It’s not often that one is grateful to have a nightmare, but that Sunday morning, my nightmare saved me. I don’t remember exactly what it was about; all I know is I awoke mid-wail. My crying startled me awake so abruptly that I sat up just like out of a scene in a movie. It … Continue reading Finding Our Way
Before You Judge
Life is hard enough. Dressage is even harder. And no matter what you think, YOU DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY.
The thing about goals in the horse world…
"A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve. People endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines". -Wikipedia The equestrian version of a goal: an idea of the future or desired result that a person … Continue reading The thing about goals in the horse world…
A Break for the Young Horses
I've decided to give the youngsters a break from work before the busy season hits here in November
A Letter to my Former Trainer
So, regarding your advice to give up training and work at a desk- Thanks, but no thanks.
Going Solo: My Gamble in the Jumper Ring
I've struggled with confidence in the jumper ring. I make mistakes that I KNOW I shouldn't be making and I kick myself for doing so. The fact that making those mistakes had become a subconscious ritual for me, was making me a bad rider.
When It’s Time to Move On
So I sold my best friend...
Raising the Client-Trainer Standard
I have often said that choosing and keeping the right trainer is like dating. When you first start riding, you probably pick the first one you find, not knowing what to look for. As you start to learn a little more about the sport, you begin to broaden your horizons. It may be that your … Continue reading Raising the Client-Trainer Standard
The Faith to Win
I didn't get there by mistake. It's good to improve a little with every ride, but what was I thinking trying to look like Edward Gal and Totalis overnight when I got there looking like Melissa Wanstreet and Petite Belle?
Ignore the Neigh-sayers
Looking back, I realize how I only delayed my own progress by listening to the voices in my head that told me "I can't."