The Eloquent Equine | No. 11 - Try Something New!

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because I was willing to change my discipline to suit the horse. The first horse I picked up, “Soar” aka Kahleesi, is a 2007 grey mare with 4 white socks and a blaze from Ontario. When I brought her home I knew she was going to special because she seemed very smart, energetic, responsive, and athletic. The second horse I picked up, “Lion of Wallstreet” aka Cupid, is a 2008 chestnut gelding with 3 socks and a blaze from Ohio. I picked him up right at the Mahoning Racetrack. He had finished racing just 3 weeks prior to me buying him. When I brought him home I knew he was going to need some work – his health was not great (bad teeth, worms, underweight), and he wasn’t as athletic as Kahleesi.

Despite having no indoor arena, I made the best of it and worked in the round pen in the snow when the footing was decent enough. Because the footing wasn’t great, we didn’t start much riding or canter work for a couple months.

I began training my horses right away – I started with their A, B, C’s of harmony horsemanship both on the ground and in the saddle. I put a focus on getting my horses connected to me because at first we had no trust.

In May and June I started to take my horses to clinics so they could have positive off property experiences. This was really important because it meant they could travel off property but focus on learning, not showing.

I use harmony horsemanship because it is a technique that teaches an understanding of yourself, your horse, and the language we use with horses.

I then started to dabble in different shows. I decided to try obstacle showing and competed in the Natural Horsemanship Association’s Horse Agility and Obstacle shows.

It’s the perfect combination of natural horsemanship mixed with centered riding and body awareness so you can discover harmony with horses (learn more at www.harmonyhorsemanship. ca).

Horse agility is when you ask your horse to complete tasks or obstacles while on the ground (not riding) - it’s similar to dog agility where you complete a course of obstacles.

All Photo(s) | Megan Stapley Photography

Lindsey Partridge has been coaching and training horses since 2002. She is a Level 1 Centered Riding Coach, Level 4 graduate of Finesse/Freestyle in Parelli, Equine Canada Rider Level 8, Natural Horsemanship Association Platinum Level Coach/Trainer, and Certified Coach of Ontario. Learn more about her at www.

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