The Wheel of Horsemanship

Good horsemanship involves much more than just our skills of riding and training. To have a good ride, we need a horse that is happy, healthy, and sound. Many times the problems we face with our horses aren’t riding issues at all… they are related to another piece of the horsemanship puzzle… We can think

Best Books for Learning to Train Horses

Recently I received an email from a student in one of my courses asking what my favorite riding or training books were and if I could recommend a reading list. I do love to read and thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favorite books with you! I’m often reading

How to Keep Moving Forward with Your Riding Even When You’re Stuck

Learning to ride and work with horses is a lifetime journey. It’s filled with ups and downs as we make progress, get stuck, perhaps take a few steps back, but then forward again. As with any journey or process there are many times we can inevitably feel frustrated. Frustration isn’t a great emotion to feel,

The Key to Solving a Riding Problem… Find an Easier One

One of my favorite quotes for riding and horsemanship comes from someone who was in a field far removed from horses – mathematics. George Poyla was a Hungarian mathematician, but a simple statement he made in regard to solving mathematics equations applies directly to us equestrians. If you can’t solve a problem, then there is

Improve Your Stability in the Saddle by Riding “On Your Thigh”

I’ve made many changes and improvements to my riding over the years, but if I had to choose just one that has had the biggest impact overall, it was understanding the concept of riding “on my thigh”. What I mean is allowing my thigh to bear weight, but without tensing or gripping. This is especially

What To Do When You Aren’t Practicing Your Riding

Most of us don’t have as much time as we’d like to practice our riding. It can be frustrating to return to a lesson week after week and feel as though you don’t make much progress. Or to have an accident and be facing weeks of no riding time as you heal. Today I’ve got

Inspiration & Advice from Riders Just Like You

If you are feeling stuck, there is often nothing as inspiring as hearing from someone else who also experienced challenges, but was able to work through them. It is simply inspiring to learn from others about working through the unique challenges of riding, especially when you are starting out or re-joining the world of horses

What does it mean to “Connect” to a Horse?

The feeling of connection is one that many of us strive for. We want to hear a nicker when we walk in the barn, have our horse greet us at the gate, walk easily by our side when leading, and to feel them attentive as we ride, responding with lightness to our most subtle cues.

Is Your Horse Pain Free? Saddle Fitting with Dr. Joyce Harman

Saddle fit affects every rider. Jumper, reiner, dressage, or weekend trail rider – we all need to pay attention to our saddle fit in order to keep our horses happy and healthy and for us to feel comfortable and balanced too. Many behavior problems as well as soundness problems stem from a poor fitting saddle.

What it’s like to ride a “Mechanical Horse”

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try out a “riding simulator”, and not just any simulator but a super fancy technical one – the Racewood Dressage Model. This is essentially a mechanical horse that walks, trots, canters, and even does flying lead changes! The simulator gave me instant feedback on my balance,