In my last post I talked about my concerns over those who would convince you that a good relationship with your horse is so difficult that you have to pay them for their ‘proprietary’ methods. In my experience it is only complicated because we make it so – or because someone in the horse’s past … More It is NOT that hard!
With all of us finally sound and healthy, I took a day off work to make a long weekend and get some momentum with the horses. Coffee, Roxie, and Tally are beginning to gain some fitness. It is wonderful to see Coffee and Tally getting their carriage back. Roxie, finally rid of the soreness in … More One step backward, three steps forward
It was Monday and, in the words of The Bangles, it had been a Manic Monday. But the evening was cool, and well suited for working with the horses. I was probably too tired, but I’d been unable to work them for so long that I was determined to get at least someone out. Roxie … More In a Split Second
A few years ago, in the course of trying to retrain Tally after the “trainer” who started her had botched it so badly, I was making one last walk circle before getting off. But my dismount did not happen as I’d planned. We’d just turned across the arena when a slight rustle was heard from … More The explosive equine
My first horse sport was Eventing. It was a growing sport in our state, and its lack of formality appealed to the university crowd I grew up riding with. Wicki came with miles under his girth, and was a great teacher. When I outgrew him, the plan was to get a younger horse that I … More Bendigo, the Event horse who wasn’t
You have an amazing horse who consistently gives you a nice ride. You enjoy working with this horse, and he consistency excels at what you ask of him. Then, rather suddenly, things go bad. Your high performing horse begins to struggle. His great attitude begins to turn sour. You no longer enjoy working with him … More When things turn bad