Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

General musings on the horse and the industry

Talk to the animals?

One of my earliest memories of going to the movies was waiting in line to see Dr. Dolittle (1967).  I remember feeling excited to see the film, clutching a little Dr. Dolittle wallet to put my ticket stub in.  Even … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Barns

If you stay around the horse world for any length of time you will probably hear generalizations about other areas of the horse world. “All Dressage riders have hard hands.” “Western pleasure riders can’t sit anything past a jog.” “Event … Continue reading

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The power of influence

A recent exchange with young liberals over a New York Times article (inspiration for my last post) got me contemplating influence, and the one sure killer of influence – aggression.

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Voices of Reason Needed

It is becoming increasingly difficult to be a reasonable person in this modern era.  If you are not shouting from an extreme position, you are somehow not to be heard.  If you are not on my side, then I must … Continue reading

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Rain, rain … go away!

If you didn’t already know, California has been in a years long drought – 5-6 years, depending upon the source.  For at least the past couple of winters, we were promised wet systems that would break our drought.  None materialized.  … Continue reading

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The Madness Continues!

I once made the mistake of buying a piece of equipment from the website of a world renowned “Natural” Horsemanship ‘guru’.  I say mistake because once they have your information, they won’t stop trying to convert you.  I choose not … Continue reading

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A moment in time

Today’s post is by a guest author – Rhonda Scott, my mother.  Enjoy. There has been a lot of chatter recently, throughout social media, regarding what is or isn’t Classical Dressage.  All of the shouting brought back a single memory … Continue reading

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