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Learning to Learn

The more we learn the better we get at the process of learning. Our brains become more efficient at making connections, sorting out relevant information, and creating new memories. For humans on a societal level, the practice of “higher education” through colleges and universities plays a big role in this. No matter what we study,

What Does it Mean to “Open Your Hip”?

Have you ever received the riding instruction of “open your hip” and not sure what it meant? Or have you been accused of leaning forward, but when you try to sit more upright, you feel as though you are constantly losing your balance toward the rear of the horse? In this video, I am going

Better Use of Your Back Riding (with the exercise ball)

A stable, supple back position when riding means increased freedom in your hips to go with the movement of the horse, the ability to give precise cues with your legs, and a soft upper body so your contact can be steady and your rein aids clear. But what is the difference between the terms that

Comparing Horse and Rider Anatomy

As humans, we look different than our horses. Obviously. We walk on two feet, they stand on four hooves. They have long necks and big heads, we have short necks, and well, still rather big heads. But if you look at our most basic anatomy, our skeletons, we are surprisingly similar to our horses. Besides

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 inspiring to learn from others who have experienced challenges, made progress, and can share what worked, and what didn’t… Because there are certainly unique challenges in

Three Ways to Connect with Your Horse

Recently, I have been fascinated by the idea of “connection”. What is it, how do we define it, how do we recognize it? Last year, I wrote an article, What Does it Mean to Connect to a Horse, to propose possible answers for these questions. I wanted to follow up with a few ideas about

How to Choose a Great Riding Instructor

You put a lot of faith in your riding instructor. Especially when you are just starting out, you trust their knowledge and judgement to choose a safe horse for you, and to find the balance between pushing you to improve and yet not asking you to do something outside of your skill level. You are

Giving an Eye Medication with Positive Reinforcement

It’s an unfortunate part of horse care and ownership, but horses do get sick and injured. When they do, the treatment process can be quite a challenge. Most medical procedures, whether that is giving a drug orally or through injection, cleaning a wound, or applying a bandage, are inherently an unpleasant experience for the horse.

When to Blanket Your Horse

Blanketing is a tricky topic in horse care. As owners, we want to provide our horses with the best care possible. We feel good seeing them in a clean stall, wrapped in a cozy blanket… But is this what our horse would choose also? As my answer often goes for many questions, “it depends”. Blanketing

How Trying Harder Can Keep You Stuck

What do you do when you come up against a problem in your riding? Do you try harder, do you do more, do you do less, do you back off and look for a different approach? Many riders have highly “driven” personalities. We want to succeed, to do well, to progress quickly. However, the drive