“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
Filed under: Mental Strategies 

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
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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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“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
Filed under: Riding and Showing Techniques 

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
Filed under: General Interest 

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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“How to Ride From Strength”

January 26, 2017 by · 10 Comments
Filed under: Overcoming Fear 

Why is it we have a tendency to not always recognize the best in ourselves and in our horses?

When it comes to the horses, of course we care intensely for them, and we see them as generally wonderful … but when it comes to getting on and riding off, we worry about what we don’t want to happen. Often we’re not thinking of their best, or expecting it.

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Stop Leaning!

January 16, 2017 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Combining Feel with Technique 

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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WE SUPPORT YOU

December 17, 2016 by · 10 Comments
Filed under: Healing Thoughts 

I send you the warm thoughts and soft support during this holiday season.

I bet that you, like me, find certain moments to be especially challenging when the unforeseen wash of sadness envelops you. I think we all share that.

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