“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
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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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“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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“IS MY HORSE RIGHT FOR ME?”

February 15, 2017 by · 8 Comments
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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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“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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“New Year … New Adventures”

January 26, 2017 by · 6 Comments
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I’m very excited about this year as I have more time to create new projects and plot out new travel adventures. A new website is on the horizon, too!

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Stop Leaning!

January 16, 2017 by · 1 Comment
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You’ve heard it before. Someone shouts, “Stop leaning!” Immediately it feels like someone put your finger in a light socket. Your eyes bug out and your back goes stiff in an effort to get upright in the saddle! Ugh! That’s not exactly what you wanted instead!

Without realizing it, it’s so easy to develop the habit of leaning in lots of directions. Maybe you lean and kind of pump your upper body forward to try to get your horse to go (instead of using leg/feet cues only.)

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“He Doesn’t Draw Back All the Way.
Is It Me or Is It Him?”

January 3, 2017 by · 10 Comments
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There is almost nothing that feels as good as when a horse stops deeply with a cow … and then draws back and holds it. The stronger the horse, the deeper the stop, the more complete the draw … well it’s just heavenly.

So what happens if you have a run and your horse either doesn’t stop well or he doesn’t draw back over his haunches before he turns? How do you know if it’s because of something you’re doing or if there’s something going on with your horse?

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“What I’m Taking With Me From 2016 Into 2017”

December 29, 2016 by · 16 Comments
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Our lives are journeys full of lessons to learn on and off of a horse. Sometimes the lessons are fun to learn. Other times they come with a little bite in the backside. Here are ten ideas I learned in 2016 that I will take with me going forward into 2017.

Regarding the beloved horse, I learned:

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12 Day – 12

December 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

"12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF A DREAM”

On Day 12 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give the gift of living our dreams.

We were all born with very personal and unique dreams.

We are all meant to realize these adventures and have a 
rich life day-by-day all along the way.

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12 Day – 11

December 12, 2016 by · 2 Comments
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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF GIVING”

On Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give us the gift of giving.

By the fact that horses depend on us,
we experience the joy of giving to them.

They would do almost anything for a cookie!

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