Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

General musings on the horse and the industry

Why do you ride?

Riding is a selfish act – there is really no getting around that fact.  Horses do not ask to participate in the activity, they are conditioned for it.  That said, I have over forty years of experience that horses can, … Continue reading

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Small gifts

If there is one piece of wisdom I would wish to impart to anyone who trains horses, it would be this: appreciate the small gifts.  If your goal is to win prizes and make money, then that wisdom may not … Continue reading

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What is the goal of training?

If you hang around the classical Dressage crowd for any length of time, you will hear someone say something to this effect: “Horses already know how to do the movements, in the field; training only consists of teaching them to … Continue reading

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To be a teacher

From a young age, I was fascinated by why some teachers were easy to learn from, while others made things seem even more confusing.  I was particularly fascinated with riding instructors, and exactly why I preferred some to others.  I … Continue reading

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“Can they suffer?”

I was only recently introduced to Jeremy Bentham.  Perhaps because he was the author of a piece that criticized The Declaration of Independence, or that I avoided philosophy in college – but his name was never one I came across … Continue reading

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From Shutdown to Shining

Everything in my life always comes back to horses.  It’s not just that they’ve been a passion, and it’s not just the physical presence of the little herd that lives in the back.  It’s the lessons they’ve taught me that … Continue reading

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Deadlines, bottomlines, stress … and letting go!

“There is no joy in deadline. The desire to be something is ego-oriented and useless to the horse. Strive to do something instead! Do not seek arrival but enjoy the process of getting there.” Charles De Kunffy, The Ethics and … Continue reading

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