Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

General musings on the horse and the industry

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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Apprenticeship

In this era of learning everything by YouTube video or Facebook posts, people seem to rarely have the patience to spend time learning anything in depth.  I have read many an article that says we no longer need experts because … 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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Death of a Tack Store

Another tack store is closing.  This one is the nearest to us, well known and respected in the area.  In a region once teeming with tack stores, it is sad to think that we will soon be down to one. … Continue reading

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Don’t let the bullies win!

Does life run in themes?  Or does it just seem that way because things will stand out that resonate with a current focus in your life?  Perhaps someone will study it one day.  Whichever is the case, bullying seems to … Continue reading

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Leadership lessons from horses

Inclement weather and a crisis at work have been a roadblock to working with the horses in the last couple of weeks.  They get hugs and scratches from me, during evening chores – and seem happy to see me on … Continue reading

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Principle above technique

If there is one thing that can stir horse people up, it’s a discussion on technique.  I don’t care what discipline you are in, as soon as you start to discuss technique or method, opinions are strong, and dismissals frequent.  … Continue reading

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