Saturday, April 16, 2011

Trail Riding and Dressage

In the years I've been riding, all the horses I've met have been happy to go out on trails, and less than enthusiastic about arena work. Ginger in particular hated dressage but would happily go on a 100 mile endurance ride in a heart beat, never mind her age and ailments. So naturally, I assumed that Sonny was the same way, and couldn't get him to go anywhere. So finally over the last few days I've given up on trying to get him to go out of the yard, and instead have started playing with contact and .... He LOVES it. I'm actually having fun riding him for the first time in a long time. Live and learn.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Review- Successful Water Crossing

Another GREAT presentation by Pat Parelli. Mainly focusing on water crossing, the ideas presented in this video will help with many problems encountered on the trail. Not only does Pat do a great solo presentation, but there is also a segment of him coaching students of varying levels across the stream. I found this last part to be the most instructive and encouraging. Also no longer available from the Parelli website, you can probably find it on Ebay.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Review- Riding With Fluidity

I love it. Linda gives a great talk on how to ride, and the lesson on teaching the horse to collect himself rather than forcing and bending the horse into the "correct" outline, is great. It's out of print but you might be able to find it on Ebay. Always inspiring. This presentation was what cued me in on the idea that Classical dressage might not be so different from true natural horse training as some think. More on this later.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I watched "The Miracle of the White Stallions" for the first time last night and was impressed and inspired. The horses performing in the movie, were in some cases, the actual horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, and were working in the movie under the direction of Podhajsky himself. I believe inspiration is very important. It's much easier to work hard and do a good job if you are inspired. Watching someone who knows what they're doing can also help serve as a little reminder that the goal you are trying to achieve is not hopeless.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Horse Whiskers

May I start off with a personal chip on the shoulder. Why do we shave off horse whiskers?? These whiskers serve a very important purpose for the horse. Horses can't see the area in front of their nose. Those whiskers help them sort through their feed and act as their feelers when interacting with their environment and other horses. So please do them a favor and leave them on. I can only compare the removal of a horse's whiskers with cutting off the feeling in your fingers.