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…”

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…”

…. 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”

The Right Result

Joyce Meyer has a saying: if you keep doing the right things, eventually you will get a right result. The right things are usually not the easy things. The right things come with resistance, struggle and doubt. But if you hang in there I believe what Joyce says is true, the right result will come.Continue reading “The Right Result”

First 5 videos

It’s been fun creating the first mini-series in video for starting the day connected. I’ve learned a fair amount already about the video-audio process and they will continue to improve in quality as I go forward. There are a couple ways to find the videos in one place. First is the link to my WordPressContinue reading “First 5 videos”

The Relationship

I knew when I brought home Ireland (now Khaleesi) as a barely handled 4 year old that I didn’t want a horse that complied with what I wanted or needed out of fear or force. I wanted a willing horse who would choose to be my partner. I didn’t want a trained horse, I wantedContinue reading “The Relationship”

Set back

Maybe it’s only my experience, but an active life with horses seems impossible without a wandering success curve. Possibly if you have a couple pasture pets that don’t have much work to do except to eat and poop it’s not so striking, but try to use a horse in a discipline of any serious sortContinue reading “Set back”