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 more How do you keep school horses fresh?
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 more Volunteers. Getting involved in a bigger story!
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 more Horse 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 more Speed 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 more Halt at X Part 2