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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …