From Indy

February 28, 2017 by      0 Comments

I am the King of the Forest! Okay, maybe I'm just the King of the Pasture. But it's fun to pretend. I can imagine all the other animals being in awe of me as I sneak around in the bush, ready to pounce. When I was a puppy, I wasn't afraid of anything. I had never been hurt, and everything I needed had always been provided for me. I was fearless … Read more »

From Indy

February 14, 2017 by      0 Comments

In dog years, I'm a teenager. I'm at the prime of my life. I can run as fast as a car (well, at least a car going down the driveway), I can jump as high as a deer, I can wrestle my friend Geoffrey to the ground in three seconds or less, and I can catch a fast moving ball in mid-air. I don't intend to grow up. You know what? I don't have to! I've … Read more »

From Moshi

February 14, 2017 by      1 Comments

When I was a baby, I used to love to run around the pasture as fast as I could go, then launch myself in the air, kick out behind, land with a thud, then do a sliding stop into my mom's side. It was great fun. I would play fight with my friends, rearing up and striking at each other with our little hooves as we shook our heads in mock anger. We … Read more »

Put Your Horse in Front of Your Legs

February 8, 2017 by      0 Comments

Make sure your horse reacts to light leg aids. Your goal is to “whisper” with your aids and have your horse “shout” his response—Not the other way around! To check that your horse reacts to light leg aids: Close both legs and see if he immediately responds with a surge from behind as if he’s going to do a lengthening. If he doesn’t, … Read more »

The Warm-Up

February 8, 2017 by      2 Comments

  Many riders get confused about how to warm up their dressage horses so they can have a productive schooling session. As a rider and trainer, your goal in the warm-up is to take the restrictions away from your horse's body. Depending on the day, your warm-up could be as short as ten minutes, or it could end up being your entire … Read more »

From Moshi

January 24, 2017 by      0 Comments

Misunderstandings happen. It's just part of life. But it sometimes it hurts when we feel like we aren't heard or we are misunderstood. I thought Jane asked for a left lead canter depart but she apparently was only asking me to collect a bit more. I got confused and got upset. She was quiet and patient with me, but I was still a bit rattled. I … Read more »

From Indy

January 24, 2017 by      0 Comments

I found it! I found the secret! What secret, you ask? Well, the big one. The one and only TRUE statement that is always true, no matter what. There is an ancient story of a rich and powerful King who gathered all the wisest men in his kingdom and asked them to take on a quest. The King asked them to search the world for something that was … Read more »

From Moshi

January 3, 2017 by      0 Comments

It's hard for me to imagine Jane with another horse. She's MY person, and I'm pretty possessive of her. I know she's partnered with lots of horses before I came to her life, but I can't imagine her with anyone but me. I noticed Jane was a bit melancholy the other day, and then heard her say that her former mount, Woody, had passed away. Woody … Read more »

From Indy

January 3, 2017 by      0 Comments

I was really hungry this morning. I mean REALLY hungry. I was so hungry I could have eaten a riding boot! But I remembered that I'm not supposed to do that anymore. I wandered around the house and found Rhett in his office. I asked him for a biscuit, but he didn't hear me. He was so intent on editing video he didn't notice that I was at his side … Read more »

From Indy

December 13, 2016 by      0 Comments

I love my friends. We may look like we are fighting sometimes, but it is all in fun and play. We like to roll around the pretend to bite each other, but we are not trying to hurt anyone, we're just having a good time. I have a new friend at the barn! His name is Geoffrey. He's so much fun to be with! I tease him because he has curly hair. I … Read more »