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”

Speedbumps and Roadblocks

I think one of the key secrets to life is hidden in the ability to discern between speedbumps and roadblocks. I once had a friend introduce me to someone as ‘a force.’ The positive side is that I tend to get things done. I am good at pushing my way through and if I setContinue reading “Speedbumps and Roadblocks”

…. 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!”

The Skies I’m Under

This blog was drafted on August 3 just before the Emily Kemp Clinic. It was left unfinished in the whirlwind of clinic and aftermath until today. The clinic was a wonderful success and an update including some near future plans will follow shortly. And hold me fast, hold me fast‘Cause I’m a hopeless wandererI willContinue reading “The Skies I’m Under”

Slow is smooth.

The Old Dominion weekend 2021 did not go as I envisioned after the amazing 50 mile ride from Camp Bethel a month ago. I’m so grateful.  It appeared that Khaleesi had finally made her come back and I assumed full speed ahead into some 50 mile rides with the end of the season potentially doingContinue reading “Slow is smooth.”

Have Mercy!

I wasn’t exactly sure what site to share this story- so I’m reposting it here. Apologies for those who will get it in more than one format. Have Mercy On Me Story

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”

Prepare to position

Thank you to those people who have given me glimpses of this thing that I now chase after too… Over time this blog has shifted from the physical mindset of conditioning and “training” a young non-Arab horse (well 1/4 Arab…) to complete a 100 mile single day event to a wandering road of the deeperContinue reading “Prepare to position”