is commonly used to train dogs, but can also be effectively used to train any animal (even a goldfish), so long as the trainer works within the species' natural limits.