Kairos

I like to imagine a horse knows her name and will tell you if you ask. Khaleesi was born on March 17 and named Shamrock temporarily until she was renamed Ireland. I knew when she came to live with me however, that she had a real name and would reveal it when she was readyContinue reading “Kairos”

Adventure in the depths

With the world of Covid my circles have become smaller, yet I’ve found instead of feeling grounded or isolated I’ve been finding my ‘GO’ in depth instead of width. I am grateful to live in a place with around 75% National Forest and low population density, so it’s normal for me to spend a dayContinue reading “Adventure in the depths”

A new decade

January 1, 2020 I am glad to wish you all a Happy New Year and even more glad to share that after months of no words, I am back. This year has brought a tough process, yet I have reason to hope that the death of 2019 and the emerging of a new decade bringContinue reading “A new decade”

Lessons: Kindergarten Graduation

July 10, 2019 This blog is part of a series inspired by a private clinic with Emily Kemp. I highly recommend her and you can find more information here: Emily Kemp Website Some of the most profound lessons for me from the clinic came from working with Wyoming. Wyoming is a BLM Mustang from WyomingContinue reading “Lessons: Kindergarten Graduation”

Lessons: check in!

July 5, 2019 I recently hosted a 4-day private clinic with wonderful horsewoman Emily Kemp [Emily Kemp Horsemanship] for a handful of my riding friends. I can’t adequately describe in words the elegance and joy in Emily’s riding (and her genuine humility that accompanies it) but what I love even more is that we shareContinue reading “Lessons: check in!”

Healing and the Hope Cycle

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 I recently heard Holly Furtick talk about the Hope Cycle. She was inspired by an ancient letter written to people in Rome by a guy named Paul who suggested that we should be glad when we get to suffer… because suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope…Continue reading “Healing and the Hope Cycle”

The Good Deal.

Monday, December 21, 2015 Always offer the horse a good deal first. Then if they don’t take it do what it takes to get it done. If you’re consistent the will start to take you up on the good deal and you’ll need less effort each try. **Every detail counts: I try to be moreContinue reading “The Good Deal.”

Hunting the feel

Friday, December 18, 2015 The soft feel is the goal that it seems everything is in service to. Being able to do as much as possible with as little as possible. The instinct of when exactly to release when your horse begins to try- not to wait until the entire physical motion has played out.Continue reading “Hunting the feel”

Update… small steps

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Training a horse is insulting to the horse. Don’t be a horse trainer- be a horseman. A horseman educates the horse without the horse ever knowing its being trained…. Training a horse is absolutely finite. If you get the horse to operate as to be your legs you have exceeded theContinue reading “Update… small steps”

The Cycle

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 I haven’t written in a while because we’ve been doing a mainly light pleasure riding and nothing very exciting has been happening in the team green world. We are waiting for the saddle to ship next month and whatever combination I use doesn’t seem to be all that bad but neitherContinue reading “The Cycle”