The Journey of BSF 2022

September 14, 2022 Hello Green to 100 friends! I am working on a reflective update on the lessons and victories of Big South Fork 2022, but meanwhile I’ve compiled a video journey you can enjoy that tells much of the surface story. In short: 88 miles (an odd accumulation due to going off course onContinue reading “The Journey of BSF 2022”

Some trust in horses…

As long as the vet-in this afternoon holds no surprises, we have at least made it to the start of attempt #2 at the single-day 100 mile ride here at Big South Fork Recreation Area in TN. If we were signed up for the 50 I would say I feel pretty confident that barring theContinue reading “Some trust in horses…”

Everything is grace.

I really need to be on the road early. It would be so much easier to close her in the smaller paddock than take the chance I’ll have to follow her around the many acre field in the near dawn hoping she will be on board with leaving with me for the weekend. She isn’tContinue reading “Everything is grace.”

Efficiency & Energy Leaks

March 30, 2022 Where is the energy leaking? This question asked by Emily Kemp last summer has been key for me in pinpointing what is going on in my horse as I’m riding her.  I want to bring K around not only with cardio fitness and muscling but the muscles in the right places toContinue reading “Efficiency & Energy Leaks”

Begin again… again… again…

March 11, 2022 I haven’t had much to write since the end of January when I mused about the predatory nature of humans and how it can affect our horse herds. We have had winter, and it’s busy season for me in the music world. The November-January rabbit hole of liberty experimentation fell away toContinue reading “Begin again… again… again…”

A thousand paper cuts

“If you’re doing something wrong you will find resistance. If you’re doing something right you will find resistance. When you should be concerned is when you don’t find any resistance.” Kris Vallotton Fort Valley 50 is a week away. I am used to resistance. In fact just getting to this year was a struggle throughContinue reading “A thousand paper cuts”

…. And GO!

Below is an excerpt from my Hope Horsemanship August Clinic update. This portion focuses on what Khaleesi & I worked on that I believe will make our endurance riding more successful over time. Currently Iva & I are planning to head to Big South Fork the weekend of September 10 for a 55 mile rideContinue reading “…. And GO!”

Six Feet Over the Line

I am beyond pleased to report that the Blackhorse Ride this weekend brought celebration and success and the mare I’ve poured so much into greatly outperformed my hopes and expectations. Oddly enough I felt unusually unsure of myself while loading my horse onto the trailer and hitting the road on Friday morning. In fact IContinue reading “Six Feet Over the Line”

How to teach your horse to spook: training on the trail

I’ve heard people talk about training on the trail before. In the past I think it’s been more of a way of saying: we don’t need to do circles in an arena to have a well trained horse. The “training on the trail” I’ve seen has been pretty large scale need-based, like making sure aContinue reading “How to teach your horse to spook: training on the trail”

Happy New Year 2021

Hello friends! I am excited to share some news about my new venture Hope Horsemanship. It’s been in the making for a few months and the website is officially live with a new blog as well. I will continue to write here especially as I have hopes for a real ride season with Khaleesi whoContinue reading “Happy New Year 2021”