How a Quiet Upper Body Facilitates Connection with Your Horse

Over the past few weeks, our Cutting Master Class has been studying preparing yourself and your horse and herd work.

I’ve noticed once again how a quiet upper body that remains that way, no matter what’s going on at the moment (whether it be quick response steering or moving quickly across the arena on a cut, working a cow, etc.) sets up numerous positive results: accurate present-moment perceptions, communication with our horse and using our hands and feet independently – to name a few.

This idea is not unique to cutting. It spans all disciplines.

Again, it’s not a new concept, but it did jump out at me, loud and clear, and I saw how powerful it is as we watched great riders ride.

A quiet, soft, yet pliable upper body facilitates focus, engagement, and the ability to feel your horse.

It takes time and focus to develop. So be kind and patient with yourself, my friend – but do cultivate it.

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So Much More Is Possible

Hey, it’s Barb and Nic.

And you can see Jax is hanging out over there. Oh, and there goes Abby. So everyone in our family’s here but Tom. It’s a beautiful day in Texas. I’m so grateful to have such nice weather.

I have a quick message today.


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I Didn’t Know This Was Coming

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The Small Things

The other day, I was reminded of how important it is to celebrate and recognize the small gains we make and not disregard them as insignificant in the big picture of striving to improve.

It’s so easy to wait to celebrate until we get a huge gain, but whether it’s with our horses or with ourselves, seeing the tiny steps is a big secret of positivity and clarity about what’s important to focus on next.

I took a ride on Nic on a gorgeous Texas winter day. (-:


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The Beauty of Vulnerability

Hi, my friends,

For some reason, this week was a challenging one.

There was a lot going on, including the weather (I know, any of you Northerners or Mountain folks have no sympathy for our Southern winter complaints (-:)

Business-wise, there were simultaneously challenging and exciting things happening. On the exciting side is launching a new Master Class for Cutting. I always love these classes. They are some of my greatest joys. My favorite part is the interaction with the students I get to know, and of course, I always learn, too.

On the challenging side, this past week included empathy for a friend going through the hell of a lifetime.

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A Ride In The Fog

Ensure Your 2024 Endeavors Persist

Happy New Year! Woo-hoo! The last time I saw you in a video was last year. (Oh man, the corny jokes. ūü§©)

I’m delighted to do this video. I always feel like I’m with you, and I love that feeling.

I hope you had a great holiday. I enjoyed laying low a bit over the holidays. But now, I’m excited for 2024 – excited for a new year.


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Another Beautiful Story #4 – You

This video talks about how unique and incredible we all are, with the potential to keep writing our own story as we can imagine we would like it to be.

But is that true? Where do we start?

And this is a particular time of the year to reflect and decide what we want to focus on next year.

That’s what this video is all about, and it walks you through some compelling ideas to consider.


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Beautiful Story #3

Hey, it’s Barb, and this is video number three in a series of talking to you about people who inspire me.

This story is about a woman named Audrey Griffin. You may have heard me talk about her before. She also happens to be in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.


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Nothing Like a Beautiful Story #2
Mary Fields

We all love a great story. It can be adventuresome, inspiring, hilarious, or a combo of many things.

This is Part Two in a series of sharing the adventures of people who had passion, persevered, grew beyond themselves and inspired others.

This week’s story is about Mary Fields who was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame a few weeks ago, posthumously. I can’t imagine doing what she did, especially during the Montana winters.

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Nothing Like a Beautiful Story #1,
Meggan Hill- McQueeney

We all love a great story. It can be adventuresome, inspiring, hilarious, or a combo of many things.

I just returned from the annual Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon. My dear friend and soul sister, Meggan Hill McQueeney, was inducted this year.

I want to share her beautiful story with you as written in the luncheon program.

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In Our Horseback Riding Lives, Change is Always a Challenge

And, Change is a Gift

There is always change in our horse lives.

This can happen when our horse has to be laid off. Or, we might experience a change in our financial capabilities to follow through on plans. Or, we might get the news that a trainer or a vet is moving. These are just a few examples. You fill in your own blanks.

Change is the only thing that is sure in our lives.

As I write this article, I am feeling that ultimate happy/sad state that change can bring. There’s a big change happening in my life right now.

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