Preface: I wrote this piece last summer when my Mustang, Chase, was injured for a second time. I intended to post it on one of the blogs, but filed it away instead. Since reviving this site I’ve decided to share it in the hope that it will resonate with someone else who might be struggling. … More Dreams Die Slowly
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, if treated right, come to enjoy the activities they engage in with their rider. With … More Why do you ride?
I’ve been pondering the question of cruelty a lot lately. There certainly is more than enough cruelty in the world. But if you go by the internet, you would be hard pressed to find anything that we do with horses that isn’t considered cruel. Bits, shoes, blankets, stalls, clipping … even riding has been called cruel … More What is “cruel”?
In January of 2013, at the outset of my journey back to serious horsemanship, my mother had a wreck. This was the type of riding accident that you never want to witness. She was on Java, our 20+ Dutch Warmblood gelding, in a relaxed swinging trot when he blew sky high with absolutely no warning. … More Love The One You’re With?