Equestrian 101: What is Natural Horsemanship?

Jul 21, 2015 No Comments by

Natural horsemanship is a method of horse training that emphasizes establishing a working relationship based on leadership, trust, and communicating person-to-horse the way horses communicate with each other. The goal is to elicit willing cooperation rather than forced compliance, counter to the traditional image of “cowboying” a horse and breaking its spirit. While various techniques have […]

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5 Things You Actually Need to Know About These Ariat Breeches

Jun 25, 2014 2 Comments by

Riding breeches, the one item of apparel with the ability to completely make or break a woman’s self-image in the (hopefully) few seconds it takes to wiggle into them. There’s just some weird correlation between knowing you look good in the saddle and riding a little straighter, more balanced, and with greater confidence. And they […]

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6 Confessions of a Post Partum Horseback Rider

Mar 28, 2014 6 Comments by

Just like no one really volunteers information about the crazy things that happen in a labor and delivery room, no one gave me the heads up on what it was really going to be like getting back in the saddle after having a baby. Two years, two pregnancies, and two deliveries later, I’m still learning […]

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New Horse on the Block (Lessons on Moving Barns)

Jan 23, 2014 3 Comments by

Being owned by a horse is an endless adventure, by which I really mean it’s an endless exercise in worrying, second guessing, and always wondering if you are doing the right thing. For Ace and I, the last several months brought about one of our biggest challenges yet: moving. Did you know that the average […]

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For-Profit Thoroughbred Retraining & Rehoming at Thoroughbred Makeover & Symposium

Sep 26, 2013 1 Comment

For the last two plus years I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Patricia Vos, owner of Tebogo Sport Horses in Delaplane, VA. She’s an awesome (and fun!) horsewoman with a great program for finding the very best off-track thoroughbreds, turning them into sport horses with competition experience, and finding them great new homes. […]

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Learn To “Reward The Try” When Teaching Your Horse New Skills

Sep 09, 2013 4 Comments

Imagine you are teaching your horse a new skill, say a turn on the haunches. How many of you would require your horse to take at least 4-5 crossing steps in a row before considering the session a success? The me of five years ago is sitting here raising her hand. But the problem with […]

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Parenting Lesson #2 Learned From My Horse: Google. Just Don’t Do It.

Mar 15, 2013 7 Comments

We all know better. We all do it anyway. Why is that when the slightest malady shows up in our kids – equine or human – the first thing we do is grab our smartphones to Google the symptoms right there in the barn aisle way? Let me save you some time; I’ll tell you […]

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