June 16, 2020

Most of us hate conflicts, we avoid them at all cost. It doesn't even matter the scale of the conflict: we will often put up with someone standing a little too close for comfort for fear of making the situation awkward, just as much as we'll avoid dealing with more ser...

June 21, 2019

What’s a working holiday?

During a working holiday, you’ll spend the whole day with us (and stay with us if you’re not from the area) and follow our daily routine. It is an opportunity to see how a small scale ethical horse business functions as well as a great way to l...

June 19, 2019

Almost 3 years ago to this day, Manjeev and I left our corporate jobs in Singapore and jumped into the great unknown.

We had established what we did not want in life, which included a glitz life in Singapore (we had it - it did not make us any happier) but we were not s...

June 8, 2019

Unlike many hardcore advocates of 'barefoot' horses who go out of their way and work hard to transition their horses from wearing shoes to going without ('barefoot'), we fell into it almost by chance.

 Even barefoot, our horses are able to go on all terrains

When we got...

April 10, 2019

As horse trainers, we often get asked how intelligent we think horses are.

We’ve often heard that, on a human scale, you could compare a horse to a 6-year-old. But trying to compare the horse’s intelligence or any other animal’s intelligence to a human scale is not very...

April 5, 2019

What we say is not always what we mean.

And vice versa.

Humans communicate in two ways, using words (semantics) and what scientists call prosody, which refers to everything else such as body language, tonality, facial expression context etc. Prosody is processed in the r...

April 5, 2019

Emotions are a key part of making long-lasting memories. You probably don’t remember what you had for breakfast on this day last year, but chances are you remember where you were or what you were doing when 9/11 happened, or when someone you really cared about died, ev...

April 5, 2019

Mexican author Don Miguel Ruiz once said “We only see what we want to see; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is just like a mirror that only shows us what we believe.

The idea that we only see what we want to see is quite a common one. This is becaus...

February 26, 2019

In northern India, “tongawalla’ refers to the horse carriage people. Horse carriages are still very common in India, from the grand carriages used during wedding ceremonies all the way down to the villager bringing his vegetables to the market or to the labourer transp...

October 26, 2018

Violaine on Mahakal in 2013 at the Jappaloup competition in Pune, the first time a Marwari horse won a dressage competition

Violaine Boulogne is a French horse trainer who spends a lot of her time training Marwari horses in Rajasthan. She is also involved in the equine...

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