A recent article I wrote for The Rider… Building your horse’s skill and confidence over poles is like building any structure – first, lay a solid foundation. Nothing shakes a prey animal’s confidence like getting his feet tangled as he leaps over and lands on the rails. As with jumping, the building blocks of this … Read moreTaking poles in stride. Part 1
Wow-the battle of the bulge – not just a concern for us, middle- aged humans but our horses as well! There’s an increase in the number of obese horses found in the leisure industry in industrialized countries and it’s now recognized as a real equine health and welfare concern. Here are some highlights and suggestions … Read moreThe battle of the bulge
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?
“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.