Focus on This and Your Riding Will Improve

November 17th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

Often riders rely on physical/core strength to ride. Yet, is more muscle really what is needed to ride effortlessly? Or rather, is it the coordination of the right amount of muscle that brings fluid, effective riding? Muscle memory is a commonly used term, but an odd term because muscles have no memory – they just do [...]

Ride and Breathe at the Same Time

September 11th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , , , |

There are many reasons for the breath to be free while riding. One is that you stay connected to your parasympathic nervous system – that is where calm lives – so not only will you stay in a good place emotionally, but your horse will sense this and stay calm too. Another is that breathing keeps [...]

Its All in Your Hips

June 28th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , , , |

If riding were easy it wouldn’t be an Olympic sport.  Two brains, two personalities, a million moving parts, and gravity – where do you begin to bring it all together so both horse and rider can enjoy balance and comfort? The answer is:  your hips. Apart from the fact that that is where your body meets [...]

What Did I Do Wrong?

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, I don’t understand what I did wrong. For many years I lived in a small barn in the backyard of a family with three little girls. They would come to the barn and brush me and braid flowers in my mane and kiss my nose. Sometimes they would climb on my back for a [...]

WARHorses Easy Guide to Choosing the Right Colors for You and Your Horse

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |

"I told you to get me a Hunter Green blanket!" When your horse disapproves of your color choice, you’ll know it. Choosing colors can be a conundrum--do I want the light blue or indigo pair of jeans? Does this red top go with these orange sandals? There is a great deal of pressure [...]

Determined Riders Mounting Dilemma

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Dear Appy I have a rather embarrassing question to ask. I love riding and have a terrific horse. She is under 15 hands, just the right height for me. But I can’t get on her. I mean, I CAN get on but it’s a struggle and I don’t do it “the right way”. The way I [...]

23 Reasons to Hate Rats

April 20th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management|Tags: , , |

I was going to write this post as a “guide” to rats in your horse barn--a few tips to help you determine if you have rats followed by useful suggestions on how to get rid of them. I realized after drafting a rather dry albeit informative piece that none of my carefully crafted points really meant [...]

You Can Improve Your Riding While NOT Riding

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , , |

When you have learned off your horse how your hips and mid-section coordinate you transfer this learning, this improvement, right into the saddle. Do you ever feel stiff and uncoordinated in your riding?  Maybe you know what you want your body to do, but you can’t get it to do it.  You may be told [...]

Exasperated Horse Owner

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Why does my horse poop in his water bucket EVERY NIGHT? Signed, Rubber Gloved Dear Rubber Gloved, Ugh. Why do geldings do anything? Move the bucket.  If it continues, put in a toilet and teach him to flush. Fondly, Appy

That New Horse

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, A new horse just moved into my barn. She’s ok, kind of keeps to herself. The problem is that the people put her in a stall directly across the aisle from me and she gets better grain than I do. I’m “on a diet” and already have a hard time choking down my tasteless [...]