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,

To Improve Your Riding, Change Your Patterns of Movement

To learn a new riding skill we need to understand the feeling we’re looking for as well as find a way to break our old habits and patterns of movement. Trying to do this cognitively only from verbal instruction (how riding is most often taught) isn’t always very effective. But when we can discover what

Linda Tellington Jones – Mindset, Gratitude, and Touch

After marrying her riding instructor at age 17, excelling in many equestrian disciplines, running a top riding school, and developing the unique system of TTouch (a system of touches to calm and heal) Linda Tellington Jones is still going strong at age 79, traveling the world to teach and lead her team of instructors. I

From Dodging Kicks to the First Ride: Working with Zelli

Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a young mare named Zelli. Zelli has been one of the most interesting horses I’ve known. As a foal, she had several medical conditions that made her early handling quite an unpleasant experience. Zelli was already a sensitive and intelligent filly and she

Highlights from Equitana – The Largest Equine Trade Fair in the World

I spent the last week in Essen, Germany attending Equitana, a huge event that pulls in some of the most talented riders, dedicated trainers, and innovative equestrian companies. With 12 exhibitor halls, 7 arenas, and over 200,000 visitors, it is the largest equine trade fair in the world. This was also my first trip to