Every year as the weather changes and winter begins knocking at the door, the big blanket debate seems to reappear. There are charts and discussions passed around social media, and inevitably my clients also begin asking what I think. I decided I would create a list for them, and anyone else who might have blanketing […]
Walking through my yard this morning I noticed a flower blooming on my lilac bush. These flowers usually bloom in May, and today is September 22. The bright lavender color is a stark contrast to the surrounding fall colors. It is the proverbial “late bloomer” in all of it’s beauty. It makes me smile and the […]
Dealing with the loss of a horse. Warning: This subject may be difficult for some to read. But this story needs to be told. I feel it is important for us as stewards of the magnificent horses of the world to honor their emotional needs as much as their physical. I have witnessed horses dealing […]
3 Simple Exercises To Test Your Horse’s Obedience
Obedience is an interesting thing between a horse and rider. Sometimes even when we feel like our horses are behaving well, a situation will arise that makes you wonder what went wrong. Those moments when your horse blatantly blows you off or has “other plans” when you request something can be a surprise to many […]
Why did my perfectly ridden dressage test receive a low score?
Understanding your score Whether you are riding intro A or second level test 2 how you approach the test as a whole, can make a significant difference in your score. It is not uncommon for riders to focus on riding the correct pattern of the dressage test. I see it often; they drill it over […]
How long does training take?
Repost from 2017 It has been almost 6 months since I brought her home. She was just over 2 years, and a bit unruly. Not in a bad way, just lack of experience or handling. In today’s world, it is common practice to put a young horse out in a group and let them grow, […]
Natural Horsemanship Vs. Classical Dressage
There is a fine line between training the body and training the brain in your equine partner. While I have always used concepts of “natural horsemanship” in my building of the mind, this tool is only a slice of the big picture. I also use many classical dressage concepts to build the athlete they need […]
Carrots for love?
Do you feed your horse too many treats? Money can’t buy you love Horses can be very food motivated. And using treats as a reward is sometimes a great approach to training. But I want to address another type of treat giving that is not always a good thing. Trying to buy your horses love […]
My experience in the USDF L Candidate program
Repost from 2019 The question was posed, “How do you feel you did this weekend?” The answer was flowing out of me before any conscious thought, because when you believe in what you are doing, you do not second guess yourself. My response, “I feel I did my best, and that is all I can […]
Starting a rescue horses training
Repost from 2018 The big black gelding stood eyeing me from the grooming area. His owner was busily grooming and prepping him for me. His expression was one of reservation. Not at all that he looked nervous or worried, but there is a certain look that shows mistrust. His story was a sad one. A […]