“The Soul of Competition”

June 16, 2017 by · 16 Comments
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If you’re a competitor, chances are from time to time you might feel anything from anxiety to intimidation. What if I fail? What will they think? What if I let me trainer/spouse/friends down? What if Ill never be good enough? What if I don’t make it?

It can be nerve wracking.

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“Coach Yourself Like a Champion”

May 30, 2017 by · 2 Comments
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Have you ever noticed that as hard as you try to not do something, it is impossible!

Case in point … don’t think of a purple elephant.

What comes to your mind? A purple elephant!

That’s exactly what happens to us all when we hear what we don’t want to happen during our cutting runs.

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“An Exercise to Develop Feel”

May 23, 2017 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: Combining Feel with Technique 

There’s that word again … “feel.”

It can be so elusive. What does that mean? And most importantly, how can you develop it?

To me “riding with feel” means being so connected to your horse that you can sense how to communicate seamlessly with him moment to moment (like a dance partner leading the dance.)

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“When I Think of You, I Feel Love”

May 16, 2017 by · 7 Comments
Filed under: Healing Thoughts 

It’s been a tough few weeks. Two different families I know quite well, lost a son. Another family lost a 9 year old daughter. A neighbor is nearing the end of his life in hospice.

As you well know, as we comfort others in their grief, we often revisit our own grief.

The good news is that hopefully we are more compassionate than ever because of our own experiences. Of course, it is never easy, but we understand the power of just being by someone’s side.

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Quiz: Are You Connected to Your Horse Needs and Wants?

May 5, 2017 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: Overcoming Obstacles 

Do you have some nagging frustration(s) about something within the sphere of your horse world?

Most of us do have one or more of the following challenges: not enough time to ride, or making hard choices, or people problems, or sorting through conflicting opinions, etc. Of course, there are many more than just these categories. We can each fill in our own blank.

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“Three Things That Block Learning”

April 15, 2017 by · 4 Comments
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Do you ever feel like you get numb to learning?

I didn’t say numb to wanting to learn. I mean numb to actually absorbing the info.

Often we want a quick solution to what’s bugging us … and right NOW.

We want what we want so badly that we might gloss over wonderful tidbits of information that could appear in ways we least expected them to show up because we weren’t paying attention.

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“The Emergency Brake/Two-Handed Stop”

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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I was recently asked to describe a maneuver I call the “emergency brake.”

It is fundamentally a two-handed stop which is used in a variety of disciplines for a variety of training reasons.

I am describing it here for that use, as well as for the safety of everyone.

It can be used as a stopping maneuver (training or emergency.)

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“How to Guide Your Horse on the Cut”

March 20, 2017 by · 3 Comments
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Guiding your horse smoothly and accurately through quick moves during the cut can be a tricky thing, no doubt.

One reason is that cutting horses are trained with a lot of direct rein that points their nose initially in the direction of the turn. And then the turn is completed with an offside rein and leg to bring the shoulders across the hind quarters to complete the pivot.

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“7 Ways to Get Ready to Ride”

March 3, 2017 by · 1 Comment
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Riding your horse is a series of beautifully interwoven moves that flow one into the next … into the next … into the next and so on. As a rider, this happens when you are grounded in the moment.

Here are 7 ways to help you prepare for that gorgeous flow:

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“IS MY HORSE RIGHT FOR ME?”

February 15, 2017 by · 8 Comments
Filed under: Communicating with your Horse 

When someone asks this question, it’s never an easy one to answer.

“How do I know if this is the right horse for me? I feel frustrated. I’m not sure if it’s him or if it’s me. I’m losing confidence. I’m not having fun. I just might quit.

It’s not an easy answer because there are a lot of variables involved.

My first response is, “What do you think?”

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“Finding Joy in What We Love”

February 11, 2017 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Healing Thoughts 

We all have our core beliefs. And thank goodness I believe we don’t all need to share the same beliefs! With that being said, one of my beliefs is that even though I don’t understand why people are taken from us either in what seems to be “too soon,” or in a way that seems unfortunate … or in just the fact that they “have to go” … I believe their work here is over. But those of us who remain still have important work to do.

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“How to Stop Squeezing”

February 3, 2017 by · 2 Comments
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Recently I was asked for tips to stop squeezing your legs as you go across the pen, especially on a fast cow.

Of course, you don’t mean to squeeze … you just do! Then your horse gets the wrong signal, goes too fast, misses a cow or doesn’t stop well. It’s frustrating. I understand.

Let’s work on this squeezing challenge by first identifying what you do want your legs to do.

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