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Beat the Winter Horse Slump

The holiday festivities are behind me and the days seem so long and dismal. Even if I muster the courage to ride in the cold, I’m bored with my routine. Round and round, a canter down the long side, a few side-passes…ho hum.

You get the picture. Even my poor…

Be Normal

I am accumulating the number of horses I’ve started myself and I really do love starting them with my own program. We’ve all heard that not every horse is as easy to back or continue on up the levels with as the next. As my two up and comers are…

Ya Got To Work It, Work It.

If you read my last guest blog (if not, here is a direct link so you can catch up) you may remember that Chloe was recently “jumping” raised cavaletti poles like they were cross country obstacles. After this particular ride, my trainer was talking about how she was going…

Trail Riding

Anticipated whinnies when the trailer door swings open. The early autumn sun warming your face and the crisp fall air filling your lungs.  The crunch of leaves under hoof. The beauty of a new trail and the excitement of what will be encountered around the next corner. The challenge…

Winter Chloe

Chloe may be 18 years old, but she still turns into “Winter Chloe” once the temperatures drop and the sun begins to set earlier. North Carolina is known for going from Summer to Winter in a matter of days. You will be in your sandals on a Saturday and…

No Stirrup November

I am definitely never one to keep up on fads. Happy to report, half the time I’m about a year behind the times before I catch up. I am neither pro or con for the whole, take your stirrups away for a whole month. As with everything that happens…

10 Qualities of a Good Rider

We all strive to be the best rider we can be. It’s what pushes us to train and ride more frequently. There are books, magazines, videos, and online resources that direct us on our journey from beginner to advance rider. We study professional trainers and some may even take…