Wildebeest = Speed with Distance

Recently I received a question from a rider about being frustrated in her riding when speed and distance simultaneously increased.

While the example is about working a ‘wilder beast’ cow (ha), I know this is a challenge for riders in any discipline. When speed and distance expand, the degree of riding difficulty goes up exponentially.

But there are some things we can do. That’s what this video is all about.


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Difficult conversation:
Taking my horse home

All of us feel anxiety when we have difficult conversations. We all want to have good relationships with those in our circle – and not be shunned or shamed by anyone. But certain situations in a barn or with other people bring up feelings of vulnerability.

When can, though, muster the courage to be clear and confident when we state the truth about our personal situation and what we want going forward. Then we know we have done all we can do.

That’s what this podcast is all about.

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The Private Voice

You know how it felt when you were a little kid, and you came face to face with one of your personal heroes? That’s how I felt this week when I interviewed Dr. Jim Loehr changed the trajectory of my life, starting in 1988. His body of research and work has been so much a part of what I’ve shared with you over the years.

This week I sat down with him for an interview for my podcast, The Barbra Schulte Show. As always, his insights were clear and made a huge impact on me.

He shared an idea he calls, the private voice. That’s what this video is all about.


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How to Avoid Numbing Your Horse’s Sides

We all want to ride primarily with our eyes, breath, seat, and legs, but there are so many challenges that come up as we attempt to do this.

Recently I was asked this question: “Barb, Do you have advice for keeping your legs still. Sometimes I will be bumping my horse with my spurs, not hard, but it’s a bump, bump, and then he gets numb to my leg cues. Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing this. Can you give me some tips to hold my legs/feet still but still stay relaxed and not grip with my thighs?” ~DG

That’s a great question – and – I know she’s not the only one who has challenges getting their legs to do what they want them to do!

That’s what this video is all about.


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The “J Shape” Technique for Finding Your Seat

Over the past few years, I’ve had the good fortune to do retreats with Julie Goodnight. We have fun and learn a lot from each other.

One of my favorite strategies she teaches is finding your seat and aligning your posture on a horse as you remain ‘soft’ in the saddle.

I was with her this past week in Colorado, so I asked her if she would do a mini-podcast with me and explain her “J Shape” technique.

I think you’re going to love what she has to say – and find it practical and effective.

Enjoy and leave a message for her – and I’ll be sure and pass it along.

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A Horse’s Past and Our Relationship Now

I received this interesting question the other day, “Does the horse or the one who ‘made ‘the horse get credit for the relationship we’re able to have with our horse?”

It’s an interesting one because if you ask a lot of people that same question, you will get as many answers as people you ask!

Today’s video is my take on it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think in the comments.


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The Power of Intention

In the previous weekly video, I talked about the importance of setting an intention before we ride and how our horses can ‘magically understand’ it. I was asked in one of the comments on our website to expand more on this idea.

That’s what this podcast is all about.

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How to “Get Down” and Use Your Seat

Recently I released a short course, Well-Connected, that explains how you can connect more closely with your horse through 12 exercises that build one upon the other.


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Pure Awesomeness

On Monday and Tuesday of this past week, the NYCHA Shootout team cutting was held in Fort Worth. If you’ve been following the various events leading up to this competition, you know that this has been months in the making.

One professional cutting horse trainer coached a team consisting of one veteran from the BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Program in Harvard, Illinois paired with one Regional Champion Youth. The entire experience for everyone involved was nothing less than pure awesomeness.

The veterans all rode like champions and were cheered by screaming fans. Everyone was so happy for them and proud of them. The youth were amazing riders, too, but most of all, they rose to the occasion, made great friends with the veterans, and helped them along the way, too.

That’s what this video is all about.


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Nic Prepping for Showtime

On Tuesday, July 27, Alex Rodriguez will show Nic in the Watt Arena in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Alex is one 16 veterans representing the BraveHearts program in Harvard, Illinois.

Alex is on a team, along with a National Champion youth, and I am their team coach. It’s all inspiring and exhilarating. We’ve all been getting ready to show. That’s what this video is all about.


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How to Deepen Your Seat

This week, this question came up: “What does deepen your seat mean?”

Now, that’s a GREAT question.

That’s what this podcast is all about.

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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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