From Indy

August 19, 2014 by      0 Comments


The barn's big gray cat told me a fascinating story today. He said he heard it from a little bird, who assured him that the story is absolutely true. It seems one day the bird was sitting in a tree when two tiny angels landed on a nearby branch to watch what was going on with a couple of people arguing under the tree. The angels were very … Read more »

From Moshi

August 19, 2014 by      0 Comments


I don't remember my mom very much. I remember her being warm and snuggly, and very tall. I suppose I'm taller than she was, now, but I'll always remember her towering over me. Her size and gentle strength made me feel safe. I never met my dad. I hear that I look a lot like him, though. Are you like your mom and dad? Most people are. … Read more »

Waltzing from dressage to the ballroom

July 30, 2014 by      0 Comments


Sidelines Magazine just did a fun article for their August issue about my "waltzing from dressage to the ballroom". Enjoy! Click here to read the article! … Read more »

7 Tips For An Inviting Contact

July 16, 2014 by      1 Comments


If you want to ride your horse on the bit, you need to be sure that you offer an inviting, sympathetic contact. After all, he’s not going to want to step into a contact that “punishes” him. Here’s a checklist for you to go through to make sure you offer your horse good contact. Firm - When you pick up the reins, feel your horse’s hind legs … Read more »

Keep Your Shoulders Over Your Hips

July 14, 2014 by      0 Comments


To ride in good balance when riding your horse, keep a good plumb line with your shoulders directly over your hips and over your heels. Many riders lean behind the vertical (especially in trot extensions!) because they think they’re driving their horses more forward. The problem with leaning back, however, is that you end up pushing your … Read more »

From Indy

July 8, 2014 by      0 Comments


I love to ride in the car. Sometimes Rhett will roll the window down just an inch or so I can stick my nose out and smell all the amazing smells we pass. It's an adventure of the nose! I don't always recognize what I'm smelling, but I can get a sense of what passes through my nostrils just from the tang or particular intensity of the odor. Some … Read more »

From Moshi

July 8, 2014 by      0 Comments


Some people don't like gray horses. Some people don't like chestnut horses. There are even a few that don't like us shiny black horses. Some like the quiet temperament of a quarter horse over the fiery temperament of an Arabian. Some like the excitement of riding an exuberant Trakehner better than the slower paced energy of the … Read more »

From Indy

June 24, 2014 by      0 Comments

Indy Jane Savoie

I got left at home today. I'm very sad. The weather is really bad and there is a lot of mud out there, so Jane told me I had to stay home. I'm considering tearing up the couch just to let her know how upset I am. Naw... I won't do that. I know that would be wrong, and I'm a good dog. Even when I do things that might not be right, Jane reminds me … Read more »

From Moshi

June 24, 2014 by      0 Comments


You get more of whatever you think about. It's true! Anything you give your attention to, increases. That includes the bad stuff. This rule doesn't have an opinion about "good" or "bad." It just is. You humans live in a "fix it" culture. You are trained to search for what's wrong. That's fine, if you're looking for a stone in my hoof or … Read more »

The Outside Rein

June 17, 2014 by      1 Comments


The outside rein is a multi-tasking rein, and it’s important to understand the various jobs it does. Those jobs include: Turning Speed control Connection Flexion Collection/Engagement Depending on what you want to do, you’ll use different actions of the outside rein. For example: Turning: Bring the outside rein toward the neck … Read more »