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Dressage Is a Mental Minefield

Dressage, or any other equestrian sport, has the potential to become a mental minefield that can completely cripple you both in and out of the arena. Last year it got the better of me.  I admit it.  I’m not ashamed of it.  I over thought everything and my performance suffered.…

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Journey to First- Level That Is

This weekend was special for the Sea Star team since it was the first time Bubba and I would be showing at First Level.  I had hoped that we would be able to try it last year but my struggles with anxiety and relaxation in the ring held us back at Introductory and…

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Deemer’s Birthday

Today is the middle child’s ninth birthday! Even though I’m pretty sure he hasn’t got a clue that today is any different than yesterday I still gave him extra oats last night and tried to go easy on him so he could enjoy a little extra time off today. I…

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dressage, journey, horse, show, western, ranch

My Dressage Journey

I picked out my riding instructor from a desire to learn how to be able to survive on a working cattle ranch: roping, riding, steering, staying on top of the horse, and other essential skills to surviving while surrounded by very large, herd bound, prey animals.  And also because she was the cheapest one I…

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