Jamie B
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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Ordinary woman transforming a jaded lesson horse into an amazing partner

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Million Dollar Question

     My last post asked, “What Do You Want?”  Perhaps coincidentally, in her blog today fellow Barnmice.com member Jackie Cochran posted “Well Horse, What Do YOU Want?” Now, isn’t that the million dollar question!  Safety, comfort and play, says Pat Parelli.  Yes, and we should always first rule out physical discomfort when faced with undesired behaviors.  But figuring out exactly how much play, challenge, fun, and rest your particular horse prefers isn’t always easy.

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

What do you want?

Wednesday I saw a tornado.  Up close, while trapped in my car on an elevated stretch of highway in Springfield, Mass. Scary!  Funny what a random lethal event does to your head.  It’s clarifying

My sister, a fellow agnostic, asked me if I prayed.  The question took me off guard, and its answer surprised me a bit: I didn’t.  I’d wondered if this was “it”, and then thought, why not?  I don’t live in the area, just happened to be there at that moment as I traveled to Vermont for…


Posted on June 5, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Road to the Ride

Inspired by the "Road to the Horse 2011" on DVD which arrived last week, I've decided to implement an intensive training program to get Brody ready to be ridden.  Brody's been with us almost one year now, and he came to us with a suspensory injury.  But the vet came last week for Brody's vaccinations, and gave the go ahead to climb on and ride. Woohoo!


Brody may be physically ready to be ridden, but mentally and emotionally he is not.  (And, of course, there is the…


Posted on May 30, 2011 at 7:29pm


"Respect is appropriate response to pressure."  I heard Pat Parelli say this once, and the ring of its truth is undeniable.  Whether working on the ground or in the saddle, a horse's appropriate response to pressure is essential to any activity.  Brody definitely needs (re)education on this!


Maybe lack of cooperation is his passive-aggressive platform for establishing dominance, or maybe I haven't been consistent enough in establishing my expectations and requiring him to…


Posted on May 22, 2011 at 8:56pm — 3 Comments

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At 6:28pm on June 19, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…

Hey Jamie, I tried to comment on your blog but it did not go through.  My apologies for forgetting you had done a blog with almost the same title.  I write after riding, and I am really tired and my memory is not too good.

Good for you improving with your horse.  Keep up the good work!

At 2:30pm on November 1, 2010, Barnmice Media said…
Hi Jamie, welcome to Barnmice!

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