June 2009 Blog Posts (59)

Working on Myself

This is my first blog entry, but a good place for me to start at this point in my 5 year training. I grew up in a classroom roundpen situation with my two horses, Toby and Oliver. Over the last five years I've not ridden as much as I've worked on trying to have a relationship with my horses, learn equine language and live in a herd with my two horses. I feel like a girl at 4H, as a 44 year old woman with Toby delivered to me and me realizing that horses were really strange to me, ominous… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lamm on June 11, 2009 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Andalusians Illustrate this Week's Quote

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars." - Henry Van Dyke

I picked this nighttime painting of two white Andalusians to illustrate Van Dyke's quote. Of course, now I wish I would have added some stars in the night sky!

Looking at the stars always makes me think about how huge the universe must be. If each of those stars is as large as our sun, how vast… Continue

Added by Karen Brenner on June 11, 2009 at 6:37am — No Comments

Toward An Equine Bill of Rights

A gentleman from LinkedIn posed a question about a pets' bill of rights that got me thinking about the point of having such a thing for horses and its possible uses and abuses.

For a little research, I Googled pets' bill of rights and found a few inane lists by pet care companies ("we have the right to snuggle daily") that included rights obvious to any animal lover but really didn't, um, fit the bill.

I did find something on… Continue

Added by Kimberly Cox Carneal on June 10, 2009 at 3:48am — 3 Comments


When it comes to developing a truly willing mind from a horse there is a critical difference between training and schooling. Focused schooling for specific tasks as to exactly when, where and how the rider wants the horse to perform should only begin when the horse consistently chooses not to fuss, challenge or search to find a way out from between the legs and reins of the rider. Once the horse has had enough training to willingly choose the easy path of staying balanced with a rider and is no… Continue

Added by Chris Irwin on June 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

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Added by Lisa L. Dewey on June 8, 2009 at 11:24am — 6 Comments

The Working Animals of Tunisia

Tunisia is a strange country - in fact it's more like two countries. Many people might wonder what SPANA is doing there at all, but that's because they go there as holiday makers in search of the sun, and rarely stray out of the coastal beach resorts. There they see slick tourist resorts and villages along with the wealth and prosperity that brings to local people.

But move inland, and only a few miles at that, and you come across a totally diferent Tunisia,

Here life is… Continue

Added by SPANA on June 8, 2009 at 6:06am — 1 Comment

Ride Fit 1-2-3: More on soft hands and the 'training scale' for rider fitness


I just had the privilege of auditing a clinic with Jane Savoie this weekend. Now I'm in a kind of overfed state of sleepy shock...a little like you feel after Thanksgiving dinner because last weekend I also worked at a clinic in Nova Scotia as co-clinician with Lisa Wilcox. I don't know if my poor brain can handle any more rich input for a few days at least!

From a fitness point of view, last weeks' blog entry on light hands and proper use of the back really came back to me… Continue

Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on June 7, 2009 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Calvin Borel on Letterman tonight

Tomorrow is the big day for Calvin and Mine That Bird! He has had a busy week in New York! He, his fiancee, Lisa, and her parents Suzanne (my Heart Land Horse Rescue co-counder) and Mike have been playing celebrity tourists all week! Tuesday he taped Letterman, which airs tonight! Yesterday he rang the bell at the NYSE and this morning was on Good Morning America! And of course he has been to Belmont to see MTB. Suzanne called me this morning, very excited, because while at GMA, she spoke to a… Continue

Added by Lori Tankel on June 5, 2009 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Nice and Easy.

I'm back to riding again! That really makes me happy.

My ride this week was pretty relaxed compared to the previous weeks of preparation.

The others in my group that qualified are now working hard to prepare for the Nationals in a few weeks. so my ride at the moment is not so focused.

But I will get myself back in to that focus again, as I want to become the best rider that I can possibly be despite my FM - I don't want it to get the better of me.

Riding is my… Continue

Added by Cat on June 5, 2009 at 1:22pm — 3 Comments

Facing my limitations

In 1993, after years of puzzling symptoms, I finally got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Finally I had the answer to why I could never ride as well as I wanted to. I tried to get back to riding my horses, but the exhaustion, muscle pain, and lack of emotional control when exhausted that come from MS defeated my first attempt to get back riding. Due to owning 4 horses at the time I did not have the money for lessons, or the endurance to take them.

