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Have you ever thought “I should write a book about………”

If you are an instructor, coach or trainer your knowledge and expertise is Gold.  It is what sets you apart from all the other Instructors, Coaches and Trainers. The experience you have gained over time and perseverance, the insights you have learned through trail and error are priceless. 

However, your reach  - the people you can help and inspire with this hard earned wisdom is limited to time and travel. Unless you somehow record all this knowledge…

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Added by Linda Finstad on September 30, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments

The Truth Behind Bit Drama





WMClaraTack Do you know how your bit works? No, I mean really. Not some cowboy-on-YouTube’s fantasy about horses needing to learn to carry cold metal on bone. Not some idiot in…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 30, 2016 at 9:09am — No Comments

Ride Shorter, Progress Farther.

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If I were to write a training book entitled Less is More, it would be hundreds of pages long. The irony is not lost on me. At the same time, it’s an idea that I defend constantly. Us humans can be like rats on a wheel sometimes.

We’ve all seen the rider. Maybe she starts by lunging her horse in…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 28, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My New Pegasus Butterfly Saddle Gets Baptized in the Rain

My New Pegasus Butterfly Saddle Gets Baptized in the Rain    

I did not get to ride Cider last Sunday so I did not get to see if putting the shims in the Pegasus pad was the answer to our problems during our last ride. 

On Wednesday morning, as we drove out to Debbie’s stable, it started drizzling with some bigger drops of rain.  I decided that hey, I’m tough, I ride hunt seat, and foxhunters often ride in the rain. Luckily for me, Debbie agrees that a light rain is really no…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 24, 2016 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Don't Shoot the Horses

Don’t Shoot the Horses

Before you get too upset the reference is to photography not weaponry

Have you ever had, what you thought was a fabulous idea - yet everyone around you shoots you down and tells you “Don’t Do It”.

The “naysayers” tell you it’s a crazy idea that will never work, it’s just not…

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Added by Linda Finstad on September 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My Pegasus Butterfly Saddle

My Pegasus Butterfly Saddle

First of all, my condolences to Ronnie, who sold me my Pegasus Butterfly saddle, his mother-in-law died and he was at her funeral the day I first used my new saddle.  I chose not to interrupt him during that difficult day, so my challenges with my new saddle are not his fault, or the fault of the saddle.  At least he went ahead and sent me the saddle when he said he would, so I got to ride in it this week.  He also told me last week that to “break in” the…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 17, 2016 at 12:19pm — No Comments

You’re a Timid Rider?

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What if it isn’t a bad thing?

I have a “big picture” thing I want to say and it’s going to take some explaining. Just food for thought, really, but there’s some defining of terms that has to happen first. Just for the purposes of this article, and with full knowledge that making generalizations is always a bad idea. Here…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 16, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

Judging hunters

I changed hats t this weekend-literally.  Sometimes “stuff happens” and show managers have to adjust on the fly- and so do judges!  Arriving prepared to judge the western ring , I was asked if I would judge the hunter and jumper rings instead. For those who judge multiple disciplines we must learn to change hats…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 11, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Bingo Was Not Behaving

Bingo Was Not Behaving

Last Sunday, while I was riding Cider at Shannon’s farm, I decided not to use my upper thighs to influence Cider’s spine.  Instead I concentrated my attention on keeping my heels down, thus making my seat more secure.

Well, Cider was quite good.  My work with my upper thighs the last few weeks certainly pain off!  At no time during my ride did Cider scrunch herself up into a pretzel, and while we were not quite as straight she cheerfully accepted contact…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 10, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Debbie Tells Me to GET MY HEELS DOWN

Debbie Tells Me to GET MY HEELS DOWN

On Wednesday, when I got to the stable, Debbie had already groomed Bingo.  She told me how MUCH she liked having her own pair of the HandsOn grooming gloves since she could go ahead and groom Bingo for my ride.  She really appreciates being able to get down and scrub the horse’s skin, especially his back and cannon bones where crud tends to accumulate.  Using these grooming gloves really seems to prevent the accumulation of fungus in the horse’s…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 3, 2016 at 9:37am — No Comments

Miss me?

