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 …

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 …