Winter is often the “off-season” for most horses and horse people. For me, it’s the “off-the-field season,” but in many ways, it’s my “on season” for a lot of the work I do. I’m always quite busy hosting online classes every other week, but that’s only part of it. Much of my work goes on […]
15 years ago today, I was skiing in Vermont on Killington Mountain. Known as “The Beast of the East”, Killington is one of New England’s largest ski areas (insert heckling comments of Western U.S. and European skiers here.) I had a little fall. It was no big deal really, I just face-planted after a bump. […]
The Day I Learned About the Outside Rein. As a young horse trainer, I was aware of this concept called “the outside rein.” But my understanding was entirely conceptual. Sure, I had an outside rein, we all have an outside rein. The rein that is opposite of the way you’re turning, simple. But my tools […]
This picture showed up on my timeline today. It’s from 7 years ago when I had a retail store for all things carriage driving. Honestly, there are more things that I don’t miss about the retail store than I miss. In concept, it was a great idea. Actually, the seeds of the store had started […]
If you spend enough time around me, you’re going to find out about the eight-pound cat rule. It’s an important rule to remember, and it will help you explain things to your horse much better, so pay attention. I’ll start by telling you what brings the Eight Pound Cat rule to my mind today. Right […]
Here’s a rare experience for me; Sitting down on a Sunday morning with coffee doing some reading. It’s rare because Sundays are not usually my low activity days for me. During the year I’m usually pretty engaged in some activity on weekend days. Sunday mornings usually involve getting up a little earlier in the morning […]
The more they stay the same! I was asked an interesting question this morning about my upcoming class on driving cones. “Will the content be applicable to both lower and upper levels?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” The strategies for driving cones don’t change from one level to the next. Sure, the times and clearances […]
You can get a lot out of one lesson, but when you combine that with followup lessons the rewards are exponential. Read how quickly the benefits add up.
Driving horses takes a tremendous amount of focus and attention. Well, going for a carriage ride doesn’t take much. Almost anyone can get into a carriage with a half-way trained horse and master left, right, stop and go. But really driving horses well, beyond just getting around takes focus, attention, thought, foresight, and coordination. If […]
Repetition alone isn’t the key to learning. We’ve all stood somewhere near a ring with a riding instructor yelling “Heels down! Head up!” over and over again until their voice goes hoarse. If yelling those two commands didn’t work the first 16 times, why would they work the following 30 times?
These days we’re hearing an awful lot about “fact checking”. People love to say stuff because it sounds good at the moment. How often do we see this within our own horse community? The fact of the matter is (pardon the play on words), sometimes something sounds really right when there just are not facts […]