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January 3, 2018

Holly had school horses and a succession of ponies to ride, but at age 12, she’d never had a special horse to call her own. However, her luck was soon to change

December 30, 2017

If we're being honest with ourselves, 2018 is likely to bring a lot more of the same. But that's OK. After all, our instructors say consistency is key, right?

December 29, 2017

In a classic case of nature versus nurture dressage trainer and international competitor, Jessico Jo (JJ) Tate, examines exactly what makes horses tick.

December 27, 2017

Eventually, I began to wonder what difference does it really make what we've put on paper? To the horse - if we own them, lease them, ride them regularly - it means nothing, or rather it's indistinguishable. They still share their lives with us for some period...

December 15, 2017

Santa, I've been good - kept my heels down, chin up, cleaned my tack with respectable regularity - so this year, I've got a few favors to ask.

December 15, 2017

Lendon Gray doesn't subscribe to the modern, "feel-good", philosophy that all participants should walk away from competition with a trophy. In fact, she strongly believes that learning to handle "failure" is an important step for riders, one tha...

December 12, 2017

According to Little, riding is as much a physical exercise as it is cognitive. "Try something out. Learning doesn’t end when you get out of the saddle."

December 4, 2017

If we occasionally get the urge to stay in and ignore the rest of the world, we care to bet that at times our horses feel the same way too. Chances are you are familiar with a variety of tactics that our horses use to tell us when they would really just rather not.

November 30, 2017

At first glance, 14 year old gelding, Bruce, is just your typical run-of-the-mill ranch horse. "He's basically an unregistered, mix-matched, mutt horse. He has no papers. When you look at him he looks like just your ordinary loping horse - big butt, short fro...

November 21, 2017

A few months ago I had a moment of weakness and threw myself an elaborate pity party. I'm not proud of it, but I can recognize it for what it was.

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