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
Added by Anne Gage on November 27, 2013 at 12:30pm —
In the last blog post I introduced you to Alex and her lovely three year old filly, Kalipso. Within days of starting Kali under saddle, Alex was out riding safely on the trail. If your baby has a good start they can be safely and successfully introduced to the wonders of the world early on.
Last week I… Continue
Added by Heather Nelson on November 15, 2013 at 11:30pm —
You’d think that the first snow/death-to-flies celebration would cheer me up. But no, days are shorter now and I’m haunted by summers end. Come to think of it, there isn’t much autumn left either. It’s the fall-back time change next week, that will mean night…
Added by Anna Blake on October 25, 2013 at 7:50am —
What do you think when you see this photo?
Do you notice that sweet S-curve in his tail? It’s the sure sign of a relaxed back on a forward, soft horse. This walk speaks volumes about his rider, too. What a lovely sight.…
Added by Anna Blake on October 18, 2013 at 8:35am —
Out on the trail, bushwhacking through woods too thick to walk through on foot, we come across a fallen tree, branches everywhere, and pine trees on the other side. Vinnie is behind us, following. I ask Oakley to approach so I can see if there is a way around. While I'm looking around, he keeps walking up to the tree, looks down at the trunk as if to say "oh, this up to my chest. I can't step over this... I'll have to jump..." and… Continue
Added by B. G. Hearns on October 9, 2012 at 5:31pm —
By Tom Gumbrecht
I have, it seems, been blessed with a love for all horses. Some, however, have at times been difficult to get along with. For me, Bella had fallen into that category. Like many strained relationships, it was born of a lack of communication.… Continue
Added by Tom Gumbrecht on September 1, 2012 at 9:38pm —
Oakley had a light July.
We aren't going anywhere for August, and probably not in Septermber, either.
We are going to concentrate on basic dressage work and jumping skills over low jumps.
First, because he got kicked good and hard by a mare who wears… Continue
Added by B. G. Hearns on August 1, 2012 at 5:00pm —
Amazing Breeze is a sweet 3 year old mare who has never been raced. She is a lovely, quiet mare that will be suitable for any discipline. Breeze currently stands at 15.3hh and has been working well under saddle.…
Added by Adena Springs Retirement Program on July 21, 2012 at 10:39am —
King Rush is a handsome 16.3hh bay gelding. He had a year off from work where he lived his life grazing in a large field. King is now currently back in work under saddle and is becoming stronger by the day. He is ridden at walk, trot and canter with ease. Would be suitable as a hack/pleasure horse.…
Added by Adena Springs Retirement Program on July 21, 2012 at 10:28am —
I’m going to be blunt about sports bras- not trying to offend anyone, (or exclude either of my male readers.) If you work with horses, or dogs for that matter, you should probably be wearing one. The good news is that they have… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on July 20, 2012 at 8:15am —
It starts pretty much the same way for most of us:
One day we see a horse. He’s beautiful and free, with an improbable balance of pride and humility. He seems comfortable with his perfection. Most people can just go on about their business…
Added by Anna Blake on June 15, 2012 at 8:45am —
Gypsy Eyes is a sound eleven year old chestnut TB mare standing approx 16.1hh. Gypsy was found discarded by her previous owner after having a couple of foals and rescued by Adena Springs Retirement Program this past fall (she is no longer suitable for breeding). She her rescue Gypsy has been in training with the program and has been going under tack walk, trot and canter. She is a kind, friendly and loving mare who deserves a… Continue
Added by Adena Springs Retirement Program on June 7, 2012 at 5:21pm —
It goes without saying that Duke Ellington is right, about most everything. And even horses agree.
But I get ahead of myself. This is how it starts: you’re riding, moving in unison with your horse. You’re fluid, and free-… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on June 1, 2012 at 8:41am —
So, after a couple of days off, Oakley had a good session, did some light longeing, good flatwork, and it was a very pleaseant June evening...except it's March, where it didn't belong, but overall a good day’s ride. At the end of an hour, Oakley was sweating in the unseasonable heat, so I decided a good end would be a walk up the trail: not muddy, but not baked hard, either. A pleasant evening twenty-minute cool-down walk up the hill.
Oakley started playing scared -- his… Continue
Added by B. G. Hearns on March 25, 2012 at 10:57am —
Riding can be tough on your body and great for your physique. Staying strong will help you to ride better and improving your general health and fitness will ultimately improve your love of the sport. Making sure you get enough sleep and are well nourished is the first step to good health and the complimentary benefits on your chosen sport. Your horse will be in peak condition, so why shouldn’t you be too?
An exercise routine which incorporates a variety of approaches is… Continue
Added by Ann N. on March 20, 2012 at 9:23am —
“You know what your problem is? You’re too sensitive.” Ouch. Have you heard this? It feels like being accused of throwing like a girl.
It’s dismissive. This definition of sensitive means I’m not dependable, that I’m an emotional liability. When I was younger, hearing this would make me defensive. My mind ran like a rat on a wheel, I choked on my tongue and my heart rate jumped. I appeared… well… too sensitive.…
Added by Anna Blake on February 24, 2012 at 8:33am —
I wrote a blog recently about some of the "rules" that horses teach us. These are meant to be funny, in a true way. I decided to update it with a new blog featuring more "rules" Taylor has taught me. I know every horse is different and may have their own "rules" you have to follow. I would love to hear yours so please post some in the comments section! :)
Rules Horses Teach Us (According to Taylor):
- If you are my owner and bring me treats (as you should always do), they…
Added by Jennifer L. on January 23, 2012 at 12:48pm —
Thanks to Natalie Keller Reinert and her wonderful blog Retired Racehorse I stumbled upon these wonderful saddle pads! You can proudly display your horse is an OTTB every time you ride! I ordered the white one and can't wait to get it! I am hoping that they do other colors and keep adding to the collection. They also will donate $5 to an OTTB charity. Be sure to check them out!… Continue
Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:57pm —
I hope everyone had a wonderful and merry Christmas! Taylor definitely was a good boy as Santa left him a stocking full of treats and not coal! (I guess he forgave the couple of times he's tried to kick me recently-ha!). I have spent a lot of time bonding with Taylor...a LOT. Before I started his training, I spent my time grooming him and sitting with him. I still love it when we have the chance to just hang out together. With that said, he can read me. Somehow he just knows when I… Continue
Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:57pm —
I brought Taylor to his new home at the end of June. I am boarding him at a stable that has rolling hills, a nearby lake, and a pasture in a valley. It's a beautiful place!
Let's just say Taylor was not impressed in the beginning. In fact, he was mad at me. This summer has been brutally hot, and Taylor is not one that really enjoys the heat. He is the horse you will always find in the shade, if he can find a patch. Unfortunately, his transition pen at his new home didn't have… Continue
Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:56pm —