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 …

What Did They Know About Horse Hooves 1000 Years Ago?

A LOT!!   While touring the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, my hoof fetish came out.  I was obsessed with the horse statues and the quality of the farrier work back then.  I asked the attendant if I could take pictures, of the hooves, of the horses on display.  Photos are prohibited in the museum of armor, and I did …

Every Horse Owner Needs to Know About Wounds

The picture above is the easy one to look at.  If you are sensitive to graphic wound pictures, you may not wish to read much more of this post.  On the flip side, if you have a horse, you’ll probably benefit from learning about the good outcome of this particularly worrisome injury.  A while back I posted a blog about …

My Farrier, Magician? or Miracle Worker?

Last spring, I bought cute, adorable ponies.  I knew we would have our hands full with their training and health care, but the hooves, of Enzo, was hard to believe.    He had a nasty case of pony laminitis with a very bad shoe fit.  I was pretty shocked when I first saw what I had.  Yes, I did what …

This Must Be The Best Job Ever!

I just returned from Spain on Saturday night and my head is spinning with memories.  My sister, Tami, and her husband, John, were able to join us and that made this trip even more special.  We stayed with our daughter and her family in Madrid and we took many side trips.  Our trip to Barcelona to see our new great nephew, …

Every Successful Horse has a Committed Rider.

During my ride on Barbie today, the skies opened up and soaked us.  I should’ve called it quits, and I should’ve worried about my clothes and my equipment.  Instead of stopping, I became empowered by the sheer energy of the great ride we were having.  Barbie is my daughter Kelly’s gorgeous, young, warmblood mare.  She is the kind of horse …

Is It the Wrong Bit in my Horse’s Mouth? or my Hands?

Another question to ask is “Is my body strong enough to handle my horse?”  We receive many horses that are beautiful, previously expensive, and now broken, not BROKE.  When a horse is capable of running through your hands in that “perfectly designed” gentle snaffle, it is time to quote George Morris.  “GO TO THE BARN AND GET A KIMBERWICK.”  I have many …

Are You Sure You Want a Gelding?

At some point my clients get the bug to own a horse.  They ask for my advice, even though they have already done a lot of homework.  They often start with the statement, I only want a gelding.  And for good reason, geldings are usually so dependable!   Once you have made up your mind to own a gelding,  you need to …