I recently came across a post called “Top 3 Reasons Why America’s Producing so Many Mediocre Instructors” and was intrigued enough to read it. Partially, my curiosity stemmed from the fact that I don’t believe my instructors are mediocre. Not in the least. So I looked back at my instructors growing up…nope, my most influential … More Are American Riding Instructors Mediocre?
I had a really great lesson on Husky yesterday, where we focused on changing gaits by using just our energy. Here’s what we did: The Exercise: Visualize yourself as an hourglass. When you want to go from a walk to a trot, imagine all your energy moving from your legs up into your shoulders. Feel … More Don’t Get Stuck in the “Oh, Craps”
It’s been a tough few weeks. There has been a lot going on in my life, both exciting and not-so-exciting. All fairly stressful. It has really tested me on staying centered in my life outside of the barn. If I’m being honest, I haven’t always succeeded (but that’s okay). In my lesson last night, we … More There is No Room for Frustration
I had my first lesson on Knightwind yesterday. She is a little bay mare with quite a luxurious mane. And when I say “little,” I mean it. When I stand next to her, our legs are the same length. Now, I’m not a short person, so I was slightly concerned about the prospect of riding … More A Brief History of Why We Post the Trot, According to Mr. K – and Why It Matters
I just came across this wonderful post on Confident Horsemanship – The Blog: A Simple Exercise to Improve Your Riding Position, Balance and Confidence. It talks about riders being soft and supple, which allows the horse to do the same. In the post, the author mentions that by correcting a rider’s position, horses that have … More The Source of the Problem is Probably the Rider