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 …

Should I ride with spurs?

All of my new riders can’t wait to ride with spurs. They’re chomping at the bit to buy that first pair of blingy, clinky, big ‘ol spurs. Their image of a true cowgirl/cowboy just isn’t complete without them. Often I choose to wear spurs, but it really depends on the horse and what I hope to accomplish that day. But …

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 …

An evening with Temple Grandin

I’ve always said that if Dr. Grandin was speaking anywhere within driving distance of me, I would have to go.  You can imagine my excitement when I saw that she was going to be speaking in Austin, Texas!  Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending her interview at the Paramount theater with a group of my students and some of …

Two handed riding

Training Tip Tuesday: When riding two handed, remember to never cross your hands over the centerline.  Imagine there is a plate of glass that runs along the mane, creating a wall that prevents your hands from crossing over to the other side.  Remember to use your hands together-as if a popsicle stick has them connected. Riding two handed and using …