Taking a New Direction

Over the weekend, I received horrible news. Raven needs to be retired from show jumping. I knew this was coming. My horse has a significant pigeon toe (her hooves are turned in) and I've always known her performance days were numbered. She was always on-again, off-again lame. If I had a penny for every show … Continue reading Taking a New Direction

It’s Simple.

Whenever I have a lesson, it always goes the same. I start by warming up. Raven always feels good, with some room for improvement, but that's what a lesson is for, right? We start warming up over jumps and it's easy to see that we only jump once a week. We're slow to remember everything we … Continue reading It’s Simple.

Why I Ride

I don't ride my horse to be perfect at something. I ride because it's who I am. I was 6 years old when I decided that horses must be in my life. I had my mom, my dad, my teachers (basically a lot of people) tell me that I couldn't do it or that I couldn't afford … Continue reading Why I Ride

Time for some spring cleaning…of bad habits

It's that time of year again. The weather is better, horses can stretch their legs, you aren't in the mud all the time. It's also when your horse's energy is sky high and their ground manners could probably use a good brushing up. I wrote a post similar to this (here's the link), but let's review the basics so … Continue reading Time for some spring cleaning…of bad habits

Interested in 3-Day Eventing?

    Oh my, where to start. This sport has so much to talk about! Eventing is not for the faint of heart. While eventing is ridiculously fun, it is also takes a ton of discipline and learning. I miss it, and after you're done reading this post, you'll understand why everyone is addicted to it as … Continue reading Interested in 3-Day Eventing?

Thanksgiving

Hi, all! So I've been gone awhile....sorry! Grad school is kicking my butt. Not gonna lie I have been so busy and today I totally forgot to shower and I didn't realize that until just now. But anyways, on to what I actually wanted to say. I tried something new and hopped on the Western … Continue reading Thanksgiving

Senior Pictures with Horses: How-To

I recently graduated from college and....ohmygosh I'm an alum!! So weird to think about, but I'm so happy I now have a bachelors. Even though I will no longer be in college, I still will post tips and college experiences, because well, because college is really damn hard. Since I just finished a huge task, … Continue reading Senior Pictures with Horses: How-To

In Response…

Recently, Eventing Nation posted an article titled, 'Is This Sport Safe Enough? Breaking Down the Latest Eventing Statistics.' I believe that this article is very appropriate for all riders to read, whether eventers or not. The eventing world has seen some hard times in the past couple of months as multiple riders (and horses) have … Continue reading In Response…

Combatting Stall Rest

We've all been there. When your vet mutters the dreadful words that your prime competition horse is lame and needs time off, a little piece of soul dies. Recently, Raven somehow hurt herself and needed a couple of months off. This wasn't our first rodeo, so I came up with a couple tips I've learned … Continue reading Combatting Stall Rest

Body Language Series: Expressions

Last post was specific to one idea about body language, but this one kind of covers everything else. Once you become familiar with these face and body expressions, it is actually pretty easy to understand what an animal is saying. I am going to cover everything by body part. Ears - All animals have ears … Continue reading Body Language Series: Expressions