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 …

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 …

Riding at the Houston Rodeo

I always wanted to be a cowgirl.  As a little girl growing up in Michigan, I dreamed of one day competing in something as large as the Houston Rodeo!   I’m about to compete in my favorite sport,  Team Penning, and I hope to win a check.  Better yet, I should say, I will work hard to win something.  Any sport with …