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You Have a New Horse, Now What?

The first horse is a dream fulfilled. Perhaps as a child you longed for a pony of your own but it was never a reality. But now, years later, you have a horse to call your own. Maybe you’ve just started looking for your special horse and are eagerly awaiting the day you bring them

One Exercise to Improve Your Sitting Trot

The sitting trot is a difficult gait for many to learn. It is not a gait you can muscle through, in fact the more you try to hold yourself in the saddle by gripping tighter the more you will end up bouncing. The more you bounce on the horse’s back the more they will tighten

A Once in a Lifetime Horse – Mestre Luis Valenca and Sultao

For some people, there is a once in a lifetime horse. The horse that will always have a very special place in your heart, they teach you a lesson you will never forget, or open a door that would never have opened if not for their presence. Last week, while riding and studying at the

6 Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe Around Horses

Most of us equestrians find that our love of animals extends beyond horses, many of the riders I know also have dogs and would love to be able to safely bring their dog to the barn. Horses and dogs can seem natural companions, but both pose a danger to the other – especially when scared

What are the Most Common Mistakes People Make When Setting Goals?

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  ― Albert Einstein We all want to grow as equestrians, we want to get better, in our skills, in managing our internal state, for the benefit of ourselves and our horses. But to grow, we

Holiday Special: What Brings Us All Together

Beyond the colorful lights, the trees, the ornaments and the cookies, the holidays are a time to reflect on what matters most – family, friends, the many blessings in our lives, and of course, the horses we spend time with. Through my life horses have given me so much, from companionship and confidence as a

How Do You Make the Most Out of the Time with Your Horse?

How do you make the most of the time you have to spend with your horse? I’d like you to take a moment and think about your answer… when you are with your horse or practicing your riding, what makes you feel as if it was time well spent? Time is our most valuable resource,

One Simple Warm Up Exercise to Start Your Ride

There is one thing we could all use more of – time! Especially when it comes to what we really enjoy, being with our horse and riding, it can seem as if we never have enough time to spend. You may long to ride five days a week, but right now, all you can fit

“The Broader View of Training” Interview with an Equine Behavior Consultant

When training a horse, it is important to look at the big picture. There are many factors that influence behavior and in many cases, the resolution of a problem may require more than just “training”. This is where an equine behavior consultant can play an important role. I sat down with behavior consultant Sharon Madera

What Have You Learned from Horses & Riding

Horses have a lot to teach us. They teach us how to be good observers and listeners, they teach us to slow down, to enjoy life and savor little moments. In our journey of becoming better riders we learn to work through frustration, to listen to our instincts, and to work through many types of