The Ugly Truth

There is this ugly truth with horses that we so often ignore or refuse to admit: horses are constantly giving us feedback on ourselves. Some people say that they are our mirrors, but I think feedback is a better term. Their behaviors might not always reflect what is going on inside...

Pushing the Boundaries

On New Year’s Day, Estella offered me a gift that I hadn’t seen before. We were just playing around and she started offering me trot-canter-trot transitions. Not just one or two, but a lots of them. This was pretty interesting to me for a few reasons: if you remember...

Exquisite Equine Apparel

I’ve been looking to add a few cute equestrian shirts to my wardrobe, but was disappointed to see it isn’t uncommon for a single shirt to cost $35-40 shipped. As a horse owner, that’s not in my budget and I know I’m not alone. With encouragement from friends, I...

2016 in Review

2016 seems to have been a rough year for a lot of people, especially those in the US. Personally, I have had a fantastic year that went beyond any of my wildest expectations or ideas. Although I haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked to this year,...

Waves

Within the past few months I have started Straightness Training and have been really enjoying it. I love the theory and the material and have been so, so excited to try it with Estella. Matt got us a beautiful cavesson for Christmas and I have been watching video after...

Living vs. Learning

A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I started Estella under-saddle myself, which I did. We talked about what a wonderful experience it was, but I couldn’t help but mention that if I could do it over, I would. Not that starting her was anything traumatic, but...