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Natural in the Normal World

Sometimes it’s really hard.  It’s hard to watch horses being smacked and jerked around, being pulled in the mouth.  It’s hard to witness their emotional confusion, stress and pain. It’s hard not to blame the human, to refrain from saying “they are wrong!” But...

Poop – Examining the Little Things in Life.

Okay, so I couldn’t help wanting to write about this… and if you are wondering about whether you should read this or not, be warned by the word in the title:  POOP! I was just outside with our puppy, Moxie, (took her out to pee and poop) and I got really excited to...

Love Your Problems

I’m here at WEG, and West Point is my horse-buddy for the sixteen days.  Remmer and Allure are here at WinStar farm enjoying a nice vacation in a lovely pasture. For the first days Westy was really worried about the environment.  All that emotional baggage from his...

Provocative vs Progressive

Pat and I were having an interesting conversation last night.  As usual, we were talking about our day and how our horses did, and I was talking to him about finally learning how to be provocative enough for my Trakehner, Allure. It’s taken me a long time to get here...

Problems & Progress

As I was visiting the Finesse class recently, I was asked a question that lead me to explain how I approach training my horses each day.  Either I’m making progress or I’m fixing problems.  You can’t do both at the same time… much as you’d like to think you can, it...

Things Change

Things Change

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll know that on October twenty-ninth Remmer had a freak accident.  He severed his superficial flexor tendon and about eighty percent of his deep digital flexor tendon.  In less than a moment our future together changed because of the...

A Fine Line …between provocative and boring!

A Fine Line …between provocative and boring!

Do you ever think about this?  I do all the time – well, I really only think about it once I cross the line!  Up until then I think I’m doing fine. But seriously, this is the quest of all great horsemen… to figure out that balance.  Actually, it’s to figure out how...

Personal Growth Is Rarely Convenient

Personal Growth Is Rarely Convenient

As my great mentor, Glynn Braddy, often used to say to us: “Personal growth is rarely comfortable or convenient.”  What a wonderful thing to remember when you’re feeling the growing pains as you try to improve yourself through horsemanship! One time a student asked...

Ohio Blog

Ohio Blog

Peeling back the onion layers Although this was a while ago (gosh time flies!) I remember it as clear as day.  Of all the students applying for a lesson with me, Fran and her horse Crest were successful.  I had already discussed issues she’d had with him over the last...

Let ‘em know!

Let ‘em know!

This is a short one. You know my dogs – Vinny (LBE) and Moxie (RBE)… well, as I’m sitting here writing bunches of stuff, something interesting happened. Being about fifteen weeks old, Moxie is teething like crazy and when she plays with us those little points are...

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