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