Sixty Days To Sixty

The idea of turning 60 hit me hard a few months ago.  I was trying to figure out how a person begins to plan the next, and maybe last, 20 years of life.  In the past, my next 20 years was going to be full of monumental life moments; my first born would turn 40, it would mark 20 years of living …

Stepping up to the 2 foot jumps can be a big deal

My little cross railers are becoming big beginners and I’m so proud of them!  In my barn, my newest riders are always “chomping at the bit” to finally jump the real jumps.  Going from cross rails to 2 feet is a really big deal for everyone. It’s a true right of passage for riders, both young and old, to move on …

Life Skills and Horsemanship

Having my grandchildren involved in my horse business is amazing.  Everyday I go to work I look forward to the time I spend with my students.  And now my students include my most precious little people, my grandkids! The other day I caught myself daydreaming about how great this is and how great the future is looking for my family …

Horse Training and the Next Generation

Every trainer I’ve ever worked with started our relationship with the comment, “You must get inside of your horse’s brain, not his body.”  Throughout my life I’ve said, training is not always pretty; be assertive without being angry; if you think you are being abusive stop and recognize you have missed a step somewhere.  As an instructor who works with many …

TRAINING TIP TUESDAY, YOUR HANDS ARE A CRITICAL CONNECTION.

As we learn to ride a horse, there are so many critical pieces to the perfect outcome.  How your horse performs often depends on something as precise as, are your fingers closed? are your thumbs up?  do I hold my hand as if I am holding a baby bird?  The thought about a baby bird works really well for my …

I love my Adult Amateurs!

Every Wednesday morning I look forward to my 9am students.  This lesson is a group of moms, who have been watching their children ride for quite some time now.  They have been sitting on the sidelines listening and thinking, surely diagonals can’t be that difficult, surely keeping a rhythm shouldn’t be so complicated, and surely the horse does all the work…..AND NOW THEY ARE …

Yesterday I learned, I’m not scary, and I’m always happy.

I was in Fort Worth, Texas to compete in the USTPA World Championships.  I’d hoped that the title of this post would be I Won a Buckle.  Instead, I was 24th out of 249, and that doesn’t sound too shabby.  Like many of my rides, that ride comes with a cute story.  I will make that one short and sweet. I had …

My Student, Alice Apple, Does It Again..

Alice Apple is the the best example of a good horse kid, as there ever was.  She is humble, polite, and works hard to achieve her goals.  Alice understands that her ability to compete is a privilege.  Yesterday, she won her second World Championship and will bring home another trophy saddle from Fort Worth. In a world where so many …