Sixty Days To Sixty

The idea of turning 60 hit me hard a few months ago.  I was trying to figure out how a person begins to plan the next, and maybe last, 20 years of life.  In the past, my next 20 years was going to be full of monumental life moments; my first born would turn 40, it would mark 20 years of living …

Horse Training and the Next Generation

Every trainer I’ve ever worked with started our relationship with the comment, “You must get inside of your horse’s brain, not his body.”  Throughout my life I’ve said, training is not always pretty; be assertive without being angry; if you think you are being abusive stop and recognize you have missed a step somewhere.  As an instructor who works with many …

TRAINING TIP TUESDAY, YOUR HANDS ARE A CRITICAL CONNECTION.

As we learn to ride a horse, there are so many critical pieces to the perfect outcome.  How your horse performs often depends on something as precise as, are your fingers closed? are your thumbs up?  do I hold my hand as if I am holding a baby bird?  The thought about a baby bird works really well for my …

I love my Adult Amateurs!

Every Wednesday morning I look forward to my 9am students.  This lesson is a group of moms, who have been watching their children ride for quite some time now.  They have been sitting on the sidelines listening and thinking, surely diagonals can’t be that difficult, surely keeping a rhythm shouldn’t be so complicated, and surely the horse does all the work…..AND NOW THEY ARE …

Yesterday I learned, I’m not scary, and I’m always happy.

I was in Fort Worth, Texas to compete in the USTPA World Championships.  I’d hoped that the title of this post would be I Won a Buckle.  Instead, I was 24th out of 249, and that doesn’t sound too shabby.  Like many of my rides, that ride comes with a cute story.  I will make that one short and sweet. I had …

My Student, Alice Apple, Does It Again..

Alice Apple is the the best example of a good horse kid, as there ever was.  She is humble, polite, and works hard to achieve her goals.  Alice understands that her ability to compete is a privilege.  Yesterday, she won her second World Championship and will bring home another trophy saddle from Fort Worth. In a world where so many …

What Did They Know About Horse Hooves 1000 Years Ago?

A LOT!!   While touring the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, my hoof fetish came out.  I was obsessed with the horse statues and the quality of the farrier work back then.  I asked the attendant if I could take pictures, of the hooves, of the horses on display.  Photos are prohibited in the museum of armor, and I did …

My Farrier, Magician? or Miracle Worker?

Last spring, I bought cute, adorable ponies.  I knew we would have our hands full with their training and health care, but the hooves, of Enzo, was hard to believe.    He had a nasty case of pony laminitis with a very bad shoe fit.  I was pretty shocked when I first saw what I had.  Yes, I did what …