Five minute Friday - releasing tension in the head

Uncategorized May 08, 2020

In this weeks Five minute Friday, proudly brought to you by Perfect Plaits, I have a play with the Mind Body method on Max' face. I know he holds some tension here so this is a lovely gentle way of bringing awareness and enabling the horse to let go.

Let me know what you think and how this goes for you and your horse!


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Five minute Friday - Help! My horse won't let me put a bridle on or touch his ears!

Uncategorized Apr 24, 2020

In today's five minute Friday I clicker train touching Ace' neck, poll, face, and ears.
At some point he has had some sort of trauma in this area and touching and bridling is an issue. Although he is much betterafter doing the mind-body work, there is still much work to be done. We have a really lovely session and finish 1% better than where we started.

Five minute Fridays are all about real life. As a human mum or busy horse mum, some days we just don't get a lot of time and it is easy to say 'what's the point?!'. Hopefully, these videos will inspire you to do it anyway!

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Five minute Friday - creating quality over quantity in groundwork

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2020

Five minute Friday is all about making the most of those days where we don't have a lot of time. It is so easy to feel unmotivated as it doesn't feel like there's much point if we can't put in a good session - but these short sessions are gold!

In our first Five minute Friday, I focus on quality over quantity in transitions and movement and helping Ace to feel good about our conversation.
We play with the go button, stop button, half halts, shoulder yields, clicker training and chill time. 

I'd love to know how you get on with these exercises, so feel free to drop a comment below to let me know or if you've got any questions you can comment here or send me an email at [email protected]

Ellie x

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A Lesson on Grief

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020
As the warmth left the day and the sun started to go down, Lola left her dead babies' side, where she has stood all day long, Only now and again wandering out to grab a bite of grass before heading back to stand watch. Sometimes pawing at the lifeless body as if trying to get her to wake up. I stood with her for some time, giving her a groom and a good scratch, one of her favourite things. And just being together as we both grieved the baby that only knew love, as my good friend reminded me.
Chrome, who had stood at Lola's gate from the moment she went into labour had not gone far all day either. Staying near the gate watching on. When the time was right, Lola joined him. Sometimes just standing at rest next to each other and then grazing along the fence together.

The stillness in the night was peaceful at my last check before bed. Chrome lay sleeping and Lola stood beside him on the other side of the gate. As I walked over and Chrome stood to his feet, Lola knickered to him...
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Working from the Inside Out - SYOH VLOG series ep2 ~ connection, partnership, and rapport.

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2020

In this episode, Ellie talks about creating connection, partnership and rapport before you even begin starting your horse and maintaining it while you embark on the journey from groundwork to ridden. From doing the inner work on ourselves - being aware and conscious, breath work, emotions and mindfulness, Love Languages, QT and mind-body work. PLus a short chat with Melissa Thompson, who did the SYOH course to restart her OTTB Albert who is now a kids lesson horse.

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How practicing motivation got me in a rut, and meditation pulled me out!

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2019
I've found it's really easy to be motivated.
Motivated to get my horse going and progressing, motivated to eat healthy, to go to bed earlier and get up and achieving earlier. Motivated to spend more time with my family and have that ultimate work life balance, and motivated to kick career goals.
But the trouble is, motivation only seems to last a short time, and the weight of all the motivation of things I want to do and achieve fall on my shoulders and all of a sudden what was exciting and motivating is now overwhelming and it feels like there is SO much to do. And where do I even start?! Motivation leaves and the day can so easily become a bit of a trudge. Not to mention the guilty feeling at the end of the day because I didn't get it all done! Ughh the cycle!! That's how I've been feeling a bit lately.
We know that motivation isn't enough. It's more of a temporary thing to get you inspired, but we also need to take action and create discipline. And sometimes that works...
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Don't Wake the sleeping baby!

We all know the story of the poor mums who creep around while their baby sleeps soundly... well until they're woken by a bird outside, the vacuum cleaner or dishes being stacked away. A recipe for a stressed out and exhausted mumma!
Thankfully, through luck (not an educated decision) and probably slight selfishness, I was one of those mums who carted my baby around to horse shows or whatever I was doing so she got pretty good at sleeping in her stroller and through the noise... bonus for a busy mum who needed to get things done!
I love finding parallels in life and horse training, and I think that this is a great example of what is all too common and such an easy trap to fall in to - the "don't wake my sleeping baby" syndrome, or horse in this case.
When we get a horse that is sensitive or has problems, we quite often tiptoe around for fear of having to deal with the outcome - not knowing how to deal with it or just not wanting to deal with it because...
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