From Moshi

April 26, 2016 by      1 Comments

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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

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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      0 Comments

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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 »

From Indy

March 29, 2016 by      0 Comments

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One of the nice things about living in a house (as opposed to Moshi's barn) is that I get to watch TV with Rhett. I usually don't pay much attention to the TV unless there are dogs barking or cats meowing. Then I get excited and try to find them. That makes Rhett laugh. One evening I heard the little people on the TV talking about a man called … Read more »

From Moshi

March 29, 2016 by      0 Comments

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Motivation is an interesting topic. I'm very motivated when food is involved. Just shake a can of pellets, and I'll sing and dance for you! Okay, okay. I nicker and stomp. But you know what I mean. If Jane corrects me, she always follows up by "retesting" me with the same question. The retest gives me the opportunity to be rewarded for doing … Read more »

The Language Of Goal-Setting

March 22, 2016 by      0 Comments

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When setting goals, it’s really important that your language is very precise. Three of the most common mistakes that people make when they set goals are that: • They make them vague. • They say them in a negative way. • They say them in the future tense. For example, a vague goal is to say something like, “I want to be a better rider.” … Read more »

Ride From Half Halt To Half Halt

March 22, 2016 by      0 Comments

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The secret to riding your dressage horse like a professional is to ride from half halt to half halt rather than from movement to movement. The half halt is your connective tissue between the dressage movements. They’re what make your daily ride or dressage test look like it flows seamlessly like a dance. I rode with Olympian Robert Dover for … Read more »