Category Archives: Horsemanship

Topics on general care, training and welfare of horses

Eye of the Beholder

A Facebook friend recently posed the question as to why so many people enjoy watching today’s competition, and don’t see the ugliness and the damage done by the training methods being used.  Why do they not seek the beauty that … Continue reading

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Like sex without foreplay!

I got Roxie out to work her, on one of those evenings when I’d had a very long day at work.  The light was waning, so I was just going to do a ‘down and dirty’ lunge session with her … Continue reading

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Is your instructor worthy?

One reason I dropped out of teaching and training was the epidemic of anyone who won a few ribbons hanging out their shingle as a trainer.  In some cases, people who rode horses trained by other people were getting their … Continue reading

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Be eclectic!

The barn I spent so many years riding and teaching in was nothing much to look at.  It was your typical dusty pole barn, so common in the Western U.S.  Built by cowboys for year round roping practice (there was … Continue reading

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The measure of a horseman

A video popped up on Facebook depicting a “horse training” demonstration by a world famous horseman.  The friend who posted suggested that people write to the organization to voice their displeasure.  The organization is not in my country, so I’m … Continue reading

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A great resource, now free

When I first started trying to find my way back into the equestrian world, and struggled with how much it had changed (and not for the better), I was lucky to find Epona.tv.  The two journalists who founded it had … Continue reading

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The divergent paths of art and sport

I write often about the parallels I see between art and classical Dressage.  It was a sensibility that began to take root while I was studying art, but was truly entrenched during my years of training Dani.  As we grew … Continue reading

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