“Oh, if life were made of moments, Even now and then a bad one–! But if life were only moments, Then you’d never know you had one.” “Moments in the Woods”, Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim For too many people, riding and training horses is about goals. The first ride. The first show. Moving to … More Moments
If you were a horse crazy kid, as I was (and remain in my heart) you likely read many of the same books I did while growing up. Most of us have fallen in love with some story of that special bond between a horse and human. We have fantasized about having that gallop down … More Thoughts on ‘Heart’ Horses
Buried in annual staff evaluations, filing our taxes, and starting up a blog for my mother, I am resigned that the draft posts I started will have to wait. However, in quiet moments, when my brain needs a break, I have been rereading this old favorite. It reads like a good lecture, easy with some … More Nothing educates like a horse
Below is a quote that I find somewhat unique in its approach to the subject. It is from Erik Herbermann’s A Horseman’s Notes. In it he addresses one of my favorite topics – that allowing the horse a voice, then listening to what he tells us, gives us the best path to becoming better horsemen … More Don’t scribble on the billboard!
The goal is to elevate the horse to a level of strength and elegance it would never reach on its own, improving Nature to the point of “Art”. Charles de Kunffy
For a change of pace, we set up an obstacle course this week. It was a combination of things you might see in Working Equitation and Western Trail classes. I worked Coffee on Sunday, interjecting the obstacles here and there. He took them all in stride, with the exception of a pile of logs. On … More Coffee Calls the Shots