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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Natural” Horsemanship
November 9th, 2015

“…anything forced is not beautiful.” ~Xenephon, The Art of Horsemanship “I try to feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is.” ~Tom Dorrance For the last five years I have been struggling with the term “natural horsemanship”. When I was writing about my training style on this website, I paused […]