Fixing spins and turns on the haunches Part 2.

Sharing an article I wrote for Horse Canada magazine, from the archives. English riders, don’t let the western title or tack deter you! Turns on the haunches have the same ingredients – forward “thought”, cadence, alignment (slightly arced). Differences? Dressage judges look for a walking rhythm, with the inner hind leg stepping up and down … Read more

Fixing spins and turns on haunches

Sharing an article I wrote for Horse Canada magazine, from the archives. English riders, don’t let the western title or tack deter you! Turns on the haunches have the same ingredients – forward “thought”, cadence, alignment (slightly arced). Differences? Dressage judges look for a walking rhythm, with the inner hind leg stepping up and down … Read more

Beauty in unexpected places

It’s amazing that in the horse world, you can spot beauty and creativity in “functional” places.  Jump course design. Trail course design.  “Bling” sneaking  into the every corner – browbands, belts, braids and boots.   I believe the capacity to create is the imprint of God – uniquely human.  I see the beauty, intricate design and … Read more

Pressures, prey animals and people.

When I’m feeling squeezed by the world, does it bring out the best or the worst in me? In clinics for therapeutic riding facilities, I work with staff to teach or re-teach horses to stand quietly at the mounting ramp. Not a naturally pleasant experience for a prey animal – sandwiched between a tall ramp … Read more