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 …

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 …

sweet collection

Sweet Collection

I have a new adult student named Joy. She arrived for her first riding lesson wide eyed and exploding with horse excitement, a true kid at heart. We all make first impressions and I always hope that I make a great first impression and will be a good fit for my new students…I want to fulfill every kids’ dream, young …

Should I ride with spurs?

All of my new riders can’t wait to ride with spurs. They’re chomping at the bit to buy that first pair of blingy, clinky, big ‘ol spurs. Their image of a true cowgirl/cowboy just isn’t complete without them. Often I choose to wear spurs, but it really depends on the horse and what I hope to accomplish that day. But …

Training Tip Tuesday: Leg pressure

Training tips for horses and riders: When applying pressure on the left side of the horse to turn right, be SURE to release the pressure on the right side of the horse. Make the right side feel like your leg is a rolled up wet towel. This is the “when you close the left door, be sure to open the …

My 4-H Foundation

At six years old I bridled a pony.  By myself.  It was how it had to be if I wanted to take my first-ever horse ride.  There were no parents taking pictures documenting the event.  I remember it like yesterday, in my mind, logged there forever.  My Mom and Dad were hard working parents with five children. Cameras were a …

Communicating with your horse

Learning anything of quality must have a simple and basic start. All things artistic take time and patience to do them well.   I would not expect to play an instrument, dance ballet, or paint like a master in a short amount of time.  And yet, some students come to me thinking horse riding will be easy and quick.  If …