Family Day. Thinking of all the families who have been part of my barn family in many years of coaching riders! Teens riding, while mom and dad master leg bandaging and leg ups. Or one spouse in the saddle with the other driving the RV and videotaping the class. Horse shows can pull families together…and … Read moreHorse Show families
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.
Featured in Horse Canada In most disciplines a stop will be on the exam. Styles may vary slightly but in every pattern or test the stop is your presentation’s final “ta-da”. What is the judge looking for?. Location. Your horse should be able to stop in the exact imaginary box of your choosing, not in … Read moreHalt at X Part 2
Featured in Horse Canada I write this article on return from the horse show, after judging multiple disciplines. One common denominator across divisions? The box on each score sheet in which I record a mark for the halt. Equitation, hunter hack, reining, western riding, driven dressage, pleasure driving, and showmanship. Good brakes are a must-have … Read moreHalt at X Part 1
As riders, keeping our minds active and our eyes moving is a recipe for success AND safety in the warm up or show ring. “How does focus influence injury prevention ? “ asked the Coaching Association of Ontario in a recent newsletter. Some highlights: When we begin learning a new sport, activity or task, our … Read moreHow does rider focus influence injury prevention?
As 2018 ran out of racetrack, I reflected on what I love about being a freelance riding coach. 1. The barn aisle conversations about riding, family and life. 2. I love driving! A transition window to consider my lesson plan, the unique personality of the horse and rider and flip through my mental Rolodex of … Read moreReflections of a freelance riding coach
Here we are again, at the gate of a new year – it’s like entering the show ring, walking up the chute, through the in-gate… and into the unknown – do you feel the butterflies?? I love this quote when I get those butterflies mixed with anticipation as I wonder what the coming year will … Read moreAt the in-gate of a new year…
“Experience is not the best teacher; EVALUATED experience is”. – Dr. Howard Hendricks (pastor, professor) Spend some time though reflecting on this past year -what worked and what didn’t work What “bore fruit” in your riding program, your health, relationships and in the lives of others What you enjoyed and what you didn’t enjoy. If … Read moreNew Year’s to-do (and NOT to-do) lists for wise riders.