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 …

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 …

I Need a Bigger Bit! My horse won’t listen

Whoa!!!  A bigger bit? Hmmm….let’s talk about horse bits. Everyone wants to blame something when things go wrong.  The solution isn’t a bigger bit or another piece of equipment.   The solution is HORSEMANSHIP.  So what is horsemanship?  Well, it’s a combination of correct position, the use of appropriate equipment and long hours in the saddle. But, none of that …

Riding a Perfect Circle

Have you ever noticed how much time trainers spend on their horses doing circle work?  Have you ever wondered why we would put so much effort into riding perfect circles?  When a horse and rider are able to create a perfect circle, the horse is getting the maximum benefit of the minutes spent in that shape.  One of my all-time …