Just Ride Already

Just Ride Already

My bedroom is piled with clothes. My dog needs a bath and a haircut. I need to clean tack and sweep the tack room floor. And that’s just the beginning of the list. I don’t have time to ride. But today, I rode River. After over a month, I finally managed to get enough mud off to saddle up and ride! I spent the last three days chiseling through clods of dried clay built up from the last several weeks…

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What Keeps You Going?

What Keeps You Going?

Last week I wrote a post about what’s holding you back. The idea was to identify some of the road blocks we have, so that we can learn how to deal with them, dismiss them, or even eliminate them. Today I want to focus on things that motivate or uplift. What you focus on is what you get more of! This time of year, I am so done with winter and ready for the warm spring days ahead. Here in…

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What’s Holding You Back?

What’s Holding You Back?

My students never seem to lose their enthusiasm for riding. Cold, wind, drizzle, and even snow don’t seem to deter them. I am jealous, because I just can’t seem to get all that excited anymore. I do my daily chores in the barn, I teach all my lessons, and when it comes to my own riding and training progress, I seem to be stalled. There are even days when I think about quitting. But then I think of my students…

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Challenges for Horse People

Challenges for Horse People

Feeling like a nobody I’m a nobody in the horse world. Really. Honestly. I am practically a nobody even in my local horse community. I mean, sure, I am a riding instructor. Yes, my students love me. I am a fairly accomplished rider. But I rarely ride in clinics or shows, and my students don’t show. A lot of riders in my area have no idea who I am. I’m kind of a loner. Yes, that needs to change. But…

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Getting Back Into Horses

Getting Back Into Horses

Remember when you had your first ever riding lesson as a kid? Or for you maybe it was dance class or sports. You were probably super nervous, but also really excited.  Your head swam with thoughts  like, “what if I fall off?” or “what if I can’t catch the ball?” It was only a little scary but before you knew it you were having a blast and your fears were forgotten. Fast forward to today. Have you started riding again?…

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Is Horseback Riding Safe?

Is Horseback Riding Safe?

“You’ll keep her safe right?” pleads the mother of a young student getting ready to ride for the first time. “I’ll do my best,” I reply. Of course I’ll do my best. I’m not in the business of getting kids hurt. But is horseback riding safe? No. Horseback riding is not safe. Riding in a car is not safe. Walking to school is not safe. Playing football is not safe. Heck, even eating isn’t safe. You could choke you know!…

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The Benefits of Riding Horses

The Benefits of Riding Horses

Horses are Therapeutic There’s a t-shirt that says “My Therapist Lives in a Barn.” This is true for me, and I think it’s suggestive of one of the many benefits of riding horses, or even just being around them. And there are many. So if you’re reading this and you’re hoping to convince your parents, spouse, or anyone else that riding horses would be a good thing for you, keep on reading. Because I’m going to give you lots of…

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