How do you get your young, enthusiastic event horse to win at the upper levels? By losing at the lower levels. The key is helping your hasty hare to think like a thoughtful tortoise. “Never...» Read More!
I’m sore. I’m mad. I’m embarrassed. In the sport of the eventing I know there are highs and lows. Although I guess it did not expect to hit a low (or the ground) at a...» Read More!
How do I fix a problem horse? Don’t be dictator. Be a cheerleader! “My horse keeps refusing jumps. In fact now he won’t even go over a pole on the ground.” What do you do...» Read More!
They say that is eventing is the horse sport for the criminally insane. While it is true that we gallop a 1,200 pound animal, with poor depth-perception, at solid objects in hopes that they jump...» Read More!
So often when riders want to get into eventing they do so because they see how exciting it is. They watched the top riders gallop around a four-star course on TV or at Rolex. “I...» Read More!
I need a day off and like, 20 million dollars. How do I practice eventing without having access to hundreds of thousands of dollars of cross country jumps? Creativity and hard work. Unfortunately, I’m not...» Read More!
Your adrenaline-fueled cross country round is complete, show jumping is over, you’ve packed your trailer in a sleepy haze and are headed home. How long will the Horse Show High last? Not long. Then it’s...» Read More!
As Macklemore says: “a little bit of humble, a little bit of cautious.” Quoting rap lyrics for a reason. Stay humble. If you know everything already, go home. Don’t take the lesson. Don’t ride in...» Read More!
“Jump the middle one and kick, kick, kick!” I yelled, gasping for air as I ran alongside my student on her cross country course. I was beet red, lungs burning, thinking to myself, why did...» Read More!
Riding a horse is like breaking into a safe. Just “Listen for the clicks.” “How do I get him in a frame?” “How do I get him balanced?” “How do you know what a horse...» Read More!
Everything I need to know about self carriage and jumping I learned in college. Well … not really. But every week riders struggle with releasing their horse over a fence. They are worried that he’s...» Read More!
Fear breeds fear. Confidence builds confidence. All too often I see a combination of a fearful horse and a fearful rider. Why? Why is this such a common occurrence?...» Read More!