From Indy

August 23, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I've decided I want to learn to dance. I saw a dancing dog on YouTube, and realized I could do that too. Jane is working hard at improving her dance skills, so when I see her practicing in the living room, I join her. I've begged her to let me go to the dance studio with her, but so far she's always gone without me. I think her dance instructor is … Read more »

From Moshi

August 23, 2016 by      0 Comments

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What do you value? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it blue ribbons? What you value will change throughout your life. When you look back at your past, you'll probably wonder why certain things were so important to you. Ideas such as physical beauty and riches often lose their luster as they are slowly replaced with the broader concepts of fulfilling … Read more »

From Moshi

August 9, 2016 by      0 Comments

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What inspires you? A beautiful painting? Lovely music? Gorgeous scenery? A perfectly performed dressage test? I'm inspired by physical comforts. I enjoy being brushed, eating carrots, and napping in deep, soft shavings. I'm also inspired by a job well done. Jane lets me know with her tone of voice and stroke down my long neck when I've performed … Read more »

From Indy

August 9, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I caught a ball midair today, right over the pond! When I went into the water, I held tight onto the ball. I got water up my nose, but I didn't let go! Rhett was proud of me. He laughed when I snorted the pond water out my nose. I took the ball back to him and then shook hard, getting him really wet. Then it was my turn to laugh. Jane heard the … Read more »

From Moshi

July 26, 2016 by      0 Comments

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Praise. It's an interesting concept. At first blush it seems simple enough: do a good job, get praised. But, what if the job you did didn't feel particularly good to YOU? Have you ever been praised for something that you were not particularly proud of? Made the praise uncomfortable, didn't it? Horses don't over-think things the way people do. … Read more »

From Indy

July 26, 2016 by      0 Comments

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The neighbor's cat was teasing me again today. She said I was a flea riddled, flop eared, rabbit chaser. Jane and Rhett keep me brushed and bathed, so I know I don't have fleas. I have floppy ears, but that's normal for my breed. And yes, I do chase rabbits. I'm a dog. That's what we do! What's wrong with that? I know the cat was trying to get a … Read more »

From Moshi

July 12, 2016 by      0 Comments

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There are strong leaders, passive leaders, dictators, feckless guides, and bullies. What kind of leader are you? Horses appreciate a good leader. We may challenge you now and then, but we hope you're strong enough to stand up to our testing. There are very few of us who really want to be the leader. We want YOU to lead and be in charge of … Read more »

From Indy

July 12, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I have big teeth and strong jaws. I could tear a person apart if I wanted to. But I would never do that. Why? Because I also have a big, loving heart. I would never hurt my people. We're a pack. We are family. Being a predator, I have a different kind of mind from Moshi. Jane and Rhett are predators, too. That's one of the reasons dogs and … Read more »

From Moshi

June 28, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I ran into an old friend at a horse show last week. He was showing at fourth level and was struggling with consistent, clean flying lead changes. He was embarrassed about it but asked for advice anyway. I was flattered that he'd ask me for help. I explained that timing was everything in lead changes and in life. The key was making sure he … Read more »

From Indy

June 28, 2016 by      0 Comments

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Dogs and cats aren't supposed to get along. I suppose in the wild we'd be competing for food, and that might make us enemies. But I love cats. Some of my best friends are cats. My dog friend Stubbs, told me I was stupid for liking cats. That really hurt my feelings. For a couple of days I stopped saying "Hi" to the barn kitties, trying to be … Read more »