 I've not written on Barnmice in a while as I've been busy with getting used to college life. I'm attending community college this year before going to university next year to start pre-veterinary medicine. I'm taking a world civilizations class, a bio-chemistry class and a math class. I've been quite busy studying each subject preparing for quizzes and tests and also writing on my blog( for each of you who reads this, will you please take the time to visit…

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Added by Paula Stevens on September 2, 2016 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Halt, Rein-back, Cha-cha-cha.

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This is how it feels: It’s a trot that’s resistance free. He glides with relaxed strides. At first you think it might be slow, but no, his strides are longer. He has time to push from behind. Every vertebrae in his back is loose. His movement is fluid and soft,…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 2, 2016 at 9:15am — No Comments

What Will You Get FromSolar Panel Installation?

Want to acquire the eco-friendly and elegant solutionto reduce your bills?

Solar Panel Installation is the right option!

You may feel hesitant to take the leap and get solar panels installed, but once you do, you will immediately see the advantages such as reduced electricity bills and even receiving money from your hydro company month aftermonth.

In the coming years, possibly, nature will have to face major changes due to our dependence on fossil fuels and the pollution…

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Added by Terry Barnes on August 31, 2016 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Equine Romance, Latest Release by Christine Meunier

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to share about my latest release, B and B!  This novel is an equine romance set in Australia, aimed at adult readers.  Interested?  Check out the blurb:

Things are changing…

Ben likes his life at Happy Trails.  As a trail guide on a…

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Added by Christine Meunier on August 29, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

I Get to SEE the Results of My Work with Bingo

I Get to SEE the Results of My Work with Bingo

Since Debbie had a summer camp last week, I had a week off from riding Bingo.  She used him some during the camp, and Bingo did not behave perfectly.  Nothing exciting, just Bingo suddenly deciding he had enough and making a beeline to either the gate or the center of the ring.  Since Bingo has such a thick throatlatch, there is not much a beginning child rider can do to change his path.  It could have been much worse, Bingo did…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on August 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Fine Art of Cantankery.

I’ve had a hard time acting my age. That’s not it, exactly. It’s more like I’m straddling the Grand Canyon between my usual teen angst and dealing with the fact I’m supposed to be wearing support hose. It all started with my birthday. Two years ago.

Then recently a donkey came to the rescue that I work with.…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 26, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Improving Your Dressage Scores - Part 2

You leave the arena on a long rein at A and to say you feel a little disheartened is putting things mildly... Dressage can be difficult, there's no doubt about it, however what tends to stack the odds even more so against a good dressage score is the fact that many riders see it as 'boring'; a means to an end of sorts.

Are you the sort of rider that thinks the most challenging part of dressage is memorising your test? For many riders, this is the be all and end all of dressage. Is it…

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Added by Lorna Leeson on August 22, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Communicate with Your Horse Through Groundwork - Part 2 Pressure & Release

Groundwork, when referring to horses, simply means working with your horse from the ground in order to train and increase communication skills.  In this blog post we are going to focus on 'Pressure and Release' and how you can begin to correctly and fully understand the concept in order to further your horse's training from the ground.

This is part 2 of a full series dedicated to Groundwork from Strides for Success. Part 1 which explains the basics and then moves into…

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Added by Lorna Leeson on August 20, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Riding a Bounce to Improve Overall Strength

Have you ever experienced popping over a jump with your horse, when he suddenly realises he needs a little 'more' if he is going to clear the jump?  He stretches, or pushes, a little farther than you expected and suddenly you find yourself very much behind the movement and bracing for the inevitable 'thud' that your backside connecting with the saddle will create on landing!

Or perhaps your horse has a frustrating habit of hanging a hoof here and there over fences, which leads…

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Added by Lorna Leeson on August 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Judging Dressage: Hyperflexion in Dressage

Dressage isn't perfect, but what part is baby and what part is bath water?

Watching the Dressage competition at the Olympics was inspirational. And horrific. There were impeccable riders with fluid bodies and invisible cues. And riders who were brutal, with hard hands and cruel methods. There were…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 19, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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