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Horses & Life Archive

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

Leasing a Horse: Pros and Cons

The question of whether to own a horse is a big one. Having your own horse is exciting and fulfilling, but it is also a big responsibility. As an owner you have not only the financial responsibility of caring for a horse and being prepared for emergencies, but are also solely responsible for their training

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?

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

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

3 Horses that Shaped My Life

There will always be special horses in our lives that shape who we are, not just as riders, but as people. Whether a first horse, a special school horse, or that challenging horse that nothing seems to work for, through the time and connection with these horses, they change us. This video was inspired by

Better Doesn’t Always Feel Better – The Process of Improvement

Sometimes to improve, we have to first take a step backwards. Change is rarely easy, and even when we make a change that will eventually help us improve it does not always feel better right away or create an immediate improvement. In the moment, it will always feel easier to do what is familiar, and

Why Do Horses Roll?

Have you ever finished grooming or bathing your horse, then turned them back out in their field only to watch in dismay as they choose the dirtiest area, drop down, and Roll! A few moments later, they pop back up, shake off, and saunter away looking smug. Meanwhile all you can do is shake your