It’s November 1st. And while, to many, this signifies the beginning of the holiday season, equestrians know better. Forget “the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s really “the most painful time of the year.” This is No-Stirrup November. To celebrate, here’s a revisit of a classic post: Thoughts While Riding Without Stirrups. Cheers, and … More No-Stirrup November: Thoughts While Riding Without Stirrups
Guys. I’ve been trying on-and-off for more than a year now to sell my Kieffer Aachen All Purpose saddle. It is a great saddle! But I had to get a different one to fit Drifter better. Honestly I just want this dang thing gone now. Here are the details: 18″ Kieffer Aachen AP Saddle, medium … More Help Me Sell My Saddle!
Dear Barn Friends, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Over the years, I’ve had many friends and acquaintances from school, work and other sports. But there’s no other type of friend that comes close to you, Barn Friends. You understand me. And I understand you. Ours is a friendship that … More An Open Letter to Barn Friends
Since I found out that Drifter is for sale, I’ve gone through various emotions. Mostly sad ones. And while I did settle in for Netflix, wine and ice cream, after about a week of serious wallowing I decided that I should probably choose some healthier options. Though I’m doing much better overall, I do still feel … More Wrapping Myself in a Cozy Emotional Blanket
Last night, I learned some tough news. Drifter’s owners have decided that they are going to sell him. While I was always aware that my situation with Drifter would end at some point, it did come as a shock that that time is now. Or pretty much now. I will still ride him until he is sold. … More Sad News & The End of a Chapter
A quick reminder: My goals for this weekend’s show were to have rhythm and clarity. I put them in that order because it’s hard to achieve clarity without rhythm and the level of control and calmness that it provides. And I also wanted to not die of heat stroke. So did we achieve our goals? … More Show Recap: Sweet Summertime
I came across this lovely little story as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. It’s worth a watch. Warning: May require tissues!
I am bursting with pride. Drifter went to his very first show this weekend. And he was a rockstar. He was a little nervous when we arrived, but settled right into his stall and from then on he offered a calm demeanor and willing attitude the whole weekend. I honestly went into the weekend totally prepared … More Drifter’s First Show
Over the weekend, I rode in an amazing clinic with Kirsten Nelsen. At the beginning, I had explained that Drifter is generally a pretty stoic guy, not super emotional or anxious. He tries very hard, and he’s a thinker. He sometimes needs to take a little extra time to think over difficult concepts; there have … More The Best Compliment I’ve Ever Gotten
It’s not dramatic when I say that riding in a clinic with Kirsten Nelsen this weekend was life-changing. Her whole philosophy is called Training for Optimal Balance, which includes both physical and mental balance for horses and riders. She is a follower of Jean Luc Cornille and his philosophy of the Science of Motion. The weekend … More The Life-Changing Kirsten Nelsen Clinic