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Horses and Halloween
October 31st, 2018

Elijah and Zephyr dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Cat in the Hat for Halloween Happy Halloween everyone! There is no shortage of Halloween celebrations in the horse world. There are plenty of shows, costume contests, and parades where horses are dressed up and shown off. Every time I see these events there […]

October 24th, 2018

Goals are great for life and they are great for our horsemanship journey. They keep us focused on the path ahead and motivate us to keep trying. However, goals also make us rush and forget about the journey that we are all on. When we become too focused on where we want to be we […]

Tying Your Horse
October 17th, 2018

It seems there are as many philosophies on tying horses as there are horsemen. Opinions vary from those that think every horse needs to know how to tie to a solid post to those that never tie. I think there is a middle ground. Safety Concerns When Tying First off, everyone needs to understand that […]

Positivity In Horsemanship
October 10th, 2018

As equestrians I think it is common to anticipate certain outcomes. You might expect your horse to be spooky on the trails or you might worry about him loading on the trailer. You brace yourself for the worst as if being prepared for a bad result is the only way to get through it. All […]

Leading (How To)
October 3rd, 2018

I’ve had several people ask me when they need to do groundwork before they ride and when they can just get on and I’ve found myself having a lot of difficulty answering this question. Although to most people’s eyes I often “just get on”, in my opinion that isn’t possible to do unless someone leads […]

“Bombproof” Horses
September 26th, 2018

When looking at horse ads and iso’s, I constantly see the term “bombproof”. It’s what everyone is looking for and what every kid-safe horse’s ad declares. It seems that for most people “bombproof” is the ultimate sign that the horse is indeed good. However, when I think of the word “bombproof” I see a shut […]

Before You Get On
September 19th, 2018

It seems to me that we spend way too much time focused on riding and not enough time on anything else. Time spent at the barn is categorized as before riding, riding, and after riding. Instead of spending quality time getting ready to ride, we rush to mount and deal with the issues as we […]

The Eternal Student
September 7th, 2018

I think that there is a lot of pressure in the horse world to learn everything. There is this concept that horsemanship is finite; there is a set amount of information, knowledge, and skills that can be learned. I see this most from beginners who ask, “how long will it take me to learn to […]

How To Get Your Horse to Stand at the Mounting Block
June 11th, 2018

One of the most common complaints I get from owners is that they cannot get their horse to stand still at the mounting block. Either the horse walks right past it, walks off as they put their foot in the stirrup, or doesn’t wait for them to get fully positioned before walking off. Causes of […]

The Basics of Collection and Throughness
May 31st, 2018

Recently a lot of my students have been struggling with the concepts of collection, thoroughness, and roundness. To me, this is the foundation of riding. These classical dressage principles allow us to improve the horse’s way of going, which in turn will improve their longevity and overall health. First, a little vocabulary. Throughness is achieved […]