My mare Jewel is 20 this year. That is hard to believe. And for the first time this spring, she really showed her age coming out of the winter. She wasn’t thin, but she really lost her topline. While you could never see ribs, her loin muscles definitely vanished. Sigh. It is hard to admit… Continue reading Building the Topline
So…you have just picked up your first off-the track Thoroughbred (OTTB). What you do first really depends upon the horse. If he just came from the race track or a training facility, chances are he will need to go through a let down process. The “let down” process is akin to a detox. In… Continue reading Fresh From the Track: Ground Work
Ok, so the new year was a while ago. Heck, its actually daylight savings today, which means we’ve been in this new year for a while now. But that’s ok. I am excited (to the point of being a bit sick to my stomach about it) to officially say that I really want to earn… Continue reading New Year. New Goals.
I’ve had my horse for nearly 12 years. Its one of the longest relationships of my life. I’m so excited about where we are compared to where we were just a year ago. But in looking further back, I’ve been here before…right on the edge of (in this case) being a *real* dressage horse (schooling… Continue reading What a Journey
After a few frustrating sessions where I didn’t feel like we were making the forward progress that I know Deb is capable of, I decided to do some long-lining with her. She understands the forward concept for lunging (and has figured out she actually can canter in the indoor arena). But she struggles with having… Continue reading Long Lining Breathroughs
So imagine you’ve lived your entire life pretty much on your own terms. You’ve figured out that saying no, throwing a little tantrum, and acting like a bully resulted in people generally not asking you to do anything — and in addition, you got to live a great life of leisure and didn’t have to… Continue reading Obstinate Mare
In August, I had the opportunity to ride with Jim Armstrong at Sky View Ranch near Martinsville, IN. Jim is a Grand Prix dressage trainer and competitor and I had heard very good reviews about him from some of my photography clients. I’ve been a little busy since then, but I wanted to share some… Continue reading Jim Armstrong Dressage Clinic