June 13, 2019

Time to focus on evenness in the rein contact. This is a tough exercise because it’s simple in concept but difficult to do. First warm up regularly. Now focus on the reins being even in both hands. That’s it. I’m serious. That’s all you need to do. When the horse gets...

June 3, 2019

I like Mondays! Did I just hear you groan? It’s OK. Sure, it’s the start of a busy crazy week after a too short weekend. But what’s fun about it is my watch is off. No really – the time passes like normal I guess but I feel like it whips by. IT’s almost refreshing to b...

May 31, 2019

I sometimes want my life to be easy. You know like they mythical 1% wealthy who can have all those labors we don’t want to do be done for us by someone else. But living in the other 99% means the doing has to be me. I find myself running around trying to push myself to...

May 30, 2019

This is taken from the Carolina Omnibus sent out by Kay Whitlock - it's a good read! Reach out to her at kaydq@fastmail.fm to be on her distribution list for shows in the Southeast or for her great articles. 

What does it take to be a USDF/USEF Judge?

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May 22, 2019

Our last blog was about halting square. Hopefully, you are developing a square halt that is becoming more natural for you and horse and it’s not such a hard exercise. Make sure you relax as much as possible when you train this. If your mind is calm and tranquil as you...

May 15, 2019

Our last blog was about halting. The sneaky way it gets thrown into competition tests when all we’ve been focusing on is moving our horses freely forward.  If you added the exercise from the last blog to your training regime halting should be more the ‘normal’ thing yo...

May 9, 2019

Probably the best riding you will ever do is when your riding from half halt to half halt. What’s a half halt? To the horse it’s a re-balancing of their body. A brief pause or hesitation to make things better, more pronounced or softer. For the horse it’s an alert that...

May 8, 2019

We spend a crazy inordinate amount of time to get our horses to go forward. We push them and ourselves to get used to a steady active tempo without feeling like we’re running out of control. And, then we go to a show and they throw us a curve ball because the first thi...

May 1, 2019

I was listening to another podcaster Brandon Turner on a different topic and he is using the acronym FEEL to help him maximize his life. I was totally blown away how it can apply to our Riding!

So here goes: 

F = Focus

E = Educate

E= Execute

L = Learn

So, first Focus on what...

April 25, 2019

Let’s just accept it – horse riders are a special breed of human. What we do with our horses would turn the average person green. Don’t believe me? Discuss cleaning a sheath. Or, jump a coffin. Yes, I said coffin. Or roping a calf with a horse with cow sense. That’ll m...

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