As I navigate through the real and virtual horseworlds, I am finding that new ‘breeds’ of horsemen have been created since I first started riding. Whether it’s the changing times, or the advent of social media, any differences in aspect or approach to horses seems amplified from what I encountered in the past. Perhaps they … More What type of horseman are you?
Recently, Coffee was on some turnout time in the arena. My mother went to bring him in, and he was watching calmly from the corner; but, when she neared the gate, he galloped a small circle, threw in a buck, and stood looking at her expectantly. He was clearly asking, “Come play with me?” … More “Come play with me?”
My Dressage mentors were very good at creating exercises for humans that helped to illustrate the physical or mental challenges the horse goes through in their training and development. I recall many hours in the study room, with people struggling to perform – getting some small sense of what it’s like for their horses. I … More Parlor games
I could probably not have found a better mount for my mother than Coffee. Perhaps I could have found something with more training – it is not ideal to have rider and horse learning at the same time. Admittedly his training has taken far longer than ‘normal’, due to various injuries to him and to … More Playtime for Coffee
For today, a fun distraction. Looking for some new activity to try with your horse? Well, maybe this video will provide some inspiration! Disclaimer: really, unless you’re young and have a professional trainer, don’t try this at home! Those guys are nuts! But, all respect for their amazing skills – and even more respect … More Video: Cossacks
While I finish up some posts of my own, I thought that I would share this piece. Someone posted this on Facebook, and it was not familiar to me but definitely resonated. I attempted to Google it, but only was able to find one reference that seemed to be it … on an expired website. … More A Horsewoman’s Prayer