From Moshi

October 21, 2014 by      0 Comments

Moshi_issue64

Patience. I hear it is a virtue. I think it's a habit that can be developed. Having patience with your horse is very important. He or she thinks differently than you do, so you have to be able to recognize when he tries to do what you're asking, even if he didn't quite get it. Rewarding the "try" is very important. It's also very important … Read more »

From Indy

October 21, 2014 by      0 Comments

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I was frightened today. I got out of my yard and went exploring. I was crossing the street and a big truck almost ran me over! The driver honked his loud horn at me, and I ran as fast as I could, but I felt the wind from the passing truck on my tail. It scared me! I went right home. Jane was scared too, wondering where I'd gone. Just being with … Read more »

From Moshi

October 7, 2014 by      0 Comments

Moshi_issue62

Today is the day! Right now, this moment, is the point where you can change everything you'd like to change. Right now! You have the ability, you have the power, you just have to make the decision. What would you like to do/be/experience? Are you ready to commit? If so, now is the time! You can do it! Just set the goal and then plan the steps … Read more »

From Indy

October 7, 2014 by      0 Comments

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I love to sleep in the sun. There is something delicious about the gentle warmth on my fluffy coat. It's like being lovingly hugged by Nature. I get drowsy just thinking about it. There is a time for resting, a time for playing, and a time for working. The life of a companion dog has a pretty appealing balance of all three. I've noticed that … Read more »

From Moshi

September 23, 2014 by      1 Comments

Moshi_issue61

"Aha!" I love those moments. Don't you? When you suddenly GET IT? It's such a rush when everything comes together and really works for the first time. How do you create more "Aha Moments"? When Jane is riding me, they come when both sides of my brain kick in, along with the muscle memory of the new movement. And that comes with both … Read more »

From Indy

September 23, 2014 by      0 Comments

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I enjoyed hearing from so many of you, with your experiences relating to the story of my new friend who appeared to be a grump on the surface but turned out to be a really nice guy. It sounds like there are a bunch of you who have known folks like this. There is value in everyone. Sometimes you have to look beyond the surface to find the … Read more »

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      3 Comments

Moshi_issue59

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 »