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How to Safely Expand Your Comfort Zone

Get back on the horse Just get over it – push through Stop being so afraid These are the kinds of messages we are told (or we tell ourselves) about how we should respond to fear. The common narrative is that to improve, we need to be outside our comfort zone. But here is the

Why Smart Horses Get a Bad Rap

I love working with the so-called “problem horses”. They are the ones that have always made me better as a trainer. They are the ones I wake up at night thinking about. One reason I love these “problem horses” – they are almost always highly intelligent. In fact, it is just this – their intelligence

5 Reasons Why Horses Behave Differently for Different People

Ever wondered why horses can behave so differently for different people? Perhaps you’ve been having a problem with your horse, but when your trainer rides they never seem to have the same problem. Or you notice that a lesson horse you get along with really well is more difficult for other riders. The reason one

What’s In a Horse First Aid Kit

Accidents happen. From cuts and scrapes to fever and lameness, a hoof abscess or a puncture wound, being prepared can make all the difference. With the right supplies, you can treat small problems on your own, and you can be ready to handle emergencies until the vet arrives. A good first aid kit is essential

Balance of Learning and Illusions of Progress

Progress makes us feel good. It makes us feel accomplished and proud. But when we want to truly improve, to master a skill, to do something we could not do before, we need to be careful that the progress is not an illusion.  There are several ways we can be deceived by the illusion of

Training Mustangs (+ one of the biggest mistakes everyone makes when training) with Dr. Patricia Barlow Irick

There’s a big mistake we have all made where we think we are training our horse, but actually they may be training us… essentially neither one really understands what the other thinks is happening. If you’ve ever had your dog jump on you at the door or your horse mug you for food before turning

Connection – The Intersection of Awareness and Caring

What is connection? A word that is so commonly used, yet so widely interpreted.  It is essential but can be experienced in many different ways. As social species, we strive for connection, but how do we know when we are there, and why does the sense of connection often seem to fade as quickly as

How to Slow Down a Fast Trot

There may not be any gate more unpleasant than a fast, jarring trot. You know the feeling – where you can’t get your horse organized, and they feel bouncy, quick, and tense. The more a horse rushes around, the more anxious they become, and the faster they will go, so creating a balanced and rhythmic

Dealing with the Unknown – Lessons from Learning to Ride

This article was written by Bill Adelson, an architect, MBA, CEO of a specialty solar energy company, and new rider, starting at age 50. Bill has a writing style that is simple and straightforward, but thoughtful, considering multiple angles on a topic. Bill writes on many subjects, including horses, riding, and the life lessons that

Finding Your State of Flow

Take a moment and remember one of the best rides you have ever had. Maybe it wasn’t even a ride, it was just being with your horse… A time where you were completely lost in the moment. Time itself seemed to be standing still and all the noise in your mind of day to day