Putting the welfare of the horse first is an ongoing goal for Via Nova, which is why we chose to sponsor the 2021 International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) Annual Conference this fall. Believing in the ISES mission, we were also interested in the variety of speakers and […]
The Lost Art of Horsemanship Panel at Equitana – Part 1, Understand behavior & body language. Be observant…
When deciding to sponsor this panel of experts discussing horsemanship at this year’s Equitana, we knew that the conversation certainly would be interesting. We were pleased to see it expand beyond our wildest expectations! Listening to what each expert had to say was […]
The Lost Art of Horsemanship Panel at Equitana – Part 2, Always a student. Be a horseman. Embrace the process of horsemanship.
In these five posts, we aim to recapture some of the highlights of this engaging discussion that crossed disciplines and backgrounds and was intricately woven together through expression and experience.
The panel consisted of Karen Rohlf of Dressage Naturally, Ronny Riemer, the “German Riding Instructor” of RC […]
Jen Roytz of the Retired Racehorse Project asked questions of The Lost Art of Horsemanship panel that led to some very illuminating answers. We highlighted aspects below by using some keywords and the knowledge shared accordingly. Note that the order of the questions […]
The Lost Art of Horsemanship Panel at Equitana – Part 4, Eat humble pie. Check your ego at the barn door. Ask questions.
The panel consisted of Karen Rohlf of Dressage Naturally, Ronny Riemer, the “German Riding Instructor” of RC Equestrian, Pat Parelli of Parelli Horsemanship, and Max Corcoran, Supergroom and USEA President.
Jen Roytz of the Retired Racehorse Project asked questions of the […]
The Lost Art of Horsemanship Panel at Equitana – Part 5, Understand shaping. Know the end to find the beginning. Take small steps…
Last but not least, we gathered these key aspects from The Lost Art of Horsemanship panelists at Equitana – understand shaping, know the end to find the beginning, take small steps, always remember the joy and be in the moment. Note that the order […]
It is always a pleasure to meet up with horse people from all over the nation, especially when it’s at the AHP Equine Media Conference. Canceled in 2020, this year over 100 media, sponsors and speakers gathered in Irving, Texas in September for some cowtown tours, interesting seminars, […]
Via Nova was so happy to have our student trainers, Cami & Jasmine, kick off their Via Nova: Priority to Positive® Program in August of 2021. Soaking up the experience in the classroom, in the barn, and around the property, they shared a day in the life after their first […]
At Via Nova: Priority to Positive®, we believe that Positive Reinforcement (R+) is a powerful means of motivating and communicating with horses. We strive to develop positive principles and tools to give traditional equestrians the means to improve performance, fix behavioral problems, and create more heart in their […]
Hand Feeding Safely with Positive Reinforcement (R+): Examples
While practicing Hand Feeding Safely with R+ we are teaching a behavior – calm, head away. Seemingly simple, it does take practice and patience, especially when the horse and/or the trainer are new at R+.
Practice, Practice, Practice ✋🏼 […]