Kids and Horses: Where does it all start?

I run the classic “kid” barn.  On any day after school, it’s hard to count how many kids are hanging out working with horses and just being kids.  Phones come out and snap a quick pic but devices are not occupying their time.  When I walk back to the barn in between lessons I often take a quick assessment of …

My Girls Can Raise Their Hands

The other day I noticed a news splash about a ten year old girl’s efforts to encourage Girl Scouts to raise their hands. The article really caught my attention. As I read about how this young girl is empowering girls to be confident like their boy peers, I thought about how our hard-working barn environment is shaping our girls.  Much like the Girl …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …