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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…

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…