From Indy

May 2, 2017 by      0 Comments

It's so much fun to go out in the yard and catch the sticks and balls Rhett and Jane throw for me! As I get older, I get better and better at catching things mid-air. My eye-mouth coordination continues to improve with practice. And I'm willing to practice all day! Unfortunately, Rhett and Jane don't have all day to throw things for me, but they … Read more »

From Moshi

May 2, 2017 by      0 Comments

What is excellence to you? Is it finding a specific purpose for your life? Or perhaps it’s getting over 70 percent on a dressage test? Or maybe it’s as simple as getting the right canter lead every time you ask. We all have different ideas of excellence. And there’s nothing quite like the amazing feeling of knowing that you did your very best, … Read more »

Help Your Stiff Horse Bend

April 19, 2017 by      2 Comments

(Photo by Mary Phelps) Does your horse find it difficult to bend in one direction? You can help your stiff horse bend better by using a training philosophy I call “benign antagonism”. Using benign antagonism allows you to custom design your program for each and every horse. All you have to do is kindly and quietly do the opposite of whatever … Read more »

Note From Jane – April 2017

April 19, 2017 by      0 Comments

Check this out! I can't wait to spend the week with you learning and playing on a Caribbean cruise! We’ll have a blast! For more info on the Lightness Summit, go to: http://tinyurl.com/JaneSavoieLightness See you there! Jane … Read more »

From Indy

April 18, 2017 by      0 Comments

I got to ride in a boat today! It was scary at first, but exhilarating too. The boat went very fast. The wind felt good in my fur and in my ears. I stayed close to Jane because I didn't want to fall out, and I knew she'd protect me. I protect her and Rhett by barking at danger and letting them know something is going on. We take care of each … Read more »

From Moshi

April 18, 2017 by      0 Comments

I hate being on a diet! Jane says I've eaten too much green grass this spring, and now I have to cut back. So instead of my usual long turn out in the lush pasture, I get just some hand grazing each day. The rest of the time I have to eat hay. It's terrible! I want to eat the yummy green grass! Sometimes you don't get what you want. Sometimes … Read more »

From Moshi

April 4, 2017 by      1 Comments

A new horse came to the barn today. She is very young. I was in the arena with Jane when she arrived. She saw us practicing some upper level movements, and it embarrassed her. She told a friend of mine that she was ashamed that she didn't know very much, and was afraid to talk to me since I obviously know a great deal. That surprised me, and … Read more »

From Indy

April 4, 2017 by      0 Comments

I'm a water dog! When I'm not in the woods chasing lions and tigers and bears, I'm swimming in the creeks and ponds looking for sharks! I've never found any, but that's okay. I just love to swim! I especially like it when Rhett throws sticks in the pond for me to retrieve. I am a Retriever, after all! My friend Geoffrey doesn't like the water as … Read more »

From Moshi

March 21, 2017 by      0 Comments

Photo credit for Moshi's pic to Liz Ritz Photography Dressage riders tend to be a very driven group of folks. It's such a demanding sport, it's natural that it attracts Type A personalities. It takes a real work ethic to be good at something this challenging, so those who get into the competitive part of the sport tend to over do much more than … Read more »

From Indy

March 21, 2017 by      0 Comments

It was hot today. I'm not nearly as energetic in the heat as I am when it is cold. So today I slept in. I lounged in the warm sun and let it bake my bones. It felt so good! When it got too hot, I came inside to sleep in my soft bed. It was wonderful. Figuring out what you want sometimes requires that you pay attention to the opposite. It's … Read more »