We all want success and we want it now. We've been taught to "reach for the stars" and set big goals. As a result, sometimes we expect so much of ourselves and our horses that we are rarely happy with our results.
If you've ever said (even to yourself),
"I should be better than this!"
Then you end up feeling like a failure because that "I should be" is really a disguise for that self-defeating old mantra that whispers quietly "I'm not good…Continue
“Give and Take”
Forty seven years ago when I first read Vladimir Littauer’s “Common Sense Horsemanship” I was first introduced to the mysteries of effective contact. All of my previous riding, four years of trail riding in Chile and Uruguay, had been done on loose reins, and contact was a deep, deep mystery to me. I tried to learn all I could from books since I could not ride much until I got my first horse 5 years later. Then, since I could not afford good lessons, it was…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on September 11, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments
Love this new blog post by expert Confidence + Money Breakthrough Coach, Cathy Rivers of Big Horse Dreams, Inc.!
Also, I was asked the question not long ago: Do I think that your success and confidence as an equestrian is connected to your relationship with money?…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on August 1, 2012 at 4:36pm — No Comments
Hi all! This is a GIFT invitation for 4 Free Discovery Sessions offered by Cathy Rivers, a.k.a. The Confident Equestrian Coach. I'm posting this because an "equestrian" lifestyle can be costly and having a successful relationship with money is key! We all know that!
Here's the info:
Offered by Cathy Rivers of Big Horse Dreams, Inc.…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on July 5, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments
Check-out Cathy Rivers newest blog post! Often over-looked horsemanship lesson! Great info!
Cathy Rivers, www.bighorsedreams.com
June 19th 2012
At some point in your horse ownership life there will come a time when you won’t be able to make it home to feed the horses. Are you prepared? What if you can’t do feeding and chores for 2 weeks or more? Are you prepared? What if you are at the Emergency Room and…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on June 19, 2012 at 4:16pm — No Comments
Love! that Cathy Rivers is now offering that following:
Horses know exactly who you are. That’s a fact. So wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly who they are? Especially if you’re equestrian genre is competitive dressage? How about resolving – once and for all – the frustrating challenges in your horse’s training, as well as in your own, that’s keeping you both from the winner’s marks.
Cathy Rivers, holistic horse therapist, accomplished dressage…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on June 15, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments
Had the opportunity to experience the process of Inner Nature Design...amazing...Cathy (Rivers) did my design....she's now offering the process to the equine community! It was definitely the missing piece for me...so I want to share and re-post this from her blog! Also, she's doing a free 30-minute Discover Session if anyone's interested...it's so worth it!
Added by Sarah Redfield on May 22, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Olympia, Washington, May 4, 2012 -- Everyone knows that confidence and success come hand-in-hand. So whether you need a little boost or a lot of building, nationally known equestrian confidence coach Cathy Rivers, as part of her Big Horse Dreams, The Confident Equestrian Program, has designed a new e-Workbook that provides a proven learning progression for mastering confidence skills in order to improve your training, riding, competing, communication and overall enjoyment…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on May 4, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I didn’t start out doing Natural Horsemanship. I started out before that phrase was invented. Like a lot of us, I used voice commands while lunging and required good ground manners. I did the rest from my saddle; riding was my thing.
Horses are my life. As a person who is deeply involved in all aspects of the horse on a daily basis, I strive for a connection with each of them and work at understanding and communicating in a way that is fair, humane and encourages trust and connection. This stuff doesn't happen overnight (necessarily) - it…Continue
Added by Horse Play on December 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Once you decide to ride horses, you put into place a domino effect of consequences, which will occur whether you are conscious of them or not. It is like a rule of nature – the results are the results regardless of your intentions, desires and motivations.
And so you proceed to put your weight on horse’s back, asking him to move in tandem with your (sometimes uncoordinated) instructions, changing the weight distribution on his back and legs and (quite) possibly…Continue
Added by Kathy on October 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Ever since I started reading books on riding I have been trying to puzzle out what the horsemen actually MEANT. When I got my first horse I had the comforting illusion that I knew at least a little bit about riding (I had 4 years of trail riding as a young kid). My first horse, a 5 year old just gelded green broke Anglo-Arab gelding quickly taught me that I did not know much at all. Fortunately a few months after I got him I ran into and quickly adopted the…Continue
I fell in love with horses all over again this week. Yes, it was a pretty short fall and yes, it does happen every week. And no, it never gets old. Does my enthusiasm make me seem less professional?
It has been also been one of those weeks when most of my clients are having challenges with their horses. Some of the challenges are old ones and some are brand new but regardless of origin or cause- a challenge is an opportunity by another name.…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on October 7, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments
I share my paddock with 4 other horses: two are Friesians (Wilby and Charlee), one is a Welsh pony (Bella), and the fourth is a Standardbred (Sunny). When it’s time to go inside for the night (and, of course, dinner!) Wilby gets to go first if he wants to. He’s the boss. Sometimes he chooses not to exercise this right, and lets me, Charlee, and on occasion even the pony, go ahead of him. Sometimes he hangs back like we’re allowed to go ahead of him, and then…Continue
The Running Horse
A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play…
Added by Horse Play on August 3, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments
Hot, humid, bad air quality, smog. Yep, that says it all about the weather in the summertime in the sunny, sunny South. At least WE are used to this type of weather, I feel so, so sorry for you people further North who are discovering what people living in the South have known all along. Summers can be as brutal as winters.
Last week both mares told me that I was not…Continue
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