finding the right balance

I’ve gone through a slew of saddles in the past few years, and my amazement never ceases each time I have a breakthrough in my riding that has nothing to do with my riding or how much I practice, but with a simple change in equipment.  I’ve already written up about upgrade to a Hennig […]

RH Spring – Spoiler: two clean xc rounds!

Well… this time around showing both boys, I had over an hour between dressage rides, which was AWESOME! Forrest’s score went down about 5 points from last time to a 39.8.  He still “leapt” into the canter, which the judge knocked me for, but I’m glad she didn’t see how bad it used to be, […]

pressure

A little over a year ago,  a friend “loaned” me her Grand Prix stallion for one show – so I could attempt to get a score at PSG for my Silver.  The friend, Gigha Steinman, deemed it “PSG Bootcamp.” “He’ll have to stay here,” she added when she pitched the idea.  “And, you’ll only be […]

the right tack

It’s both frustrating and enlightening how big a difference a saddle can make in the way your horse goes.  The first dressage saddle I bought was a PA Spirig, and well, it served the purpose even if it did put me in a horrible chair seat.  One saddle-fitter said it fit Monte ok, the other […]

A Rant on Mares – a good one

You can’t judge a good book by its cover. The same goes for horses, especially when considering gender. A woman e-mailed me the other day about two mares I have for sale. “I’m an advanced beginner and want something to build my confidence,” she wrote. “Would either of these horses work for me?” Either would […]

The Right Track

I live on a farm in central Florida, an hour to an hour-and-a-half from Ocala, which means I haul to a lesson or competition, then immediately come home. I don’t rub elbows with a lot of other trainers, and I consider myself a minnow when referring to small fish. I ride primarily alone, lesson infrequently […]

Rocking Horse Winter II Recap/Hindsight

Rocking Horse II has come and gone, as has the prospect of my hopeful training horse thanks to the owner’s truck breaking down.  I did manage to pay my entry fee, but God forbid I ever actually get ahead! The two horses I had going both competed at Novice: Forrest aka Alloy in Novice Horse […]