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Writing about Riding

I find myself struggling with this blog lately. Not due to lack of material. We’ve got plenty going on at the barn lately. This week, we’ve gone out a couple of times after work. On Tuesday, I rode Buttercup and Brian rode Stormy. Yesterday, I rode Stormy. Brian worked with King and his owner. King?… Read more »

Already Teaching

My groundwork student, M, texted me midweek to let me know her horse was in the equine hospital. I asked her what she wanted to do about her lesson, saying she was welcome to use one of our horses instead of hers if she didn’t want to miss. She said what she would like most… Read more »

A New Student

Last week, we had a cold snap. Like, highs-in-the-single-digits style cold. While I’m way hardier than I used to be, I find temps that low hard to be comfortable in. Nevada says, “There’s ice in my forelock? Really?” Still, I had to go to the barn on Friday because I had a lesson to give.… Read more »

On a Borrowed Horse

A couple weeks ago, I had a really interesting opportunity. Back when we had both Oliver and Aiden for sale, a woman, M, came and looked at Aiden. She had gotten excited when she saw our photos because she recognized our gear and suspected we rode in the same style she does. She has an… Read more »

Writing the Letter ‘A’

I had a pretty interesting lesson with my student last week. J is making great progress lately. She’s clicking well with Laredo, and also she’s now been riding with me long enough that at least a percentage of what we do has become habitual. This means we’re able to leave some of the basics and… Read more »

Sick Week

It figures that just as the weather turns awesome I would catch a cold. I spent the week pretty much not functional. On Friday, I finally dragged myself out to the barn and rode Steen during Brian’s lesson. Which mostly means I sat there watching while Brian taught. Brian’s student, K, rode Oliver. We thought… Read more »

Steen in the Two-Rein

It’s been a little while since I rode Steen in the two-rein, and I feel like I’ve addressed a lot of the weaknesses riding in it last brought to light for me. On Tuesdays, I have my lessons with my student, J. She’s been riding with me for close to a year now, but we’ve… Read more »

Lots of Riding

Well, it’s been lots of riding for January, at least.  The less than ideal weather has been so less than ideal that I’ve gotten out a few extra times to check on everyone.  And when I’m out there, why not go for a short ride? I am also giving a lesson every Friday, so that… Read more »

Being Firm to Be Soft

The last month or so, Brian has been using Steen as a lesson horse. This is a little odd for me, because mostly I have not been around during his lessons. There is something distinctly strange about staying home while Brian heads off to the barn to hang out with someone else while that someone… Read more »