Riding with Purpose

Riding is an enjoyable pastime. Spending time with a horse does more for an equestrian’s soul than most other things on earth. Non-equestrians will never understand the obsession, the amount of time we spend in the muck, or why we let our vehicle smell that way. We do...

Bending for Straightness

It is important to prioritize your ride. The most important part of prioritizing what you are going to work on is not what you choose to work on but rather what dictates you to choose those things to work on. What should dictate what you “choose” to work on should...

Applying the Riders Seat

A rider that uses their seat correctly is a rider that is seeking refinement and finesse. When a horse responds to the seat, self-carriage will be able to exist for longer periods of time. Most of what we do with our horses classically, they do in nature. Training is...

Accountability and Perspective

Does this sound familiar? My horse did this, and he didn't do that, and I had a terrible ride today. Insert your scenario into "this" and "that" to complete the picture.   So why did your ride really go south? I believe the majority of the time, that "bad ride" is...

Outside the Sandbox

Most of us enjoy riding outside the arena. But, for many horses, this can be a scary thing. Many riders simply choose not to take their horse out of the arena for fear of their own safety and or their horse's safety. Here is a tip to help you know when your horse is...

Listening

We have all been there. You're at a gathering, and you are with a group of friends. There is one person who just keeps talking and talking. You cannot get a word in edgewise. Do you do this to your horse? Talk and talk and direct and give him no room to communicate...

Change is Hard

Change is hard!!! It is hard to mentally accept that there is another way of doing things with your horse. Not to mention muscle memory just makes things happen the way you have trained yourself to do it.   When you have been doing things a certain way with your horse...