Breakthroughs With Bella

Yesterday I finally had some time to play with both girls. Between being busy with the farm and the weather, our sessions have been sporadic the past few weeks. We all enjoyed getting back to the arena and had a lovely time. Afterwards, we set up the trailer to...

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...

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...

Feeding the Flames

Over the course of my life I have had the chance to meet, work with, care for, and love so many different horses. Recently, I have been working with many new and wonderful horses and it has been a huge opportunity for growth. Being around all of these new...

The Bottom Line

Estella showed me such a powerful lesson last night, although it wasn’t the one I was looking for. It will never cease to amaze me how she always knows the difference between what I need and what I want. It’s so easy for me to think that I know...

Just Let It Be

I’ve done a lot of growing this year (spiritually, but I wish physically, too) and one thing I am finally starting to understand is that you don’t have to force it. And my it, I mean anything. I’m sure we have all heard this: And it’s absolutely true. If...

Expanding Trust

I learned so much in Poland and my life has changed so profoundly since then, I have wanted to share all of the incredible things I have learned. But I have been so busy enjoying life that I haven’t made time to write about it. I am slightly overwhelmed...