How Mindful We Are – NOT

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |

It was possible, I thought, that such distractedness arose from some evolutionary necessity. But I could not figure out how such fractured focus would have served us in the wild. In any case, it never fails amazing me how often during a 20-meter circle we riders drift off purpose. It seems like a small, clear task [...]

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 [...]

What Did You Call My Horse?

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

Our barn visitor offered her comments good-naturedly, but still I bristled. She had chuckled at one or another of Corazon’s antics and then called him a male diva. A what? I didn’t share her chuckle, puzzled as I was that anyone could see this leggy Andalusian as anything but majestic and regal, maybe even brawny. Her [...]

When Broccoli Met Bacon

August 30th, 2018|Categories: Community, Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

It’s still so darn hot out, but after a long day’s work I often want something really savory and delicious. But not bad for me. Or just a little bad for me. If I’ve thought ahead, I’ve made the incredibly easy dressing in the morning so it can blend. Then when I get home from work [...]

Happy Campers Improve Their Eventing Skills

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Training|Tags: , , |

Written by Martha A. Woodham Tropical Storm Alberto arrived in Aiken, SC, about the same time the 20 participants in the USEA Area III Adult Riders Summer Camp did. But did the wind and the rain—heavy at times—deter this group? “Heck no. We’re eventers!” was the rallying cry. Olympian Kim Severson of Charlottesville, Va., was the [...]

Lil Wheat-Free, Lower-Carb Maple Doughnuts

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

For me, the hardest thing about eating lower carb is the lack of delicious bread. I grew up eating my mom’s fresh-baked bread right out of the oven, so hot the slices were messy and uneven and butter melted into it immediately. Nutty-tasting sesame seeds on the crust and pillowy softness inside. I ate a lot [...]

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part Four

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the final installment of Julia Fisher’s 2017 ride in the Mongol Derby. If you missed the previous 3 posts, you’ll want to read those first,  CLICK HERE. A year of preparation and Julia is disqualified on the first day of the 2017 Mongol Derby. Injured, Julia contemplates what happened and wonders 'why?'. Faced [...]

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part Three

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Events, Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome to Part 3 of Julia Fisher’s 2017 Mongol Derby race adventure, a 4 part series Julia has penned exclusively for WARHorses. You may wish to read Part 1 and Part 2 before proceeding. Julia has cross trained for a year, lost 50 pounds, put up the rather hefty entry fee and travelled half way [...]

Space for Improved Training

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

If my horse, Corazon, wore a Fitbit, or other daily activity tracker that have become popular devices for people aiming to more active lifestyles, I imagine this is how it might read: 200 steps chasing neighbor’s black cat around pasture; 50 prances along perimeter fence next to a mule deer; 150 relaxed ambles moving from one [...]

Proof That Age Is Just A Number – 66yo Rides the Mongol Derby, Part Two

July 10th, 2018|Categories: Features, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome to Part Two of Julia Fisher’s 2017 ride in the Mongol Derby. If you missed Part One, you’ll want to read that first – CLICK HERE. Julia has registered for the ride - 10 days to ride 1000 km across the Mongolian steppe. How in the world do you prepare for “the world’s most [...]