Fix Me

I work for a fantastic company that happens to revolve around the horse world. Very recently I was told I was hired over the other candidates because I am a business person who happens to be horsey. The others ...

Let it Go

The last few weeks have been interesting for me, to say the least. I visited my family in Houston to celebrate Christmas for the fifth (FIFTH!!) time in 2016. We rang in the new year with kisses, champagne and ...

Mantras

In general, I live my life under two simple mantras: 1. Progress not perfection and 2. Listen and be kind. I don't always follow my own advice, of course. I'm not perfect, and bad days are just as likely to mak...

Getting There

I recently realized that I'd been at my barn for a full year starting from May 7th, this past Friday. I can't believe I'm not further in my riding, and I'm shocked how far I have to go to get where I want to be...

Perfect Your EQ

Why Equitation is an essential skill for all riders, regardless of discipline ... When people think equitation, they often think of flat work. The dictionary defines equitation as the study and practice of...

Watching & Learning – Clinic with Peter Gisborn

Riders often speak of clinics in the same revered tones as they speak of the Grande Prix. I only became completely aware of the aura that surrounds clinics when I asked a young barn mate if she was attending. ...

HoofNotes 2.6 | Surviving Winter

We're back with our second top voted topic in our Twitter poll asking you what HoofNote topic you would like to see. So here it is, the second top voted topic - Winter survival! Volume 2, No. 6 focuses on quick...

HoofNotes 2.5 | Essential Foundations

We asked you on Twitter what you'd like to see in the next HoofNotes issue, and we heard what you had to say! Here's the first of the two top voted tips sheets you asked for -- Volume 2, No. 5 focuses on quick ...

Bounce

I can't ever remember a time when I thought something with riding was too hard. There have been times when I haven't really gotten a concept or been able to accurately accomplish a maneuver, of course. There ha...

No Stirrups November [Survival Guide]

November may be half over, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop thinking about good old no stirrups November. Whether your a long time participant in this, occasionally painful, annual tradition or consideri...

Getting Good

It's always difficult to define "good." I'm not talking about the whole "good vs. evil" concept; although that often also seems to be more of a grey area than not. When I say "good" what I mean is someone or so...

Waiting for Inspiration

Owning a horse isn’t something to be taken on lightly. I want to get that little disclaimer out of the way first. I’ve seen far too many terrible stories in the news lately regarding horse owners who by intent ...