🐴When I look back over two decades of training horses, there are patterns I can see. One of the patterns I see is riding time vs training time. While they are closely related, for me there is a difference.   🌻❄️I live in an area with four seasons. I have an indoor arena that helps…

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<iframe style=”border: none” src=”//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/16462850/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/87d1ce/” height=”90″ width=”100%” scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe> How often do you take time to reflect on your journey with your horse? Here is a quote to guide this podcast, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” I have three distinct times of the year when…

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Here is Presto’s world show video entry. It isn’t very fancy in either lighting or in performance. But that’s the point. When the idea of ‘showing’ Presto came up…after the initial shock, I began looking at the tests I could choose from. In the WDAA, the ‘Basic’ level test 1 includes walk, jog and lope.…

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Horses make things seem possible. At least that’s true for me. If it’s true for you…check out this t-shirt design! A fan of the podcast designed it. It’s Presto helping us to remember that something might seem ‘Impossible’…but you just have to cross off those first two letters to make it ‘possible’. If your a…

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Horses are great teachers. In this episode, I share stories of the horses that have taught me over the years such as focus, loyalty, and trust. I also introduce you to the three horses I am currently training (or that are training me). My hope is that as you hear the lessons these horses have…

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‘Managing expectations’ is not the most appealing phrase to lead with. Yet, after videotaping for a virtual horse show, it is the phrase that most frequently comes to mind. During the last 10 days while I’ve been recording rides for the Western Dressage World Show I’ve also been reflecting on all the lessons it provides.…

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Three reasons to show at home: 1) you’ll prep your riding area 2) you’ll act weird 3) you’ll learn something Have you entered a ‘virtual’ horse show? The Western Dressage World show is my first record-at-home horse show…and it has been quite a learning curve! My initial thought was that I would have two main…

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Sometimes horses are trained to operate more like robots-‘don’t think, just do what I say’. Other times horses are left to make most of the decisions-which can become dangerous in some situations. In this podcast I discuss how to find a middle ground where the horse is an active participant in the ‘conversation’ with the…

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😮Unexpected… Much of 2020 could be explained with that word. Sometimes the word ‘unexpected’ carries a level of negativity. But sometimes ‘unexpected’ can be a pleasant surprises. 🐴I just entered Presto in the Western Dressage Association of America WDAA World Show. I did NOT expect to do that. When the Western Dressage World Show became…

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