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Taking Your Time Without Drilling
May 15th, 2019

I feel like my greatest challenge as a trainer is knowing when to take my time to really get something good and when to move forward so as not to drill. Some of my friends implement a “45 minute rule” where they set a timer and wrap up when it goes off. In a lot […]

Building Your Foundation: Riding Green Horses Like They Aren’t Green
May 8th, 2019

At the last Terry Church Clinic I attended Terry said something I have been pondering now for a few weeks. She told me that she doesn’t ride green horses like they are green. This was a bit mind blowing to me because everyone knows you have to have lower expectations and use fewer aids at […]

Mental and Physical Tension
April 24th, 2019

I think as horsemen it is very common to get into this routine of releasing either physical or mental tension. You start to frame your whole training session as making the horse more relaxed or more supple. You might even use both those words together, but if you really look at what you are doing […]

Reminder: Horses are Animals Too
April 17th, 2019

This last weekend I was away at a schooling show at the Woodside Horse Park. It was a fantastic opportunity to expose younger / greener horses and riders to a multi-day show at a busy facility. However, I saw a lot of riders who had forgotten that their horses aren’t machines you press to start […]

5 Tips to Be a Better Horseman
April 10th, 2019

As horsemen and women we are constantly striving to make our horses better. Many of us put our horses in training so that they become more educated, we take lessons to learn how to how to work them better, and we constantly read articles in order to provide better care and training. However, this focus […]

Lameness vs. Stiffness
April 3rd, 2019
Trusting Your Instinct – Lessons from Last Weekend’s Terry Church Clinic
March 27th, 2019

Last weekend I went to a clinic with the ever-talented Terry Church. I’ve worked with her a lot over the years and always look forward to bringing her my greenest, most challenging horses to help sort out. This year I didn’t have a particularly challenging horse to bring, so I brought my 4 year old […]

Letting Go in the Release
March 20th, 2019

As some of you may know, I went to a clinic a few weeks ago with the wonderful and talented Amber Lydic. I learned so much from her in such a short time, but what has stuck with me the most is about my release. If you know me or have ever worked with me, […]

Best Laid Plans
March 13th, 2019

I was feeling a little bit discouraged this week because I have a lot of events planned for the end of March and April and my horse has once again managed to hurt himself. I started to think that all of my plans were for naught because something always seems to get in the way. […]

Being a Little Different
March 6th, 2019

This week I’m going to get a little more personal. If you know me, I’m a fairly young trainer. I am just starting out my career, relatively speaking, and I do things a bit differently than a lot of trainers. I believe every horse should be in pasture, regardless of situation, and I believe that […]