“The horse is not a piece of sports equipment, but our partner. And all our actions should be to develop what the English so brilliantly call ‘horsemanship’.” Hans Gunter Winkler This month the world lost another great horseman when Hans Gunter Winkler died. The post below was written when I’d first discovered the story of … More Revisited: Horses are amazing!
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 still a holding pen and remnants of a shoot attached to the indoor), it was … More Be eclectic!
Twenty seven years ago I did a crazy thing: I went to a Mustang adoption, adopted a yearling, moved him into our rented barn under the pretense that he belonged to a client, and on this day twenty seven years ago, I presented him to my mother as a fiftieth birthday present. Potential recipe for … More The Birthday Mustang
It has been just over two years since I brought a broken Tally home from the trainer. It has been two years of recovery from wounds both physical and mental, rather than two years of advancement. Under saddle we are only at the stage of a baby just started for the first time … exactly where … More In praise of Tally
Recently someone posted, on Facebook, the video I have included at the bottom of this post. It is of Halla, a famous jumping mare whose rider was seriously injured at the Stockholm Olympics – yet she carried him around a clear round to win gold! Revisiting Halla’s story, and watching that ride, brought back memories … More Horses are amazing!
I had no idea what to expect from this weekend. Coming into it with a bum foot of my own, and Nash now barefoot, it looked like just another twist of fate – another weekend with no riding, and no progress. How wrong I was! Fate was kind, for a change, and we had a … More What a lovely weekend!