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...