From Indy

September 10, 2014 by      0 Comments

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I've decided to run away and join the circus. I'm sure a dog of my many talents will able to wow the expectant crowds! Or maybe I'll join the pack of coyotes out back and become a wild thing, hunting rabbits and mice for dinner and scaring people when they ride down the path. Or maybe I'll become a search and rescue dog, finding people buried … Read more »

From Moshi

September 10, 2014 by      2 Comments

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It's a touchy subject. It's one I've avoided for a long time, because it's going to hit some nerves. But I overheard someone tearfully share that a trainer had told her she'd become too fat to ride, so I figured it was time to break the silence. Weight. There, I said it. Human society is incredibly obsessed with body size. How many people … Read more »

How To Stop Leaning To the Inside

September 3, 2014 by      3 Comments

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Many riders lean to the inside in one direction, and as a result they grip with the outside leg to stay on. Leaning also contributes to your horse feeling stiff on that side as he tries to balance himself under your extra weight. Let's take an example of leaning to the left and drawing the right leg up which would contribute to this horse … Read more »

How To Supple Your Horse’s Poll

September 3, 2014 by      1 Comments

It's important to supple your horse's poll, so that the energy you create from behind can travel uninterrupted through his body and be recycled back to the hind legs. Here's an exercise to help you loosen and supple the poll. Start in the halt on the rail so you can check that you’re keeping your horse’s body absolutely straight. If he’s … Read more »

From Indy

August 19, 2014 by      0 Comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »