Falling Off . My approach to rebuilding rider confidence. Part 2

After a fall, the traditional prescription is to get back in the saddle. “Seven falls make a rider!”. Horse stops at a fence ? “Throw your heart over and your horse’ll go too!”  As a young rider on a regular refuser, that adage didn’t inspire confidence in me! Despite approaching a fence with my jaw … Read moreFalling Off . My approach to rebuilding rider confidence. Part 2

Falling Off . My approach to rebuilding rider confidence. Part 1

I heard some riders joking that their barn policy is that anyone who falls off during a lesson buys their instructor a Coke. Cute, but does reveal and underlying assumption:  Falling off is a necessary evil of learning to ride… but is it?  Memories of my early days at the local riding school include eager … Read moreFalling Off . My approach to rebuilding rider confidence. Part 1

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!

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!