From Indy

April 28, 2015 by      0 Comments

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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

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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

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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 »

From Indy

April 7, 2015 by      1 Comments

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I have the most beautiful buff colored coat. It's soft and sleek in the summer, when I'm done shedding. Jane and Rhett like to brush me, making my silky hair shine. I love to be brushed. It's one of the loving things they do for me that helps me to know they love me. Do you have people in your life whom you love? I'll bet you do. How do you show … Read more »

From Moshi

April 7, 2015 by      1 Comments

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Black and white. Yes and no. Up and down. Sickness and health. Positive and negative.... We live in a world of contrast. It's the duality of Nature that makes up our physical world. Without that contrast, we wouldn't be able to perceive. It's in knowing dark that we can recognize light. It's in being able to experience silence that we can hear … Read more »

From Moshi

March 10, 2015 by      0 Comments

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Words have power. They have energy. They create a state of being in our minds. Horses don't use words, but we understand the energy behind what you say. You've probably heard the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I say, the wounds from a stick or stone will probably heal, but the damage caused by the … Read more »

From Indy

March 10, 2015 by      0 Comments

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The big gray barn cat got in my face today. She told me I was a brat. She swatted at my nose and scratched me bloody! I can't believe she did that! I was just trying to get her to run so I could chase her, like I do the bunnies. But no.. she said she is much too mature for my silly games. Silly games! My games aren't silly! I'm very serious … Read more »

Keep Your Pelvis in “Neutral” to Find Good Balance

March 6, 2015 by      3 Comments

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Horseback riding is all about balance and staying centered. You always want to keep your horse in good balance for his stage of training no matter what your discipline. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a dressage rider, a western pleasure rider, a trail rider, or an event rider. Correct balance is essential to effective riding because the center … Read more »

How To Ride Good Corners

March 6, 2015 by      0 Comments

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Rule of Thumb No matter what level you’re doing, you have to ride corners. The general rule for riding corners is that you don’t have to go any deeper into the corners than the smallest circle done at each level. The smallest circle you’re asked to do at First Level is a 10-meter circle. That means you need to get into the corner to the depth … Read more »