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Collect Your Thoughts (And Your Horse’s Too)

One of the things I struggle the most with is the ability to collect my thoughts while riding. At least quickly enough to make a difference in the situation. So I decided to challenge myself. Last weekend I got on a horse that makes me nervous. Voluntarily got on I…

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When Is It Time to Stop Showing

After Bubba and I’s last schooling show, I cancelled the rest of our season. This was an immensely difficult decision for me because I’m inherently competitive. I love to win. I love to succeed and, to be frank, do better than other people. So why did I decide to stop showing…

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10,000 Hours of Riding

I had a mind bubble burst last week while enmeshed in a fit of frustration. I was failing spectacularly at leg yielding consistently because I couldn’t coordinate my aides. Plus, Bubba and I had just finished being spectacularly picked apart at our last show and I was being less than…

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Riding Into a Rut: 5 Tips To Avoid Frustration

The danger of frustration in riding is most easily seen in riders, but what about our horses.  I know when I feel like I’m riding into a rut and I can take steps to get myself out of it. Recognizing the same feelings in our partners is a little trickier.…

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