How much bend and flexion

How much bend and flexion do you need? How much is enough and how much is too much? "With bend and flexion you need enough to make a horse f

Aims for Horsemanship Clinic

IAN'S AIMS FOR A HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC In a horsemanship clinic Ian concentrates on building a foundation for your horse or advancing on from

Training Tip - On Balance

On Balance - One of my goals when riding and training is to have a horse become balanced (ie.have an even distribution of weight over all fo


This is taken from Ronda Rousey's book My Fight Your Fight Aristotle said "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit". Winning is a habit, and so is losing. You can get into the habit of going into a tournament, a meeting, or an audition telling yourself: This is just for practice . If I fail, I can always try again later. If you go in with your excuses already laid out for you, it's hard to shake that mindset when "later" finally comes. Or you can go into every endeavour with the attitude that you are... going to knock this one out of the park. You can tell yourself: I am bringing my A-game because that is the only grade of game that I have. I am here to win,

Total Equine Expo

We had a great weekend at the Total Equine Expo at Toowoomba. Such a great group of people to work with, they put in a lot of hard work to make this weekend so successful. Demonstrations from Dan Steers, Tor Van Den Berge, John Lyons , Ken Faulkner to name a few. Ian rode Junior in two demonstrations - the first one was excercises to educate your horse outside the arena and the second one was using the mechanical cow. Ian was also one of the judges on Sunday for the Total Equine Trainer Challenge - which went to Jay Charnock. Ian (and Junioer) are at Southport today and tomorrow for a Horsemanship Clinic as part of an Equine Affair and then off to Toogoolawah for a cattle clinic on the wee

Ian's Training Tips

Ian Francis on Competition " You are going to have to compete against someone who is more talented, and you may have to compete against some

Ian's Training Tips

If you get caught up in thinking about what you are going to do tomorrow, or about what you failed to do yesterday , you may not have time to do anything today. ( Carl Mays "Winning Thoughts")

Ian's Training Tips

When something appears overwhelming  and there's no way to get it done, Reduce it to its smallest parts and take care of them one by one.  (



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