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Preparing for Spring Riding

After the holidays are over, I’m ready to dive right in to the New Year, but there are usually still months of cold weather left before I can really get started. There is a lot we can do even now in the dead of winter to satisfy that urge…

Groundwork, groundwork, groundwork!

When people tell me they are having troubles with their horse, it’s almost always followed by an excuse. “My horse won’t go out on the trail because he doesn’t get along with your mare.” “If you turn your back on my mare she’ll nip at you because you’re standing…

The Lady Who Is – The Long Rider

  Even my granddaughter Gretchen read more books than I ever did. As time went on my husband and I were able to take some trips-and in that bit of leisurely time I started to read a few books.  Luckily, I happened upon a couple of good ones that…

Are We Losing our Young Riders?

It’s all about horses. For over 30 years, I have watched the horse industry and the changes that occur.  Trends come and go, disciplines can sometimes grow into a wider range of acceptance and new breeds never cease to amaze me.  But one facet of our industry is starting…

WINTER HORSE CARE

 Today, my husband and I live in Utah at 7000’ feet.  We are lucky enough to have our horses living on our property.  Keeping horses in a winter climate is a lot more work than my California days.  Winter months bring many challenges – frozen water, icy walkways, feed,…

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…

5 Steps to Building Your Confidence in the Saddle

It happens to the best of us… a nasty fall or unruly horse that leaves you doubting everything. You may begin questioning your abilities and whether you can handle your horse or not. You’re not alone! Many riders have traumatic experiences that crush their confidence, but don’t worry… You…

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…