A case to be made for saddle time vs. screen time!

“Mr Smith, I think for the sake of your daughter’s well-being, you should invest in a horse…” Reading an article about the effects smartphones and social media have on us, I‘d say the science is confirming that uneasiness many of us have our ever-present screens.  Could it be we’re designed to thrive in real community … Read moreA case to be made for saddle time vs. screen time!

How do you keep school horses fresh?

At recent clinics for therapeutic riding facilities, we considered ideas to: teach a horse new “buttons” and erase those that are no longer needed fit a really effective skill tune- up into a minimum schooling time budget prevent sourness and unwanted habits    evaluate a donated horse for suitability We solved some “horse puzzles” using … Read moreHow do you keep school horses fresh?

Volunteers. Getting involved in a bigger story!

Volunteers – giving of themselves for the benefit of others. Working together  toward a bigger story than their own.  I had pleasure (and fun!) of working with staff and volunteers at two therapeutic riding facilities over the last two weekends.  It’s SO easy to get lost in our own stories, isn’t it? Scrolling screens, and … Read moreVolunteers. Getting involved in a bigger story!

Speed event “horse science”…Every little resistance costs precious time.

I love working with “speed riders” in clinics or lessons – helping them to: identify specific instances in which the horse is resisting their cues on course clarify their cues  speak in a code the horse understands – even while navigating at speed. Jumper, barrels or extreme obstacle races. Speed under control is quicker than … Read moreSpeed event “horse science”…Every little resistance costs precious time.