From Moshi

May 24, 2016 by      0 Comments

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Happiness. What is that, exactly? Is it winning a blue ribbon? Is it winning the lottery? Is it falling in love? Or does it take some kind of magic formula to achieve? Would you believe me if I told you that happiness is a habit? So is unhappiness. Of course, there are life events that can change your feeling state, but the overall quality of … Read more »

From Indy

May 24, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I'm definitely a creature of habit. I get up at the same time every morning, eat the same breakfast, go outside and check out my usual places, and follow Rhett back in the house to sit at his feet while he reads the paper. From there, our day might be different, but mornings are always the same. I'm also in the habit of being happy. I have a … Read more »

From Moshi

May 10, 2016 by      0 Comments

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My friend Maggie sent me a note this week. She said she appreciates my weekly motivations, but could I please address the issue of "momentum" as it relates to riding. Every time Maggie and her rider have a lapse in their riding schedule, they find it hard to get back in the training groove. As much as her person loves riding, she still finds it … Read more »

From Indy

May 10, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I'm so happy to be back in Vermont! It's cool here with lots and lots of BUNNIES! I miss my swimming pool in Florida, but I've got wonderful ponds and streams all around where I can swim and play. Sometimes, Rhett lets me go with him when he visits other farms so I get to visit lots of my old friends. Vermont is a very happy place! Moshi asked … Read more »

From Moshi

April 26, 2016 by      1 Comments

issue104-moshi

Breathe. Take a deep, cleansing breath. Fill your lungs as deeply as you can. Now let it out slowly. Take at least twice as long to let the air out as you did taking it in. Repeat. In-out-in-out. Take your time. How do you feel now? Can you feel your blood moving throughout your body? Do you feel a bit light-headed or dizzy? That's normal. Your … Read more »

From Indy

April 26, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I'm a great navigator. Rhett doesn't always hear my directions, but I do know where I'm going. I've done the trip from Florida to Vermont enough times now that I know the way just by the smells. Each town and each highway have their own unique aromas that waft through the truck windows. I know exactly where I am. Navigating through life isn't so … Read more »

Keep Your Horse on the Bit Through Walk to Trot Transitions

April 19, 2016 by      0 Comments

ApriltrainingTip

To keep your horse on the bit I walk to trot transitions (or any transition, for that matter), first teach him the connecting aids in walk and trot. For a period of three seconds: Close both calves to create energy. Close your outside hand in a fist to recycle the energy back to the hind legs Vibrate the inside rein, if necessary for … Read more »

How To Ride Corners

April 19, 2016 by      1 Comments

April

No matter what level you’re doing, you have to ride corners. The general rule for riding corners is that you don’t have to go any deeper into the corners than the smallest circle done at each level. So, the smallest circle you’re asked to do for First Level is a 10-meter circle. That means you need to get into the corner to the depth of one … Read more »

From Moshi

April 12, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I don't remember my Mom. Do you? Some of you talk to your mom all the time and others never do. Few of us horses still have contact with our mothers. In the wild it's usually just the fillies who stay in the same herd with their moms. The boys usually move out to a bachelor herd until we find (or steal) a band of girls of our own. Spring brings … Read more »

From Indy

April 12, 2016 by      0 Comments

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When I was a pup, I told my Mom that I wanted to be a horse. They look like they're having so much fun in that big arena in front of all those people! I like how the crowd claps when the horse and rider are finished with their test. I want people to clap for me! My mom was very wise. She told me the way to be truly happy is to be the best ME I … Read more »