Celebrating Students & Horses ~ Barb & Socks.

 As a coach and mentor, I enjoy seeing and celebrating the success of students and their horses. It is powerful to see connection and harmony between horse and rider, a life’s work for me!

 Here’s a nice moment with our friend, Barb and her gelding, Socks. He’s a...

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The Gift of Gratitude from Crystal & Wizard.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. —GK Chesterton

I love hearing student success stories and I’m sharing a special one here. Crystal Kroetch is a dear friend, a prominent horsewoman with a decorated...

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Celebrating Students & Horses ~Tabitha and Zeus.

Sharing the success of Tabitha and her Andalusian gelding, Zeus. 

As a coach and mentor, there is satisfaction and pride when you see students enjoying success with their horses through connection, feel and horsemanship skills. It's such a great feeling, celebrating the hard work and...

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How to Move Your Horse, Freely AND Forward.

I share this story to make an important point about the benefit of training that promotes what the horse is naturally good at, moving with freedom, relaxation and energy.

Many horses move with tension and are just waiting until they can stand still to relax. This is not good for them and can be...

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Two States of Mind: Meld & Mold / Solve the Puzzle.

I love the thinking part of the horse's brain! We can..and must…engage that curious and confident part of a horse. 

I’ve narrowed things down to two connected mental states a horse can be in when they are with us. On a regular day I want to engage both because each has a...

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Rider Weight in Lateral Movement ~ Inside or Outside?

Student Question: 

I was reading Alois Podhajsky (former Director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna) and am wondering; where does the rider’s weight go on lateral moves? This question has historically been answered differently in English vs. Western disciplines.  

My...

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