How Does this Hat Tell a Horse Story?

The Hat will make sense when you arrive at the end of this tale.  I find myself raising teenagers all the time.  Most people would cringe at the idea of being surrounded by kids in this age group.  Around the barn, they joke with me when I call them mean-agers.  I don’t see the teens as a problem, they are …

There’s a Leg for every Discipline

I love to ride both English and Western, and I have done this all my life.  Over the last 52 years, I have seen some serious style changes.  But one thing that has never changed is our dedication to what creates the foundation of balance. Remember? The ole ear, shoulder, hip to heel, alignment? That straight line should underly every …

Do you React? or Interact? When you ride your horse.

Do many of your pictures catch you with your eyes down?  This week I used the concept of reacting, vs interacting, to help my students improve their equitation.  When my students react to their horses they are simply acting in response to the horse, and not considering how the horse will “interact” when they feel that response.  In other words, …

What a Summer!

The title of this should be “School Started and I’m Back after Summer Camp!” I always finish up the spring thinking that I’ll be able to keep up with my usual, hectic schedule during the summer.  Just a few more lessons once kids are out of school and maybe a few more shows here and there.  And then I add …

Ranch Sorting and Cutting will make History this Weekend

It is Friday morning and I am making my lists and checking them twice!  This Sunday I will produce, what we are sure is the first ever, Ranch Sorting event with a sanctioned NCHA Cutting.  About 2 months ago, Gary Mitchum, reached out to me for some help with his idea.  Gary had started producing a series of NCHA cutting …

Good Omens really exist in Horse Shows

A month ago I wrote a blog about my adult student, Vivian, and her disappointing horse show results.  In the blog I talked about not giving up and how important it is to be able to set new and realistic goals.  Vivian and I went back to the drawing board on a plan to achieve success at the next Hunter/Jumper …

Another Reason Why I love my Equine Dentist.

I bought 5 new ponies.  Many of you have followed the tale of how my desire was to buy 5, high dollar, precious ponies. But my budget said be frugal.  So, I bought 2 amish ponies from Indiana, 1 very cute, large, eventing pony from Michigan, and 2 young ponies  off of Craig’s list.  Yes, the perfect recipe for disaster …