Throwback Thursday: College Essay

Who remembers fax machines? They were like paper email in that you got a print-out copy of whatever the other person was sending in real time, all via the phone line. Which came in handy when you needed a document (or wanted to share a joke) right away and couldn’t wait for the regular mail. In 1993 not everybody had access to the internet. I don’t think I even knew what it was. Continue reading

July 20-26

Well, it was a bad week for hooves.

Horse Cookies and ButeLast Sunday Mya (Dante’s stall neighbor and BFF) went lame, and her owner called the vet out. We noticed Dale the clydesdale was very lame at turnout time the night before, and his owner said to give him some bute since she couldn’t make it out to the barn. Well, there was no way he was going to let us give him his bute, at least not from the syringe thingy. But then Mya’s owner came up with this brilliant idea: sandwich the paste between horse cookies, creating Bute Oreos. Genius! Anyway, Sunday afternoon the vet looked at both horses and suspected abscesses. Continue reading

July 13-19

I didn’t get to ride every day this past week, and I may not have time to ride Monday morning, which sucks. But that’s next week’s business. This post is about last week. Continue reading

July 6 – 12

Skipper Cam October 2009Well, it was fairly busy week.

I spent a good deal of time on Sunday going through pictures and stuff on my old MacBook, and I found some “Skipper Cam” shots from back when he was still sound enough for me to pony around on. I posted them to Tumblr, along with some more old photos I’d forgotten about. This one is my favorite, from October of 2009. Continue reading

June 29 – July 5

I got my new half chaps! They arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to ride in them tomorrow morning. I’m tempted to ask around and see if anyone has a horse they want ridden today, just so I can use them. They are so soft and comfortable! I tried them on as soon as I got them, and they seem to fit just right.

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Do You Make This Timing Mistake When Riding Your Horse?

Timing is everything. Aids don’t have to be strong to be effective.

Horse Listening

Have you ever given your horse an aid and got nothing in return? 

Perhaps your horse simply didn’t respond? You did it again, and nothing resulted even the second time.

Perhaps your horse gave you an unwanted response – did he pin his ears, scramble forward or even throw out a little buck or kick?

Most of us would then repeat the aid, and expect the horse to “learn” the correct response, because after all, it is the horse that needs to understand what we are doing, and not the other way around! 

If you ever find yourself in a vicious cycle with the horse not improving and possibly deteriorating in response, there could be one other variable that you might not have considered – the TIMING of the aid.

The timing of the aid has to do with everything – time it wrong, and you might as well be doing nothing…

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