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The ugliness of motivation

By Julie Taylor on 27.03.2017

For a few days I have been pondering the meaning of the word “motivation” and the way it is used by horse people. In our latest video...

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Training

House of cards

By Julie Taylor on 02.07.2016

If you're anything like me, you will have asked yourself at some time in the past: "What does it take to get a yellow card for abuse of the...

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Billy, go home

By Julie Taylor on 23.05.2016

Dear Billy. I know you're not real. I know you're just a mascot invented to promote the 2016 Rio Olympics. If you were a real horse, you'd be less of...

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Behaviour

Flights of fancy

By Julie Taylor on 10.05.2016

Why do we call horses flight animals? Even I say it and I have witnessed how decidedly unflighty free living horses are and how little they concern...

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Welfare

Right on the nose

By Julie Taylor on 04.05.2016

According to an article in the Guardian yesterday, the FEI does not think that there is a problem with nosebands being cranked too tightly at FEI...

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Training

Bare necessities

By Julie Taylor on 02.05.2016

Have you ever done something you didn't want to do because your riding instructor told you to do it, while your conscience told you otherwise? I...

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Training

DAP for beginners: Where to land

By Julie Taylor on 29.01.2016

The debate about DAP – or Diagonal Advanced Placement – is happening again on the internet. A video by long time horse breeder Barbara...

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Welfare

Killing well

By Julie Taylor on 05.11.2015

It's the easiest thing in the world to be angry with whoever has seemingly been cutting horses' legs off at endurance races in the Middle East,...

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Welfare

14 ways to fix the sport

By Julie Taylor on 20.10.2015

The most interesting horse welfare news so far this week is that the Swiss Equestrian Federation has decided to ban the use of draw reins completely...

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Welfare

Danish federation backs up FEI stewards in Falsterbo scandal

By Julie Taylor and Luise Thomsen on 02.10.2015

The Danish Equestrian Federation has finished its investigation of the controversial photos of Tørveslettens Stamina and Andreas Helgstrand at...

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