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 [...]

Salad’s Bestest Buddy

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

Greens are so healthy, we should be eating them at every meal. Well, no. But if you’re like me and eat a lot of salad, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good greens habit with boredom. Just like an ice cream sundae, it’s all about the toppings, all the crunchy, tasty bits that bring the [...]

Gallop to Better Training

June 8th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |

Here we go galloping - gulp. I tried to work up the nerve to let the reins out another inch or two as we cantered around, but I was having a really hard time doing it. First of all, my horse might run off. Second, if I got lucky and she did not run off, she [...]

Our Horses Sometimes Send Us On Unexpected Paths

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |

Written by Alice MacGillivray, PhD. In my work world, managers often believe you can plan everything.  And if things don’t go as planned, then you didn’t do a good enough job planning.  Of course we know there are so many possibilities, it is usually impossible to plan anything in detail accurately.  That is certainly true in [...]

My Side of the Mountain

June 1st, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

I love a good salad, always have. I wonder how huge of a mountain my lifetime of salads would make. Or at least I did love salad. But then along came the romaine scare, and then finding out that canola oil messes up your omega 3/omega 6 balance (and canola is in every salad dressing). So [...]

Asparagus, You Look Great. Have You Been Working Out?

April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

Remember when you couldn’t get brussels sprouts everywhere? Back in the olden days, when they might appear in a cafeteria, probably hospital, boiled or smothered with cheese sauce as a tip of the hat that they tasted awful. Then not too long ago, brussels made the acquaintance of the deep fryer and the Granny Smith apple [...]

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 [...]

The Sandwich Lope

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , |

When Western Dressage first established itself, we instructors struggled to describe the requirements of a “working lope” clearly enough for students. We wanted to be sure to differentiate it from the stilted gaits seen in the Western Pleasure discipline, and yet it was also not the animated jumping-across-the-ground canter of the traditional dressage world. It should [...]

My Friend Fennel

March 21st, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

For a long time I wanted to buy fresh fennel at the store because it looked so nice and smelled so good. But heck, I didn’t know what to do with it. Then one day awhile back I was gazing dumbly at a beautiful, haphazard fennel pile at the farmer’s market and my mouth started watering [...]

If Life Hands You Lemons, Make Greek Feta Lemon Chicken Soup

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

By Loraine Fick When you think hearty, delicious simmering soup, you don’t usually think “this will ready in barely more time than it takes to microwave a burrito!” But this savory soup can be assembled and cooked so quickly you can whip it up any night of the week. The trick is slow-cooking the chicken while [...]