From Moshi

October 31, 2017 by      0 Comments

There is a lot of water around here, where we live. Lots of Jane's friends have boats. One day a couple of people walked by my stall, talking about sailing. I heard one of them say to her friend, "smooth seas do not make skillful sailors..." I pondered that idea, and realized she was right. If you had a horse who never challenged you, always did … Read more »

From Indy

October 31, 2017 by      0 Comments

Today, I met a two-legged person who is just my size. I could look right into her eyes and see the joy she felt at my presence! She smiled at me like she really meant it. It made me feel so good inside! I really like her! Did you know that animals can read your mood, your attitude, and your intention? We KNOW if you're upset or pretending to be … Read more »

The Free Walk

October 20, 2017 by      0 Comments

Free Walk

What is the free walk? The free walk is a gait of relaxation. What should it look like? * Your horse should lengthen his frame and lower his head and neck so he looks like he’s going to graze. His poll is lower than his withers. * He should open the angle at his throatlatch so his nose points a bit forward, and he looks like he’s … Read more »

Keep Fear in Perspective

October 20, 2017 by      0 Comments

Recognize that fear is future thinking. So you can learn how to manage your fear by staying in the moment. To bring yourself back to the present moment, involve as many of your five senses as you can. Hear the rhythm of your horse’s footfalls. Look at the trees outside your ring. Feel the texture of the reins. Smell the fly spray. And taste your … Read more »

From Indy

October 17, 2017 by      0 Comments

I found it! I found the ball I left in Florida last year! I had lost it in the deep grass right before we left for Vermont, and now I have it back! I've been worrying about it all summer long, wondering if another dog or an alligator found it and ate it. But no... it was right there, where I'd been visualizing myself finding it! Do you ever … Read more »

From Moshi

October 17, 2017 by      0 Comments

I'm a dreamer. People say I look "dreamy," but that's not what I'm talking about. I dream about things. I imagine winning a gold medal in the Olympics. I dream about sugar cubes in my food every morning. I dream about being massaged by Jane after a long ride. Okay... I realize I'm probably not going to the Olympics, but that doesn't mean I can't … Read more »

What Do Medium Trot and Canter Feel Like?

September 19, 2017 by      1 Comments

Here’s what you should feel in a medium trot and canter: 1. The SAME tempo as collection. (Although it might "feel" slower than the collected gaits because the strides are longer.) Try counting it out loud. 2. An uphill balance like an airplane taking off. The success of your medium gait totally depends on how much you collect and engage the hind legs on the short side. So give connecting aids and keep them on for most of the short side. Then just soften your hands a bit forward when you start the medium. During the connecting aids, you're coiling the spring of the hind legs and getting your horse "bubbling over" with compressed energy so he can express that power over the ground in the medium. To apply connecting aids, close both calves as if asking for a lengthening. Close your outside hand to recycle that power. Vibrate the inside rein to keep the neck straight. The connecting aids can last for a couple of seconds or even for the entire short side. If your horse goes wide behind in the trot, it shows a lack of engagement. Use a long set of connecting aids and also as an exercise, do the following: Ride a few steps of shoulder-in. Then do a few strides of medium. Then collect the trot after the medium by stepping back into shoulder-in. The shoulder-in engages the hind legs. Stepping into shoulder-in BEFORE he gets wide behind teaches him to keep the hind legs stepping under and not start pushing backwards. Stepping into shoulder-in to collect AFTER the medium insures that you don’t rely too much on your hands, which would stop the hind legs.

Here’s what you should feel in a medium trot and canter: The SAME tempo as collection. (Although it might "feel" slower than the collected gaits because the strides are longer.) Try counting it out loud. An uphill balance like an airplane taking off. The success of your medium gait totally depends on how much you collect and engage the … Read more »

From Moshi

September 12, 2017 by      1 Comments

We're all different. You know that already, right? I'm a cold blooded Friesian. My next-stall neighbor is a hot blooded Thoroughbred. We think differently, react to things differently, and like different things. Does that make one of us "wrong" and one of us "right"? It's a very basic instinct to be attracted to things that are like yourself. … Read more »

From Indy

September 12, 2017 by      0 Comments

It's time to go to the pond! Or is it time to sleep? I'm not sure. My life is all about running and sleeping and playing and sleeping and eating and, well... sleeping. Sometimes I forget what time of day it is. Do you run a lot? I know Jane often says she has running around to do, but that's a different thing than actually going outside and … Read more »

From Indy

August 29, 2017 by      0 Comments

Life is risky. Just ask any rabbit. If I see one peeking out of the grass, I chase it. I've never actually caught one, but if I did, well, I suppose the wolf in me would know what to do. Riding a horse can be risky. So is driving down the street. Heck, just about everything you do has some element of risk. Falling in love, taking the new job, … Read more »