Tag Archives: Coffee

I’m still here!

I have not been in the saddle for over six months. One of the longest rainy seasons on record, followed by horse injuries, then my own, have created a formula for stagnation on the horse training front. It’s a formula … Continue reading

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Coffee – a photo essay

I was combing through some photos from earlier in the year, when I found this series of Coffee.  I’ve been meaning to do something with them, as they are such a clear example of how horses try to communicate with … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Fly Masks

It’s been the same story every year.  The flies come out.  Coffee and Tally do the Cha-Cha when the fly spray touches their sensitive hides.  And Noble remembers that he’s much taller than we are, when it’s time to wear … 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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Sculpting the Equine Body, Pt 2

In a recent post, I discussed the general notion of how you can change the horse’s body, for better or worse, based upon the nature of the work.  The inspiration for that post came from Coffee.  Recently, my mother had … Continue reading

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Sculpting the Equine Body, Pt 1

One of the aspects of classically based Dressage training is the way in which it changes the horse’s physique.  It is true that any equine activity that involves a level of conditioning will tone muscles, and should make the horse … Continue reading

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