I knew Zelda was smarter than the average horse

It’s been hot here. Up in the 90s almost every day. I tip my hats to my friends who are still taking lessons, still competing, and have lived to tell about it. I’m riding, but only in the early morning or early evening when the temperatures are a bit more forgiving. This weather reminds me […]

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Were you fearless as a kid?

The video below shows a kid of maybe 9 or 10 jumping fences that are about 3’6″ or 4′. It’s a lovely horse that’s taking excellent care of its rider. But you have to give some credit to the kid for riding down to a fence that may be as tall as he is. I […]

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Why, after all these years, I still need riding lessons

If you’re not actively working to get better at what you do, there’s a good chance you’re getting worse, no matter what the quality of your initial training may have been. I read this on the Internet (The Energy Project) and it encapsulated what I feel about working with a trainer. I’ve had a lot […]

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How to choose a trainer

Jane over at the Literary Horse is embarking on a search for a new trainer since her’s just retired. She asked her readers what they look for when they are choosing a trainer. My response started to get so long that I decided I’d better make it into a post! Here’s what I do: If […]

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Light Bulb Moments: Legs not hands

As humans we are all used to doing things with our hands. In fact, during our days we probably do most things with our hands. Unfortunately, that tendency extends to riding. It’s all too easy to ride with our hands and that leaves us focusing on our horses’ heads, rather than on their engines. Recently […]

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Pool noodle not included

Here’s a product that when I read about I couldn’t decide whether to laugh myself silly or kick myself for not coming up with the idea myself. Is it so simple that it’s just another  ridiculous way to part aspiring DQs from their money? Or simply an amazing way to convey the basic concepts of […]

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Geoff Billington: Comedian or showjumper?

One of the coolest things on the Internet is the wealth of educational materials. I’m not going to be heading to England any time soon to ride with (or audit) a training session with show jumping great Geoff Billington, but I don’t have to. Horse and Country TV brings it right to my laptop. I […]

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More reasons to practice your two-point position.

Getting in shape to ride in a balanced half seat is painful. I can remember many lessons when my legs ached and my balance was precarious. I had instructors who insisted on perfecting my two point position. Maybe you’ve been there: arms out to the side, arms overhead, no stirrups, and endless circles and figures […]

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