From Moshi

June 9, 2015 by      0 Comments

Moshi_issue77

Two brains. That's right, I have two brains. So do you. The difference is, you have a bundle of nerves called the corpus collasum between the two halves of your brain that lets the sides chat. My brain doesn't have that. It's true that my brain, or brains, have a very difficult time talking to each other. For a horse, this means I have to be … Read more »

From Indy

June 9, 2015 by      0 Comments

indy_issue77

Thank you, to all of you who sent your ideas about where the cat hid my stuffed toy friend, Lobby the Lobster. I've not found him yet, but I think we're getting closer. Some of you said you thought he was on the roof. Rhett got a ladder and climbed up to check but Lobby wasn't there. We also checked on top of the refrigerator, under the … Read more »

From Moshi

May 26, 2015 by      0 Comments

Moshi_issue76

A terrible thing happened today, and I'm really struggling to get over it. There was a loud hissing sound that hit my nervous system with a scream that said, "RATTLE SNAKE!" I was so startled, I jumped sideways really hard and fast, and unseated Jane! Her off balance body clinging to my side triggered, "MOUNTAIN LION!" in my brain. So, I bucked. … Read more »

From Indy

May 26, 2015 by      0 Comments

I'm posting signs all over the neighborhood. "Lost, one stuffed red lobster. Contact Indy." The cat won't tell me where he is. She implies that she knows, but she won't tell. I'm so frustrated! I tried being nice to her, even gave her one of my dog biscuits, but she just purrs and struts away. I think she enjoys teasing me. SO... I'm going to … Read more »

From Indy

May 12, 2015 by      0 Comments

indy_issue75

I'm a song and dance man. I howl in B-flat. I love to tap dance on the tile in the front hall, though I do my best dancing in front of the cupboard where the dog biscuits are stored. My best singing is done late at night when the coyotes stop by our place. We have a nice quartet performance at least once a week. Occasionally we're even on … Read more »

From Moshi

May 12, 2015 by      0 Comments

Moshi_issue75

Jane says I'm too serious, and need to play more. She told me I should relax and enjoy life. I used to think she was crazy. I have lots of work to do, and I didn't think I should waste time playing around. Dressage is serious business ya' know, and I have to be PERFECT. But Jane taught me that dressage should be FUN first, and serious … Read more »

From Indy

April 28, 2015 by      0 Comments

indy_issue74

Jones. Indiana Jones. Also known as Double-K-Nine. KK9! I'm a secret agent dog. Oops! I wasn't supposed to tell you that. Don't say anything! It will be our secret. I guess I'll have to deputize you as a Double H so you'll be obligated to keep quiet. Do you prefer yours shaken or stirred? I take mine diced with a touch of gravy. I'm on a … Read more »

From Moshi

April 28, 2015 by      0 Comments

Moshi_issue74

I see blue sky, green grass, and yellow flowers. I can't see red apples as my eyes perceive the color red as deep gray. I've been told that it's because horses have a different eye structure from humans and can only see things in blues, yellows, and greens. My eyes don't have the cones to produce the colors red, purple, or orange. When you look … Read more »

Are You Sitting Straight?

April 20, 2015 by      0 Comments

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Even if you're not a dressage rider, it's still important to sit straight and square in the saddle. Can you tell if you're collapsing at your waist and sitting crookedly? Ask a ground person to stand behind you and have them answer the following questions: Is your seat in the center of the saddle so that each seatbone is the same distance … Read more »

Put Your Horse in Front of Light Leg Aids

April 20, 2015 by      0 Comments

issue77-tip

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 »