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Falls Can Happen. Here’s How to Prepare

When we climb onto the back of a horse with a mind and behaviors all it’s own, we are always taking on the risk that we could fall. As careful as we try to be, it could still happen. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about accepting risk. Safety does come in pretending

How to Safely Get On a Horse + Biggest Mistakes

It’s the first step to riding. You’ve got to get on the horse. But the process of doing just that can set the tone for the rest of your ride. And many accidents can happen right there at the mounting block. The saddle slips, the horse moves before you’re ready, you lose your balance just

When it’s​ just not working out – Selling a Horse

The first time you find these thoughts in your mind can be gut-wrenching.  “Is this ever going to work?” Maybe I should find her another home? Maybe I should sell her?” You think of all the hopes you had, all the visions of galloping together across open fields, of long trail rides, of fulfilling those

What is a Safe Horse?

What makes a safe horse? Is it bombproofing techniques – working to desensitize them to as much as possible? Is it the horse that is quiet and still, seemingly unflappable in any situation? Are we assured to stay safe as long as we are going slow, riding in an arena, or with a good instructor?

Fight, Flight, Freeze – It’s More Subtle than you think

“He just took off. I had no warning at all!” “I was just brushing her and then she bit me, I never saw itcoming!” Has your horse ever had a reaction that seemed completely unprompted? You were not expecting it, were not prepared for it, and then all of a sudden… it happened. They bucked,

The Horse is a Mirror of Our Emotions. Is This True?

The role of the horse in human life is changing. Horses are no longer needed for transportation, or for military. Their role is no longer limited to sport or recreation. As various forms of equine-assisted therapy and coaching become popular and mainstream, we are becoming more interested in the horse for what they can teach

Does Your Horse Like to be Petted?

Touch can be connecting, soothing, reassuring, and calming. But not when it is unwanted. We love to touch our horses. They are beautiful, from their shining coats and flowing manes and tails to their soft muzzles. We love to touch our horses, however, it is important to recognize if the horse also appreciates that touch.

Horse People Have Strong Opinions – why we all want to be right

The equestrian community is one of strong opinions. What is right, and what is not. What is cruel, and what is humane. What we should do with horses and what we should not do with them.   Disagreement exists everywhere, from barefoot vs. shoeing arguments in horse care to arguments over the role of dominance

Four Riding Warm Up Exercises

Beginnings are always important. They set the tone for what comes later and the beginning of a ride is no exception. Starting out with a few moments focused on movement and breathing can help you find your alignment and balance for the ride ahead. Find a simple warm up routine that works well for you

Best Books on Riding

I love to read. One of my favorite ways to pass time (when not riding) is sprawled out on the floor with a good book. There is something special about getting lost in the pages of a book, discovering new ideas, solutions, and stories. Many times the words of an author from a book I