Several years later I…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 5, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

When Can I Introduce New Work: Part 2

Last week, I started this series to help you decide how and when to introduce new work. That blog focused on Training and First Levels. What follows is Part 2 of that series.

Let's say your horse is solid at first level. Look ahead to the Second Level movements. Check out the dressage tests. You'll see that you need to work on shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, simple changes of lead, reinback and turns on the haunches.

You'll also notice that the big…


Added by Jane Savoie on June 5, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Knowing Yourself as a Rider

What I am looking for in a rider is balance and empathy with their horse as a living creature. Someone who has feel for the basic paces and hopefully able to tell the right and wrong lead and the right and wrong diagonal. They need to be able to maintain a contact without being stiff and heavy and to be concise in what they are asking. This is quite important; if you ask a horse to walk on, you tell it to walk on.

Temperament in the rider

Any rider that is so…


Added by Tim Stockdale on June 5, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

All Horses Are Diffrent

Horses come in many kinds,

And some are very hard to find.

Some are for races,

cause they ride at different paces.

Some like hay

in the day.

Some are white,

and ride at night.

Some are mean

and don't like to be seen.

Some are sweet

and like treats.

Horses come in many kind

and some are hard to find!

Look after the one you have

as not the life, height and age

will last forever....but......

The love...will always… Continue

Added by Timika F on June 5, 2009 at 2:40am — 4 Comments

Alberta On My Mind .... Mind the Wind

Last week Evie and I spent our time “toiling” in beautiful Edmonton, Alberta, home of the Northlands Horse Show. Edmonton Northlands Horse Show has become one of the premier events in Western Canada under the stewardship of the Edmonton Hunter – Jumper Association and the direction of Show Manager Caroline Jones. The event is unique in the fact that it is held on the infield of Northlands Race Track, who along with Hastings Park in Vancouver is the location for all of western Canada’s Grade… Continue

Added by Evie Frisque on June 4, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment


The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers participating in July’s Kentucky Cup Reining and Kentucky Cup Vaulting Test Events, the first test events to be held in preparation for the 2010 Games.

We received an overwhelming response. In less than 2 hours, all positions for Reining were filled, and in less than 24 hours, all positions for Vaulting were filled. We appreciate our volunteers for such a fast and enthusiastic… Continue

Added by 2010 Alltech FEI WEG on June 4, 2009 at 1:57pm — 2 Comments

Just Imagine!

Do you have a wild imagination? William James wrote, "Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours." What can you dream up? Could it be your future?

Print a copy of this quote/painting combo on this week's To Do… Continue

Added by Karen Brenner on June 4, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Ride Fit 1-2-3: Fitness for Riders- Getting Better Arm Position and Softer Hands


This week's topic comes from a rider (Erika) who posted the following question:

Though recently I've done very much to my core and leg positions, my arms have been neglected! Though I do not try, I know I keep my arms tense and not as relaxed as the rest of my body.

So my question(s) are, where exactly should I keep my hands (I show Training/First Level), and how should it feel? How can I relax my arms, and keep the contact that I need?

I have posted her picture in… Continue

Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on June 3, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Welcome William!

Check out the photographs of my new pony, William. He is a 15.2 hand Dry Doc bred quarter horse gelding, five years old. I've had him for a month now and we are really getting to know one another. He is very quiet, willing and forgiving. Nothing much bothers this boy! Thanks so much to Patrick Mulligan who raised and trained William and took the time to ride with me and teach me some of his buttons. I'm so glad Willy failed at roping!

I've had William for 3 months now and I just love… Continue

Added by Karen Murphy on June 2, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Your June Horseyscope by Lauren Bode

Gemini May 21 - June 20

Happy Birthday! A great year is in store, forget about being so cautious when it comes to choosing a horse. You do realise that you know what you do want, and sometimes listen to too many different opinions. As always your instincts will work in your favour. Giving a bit more leg when necessary will be good for your horse as well.There will be quite a bit of travelling in your life this year, surprisingly you and your horse are in sinc.

Keep it that way… Continue

Added by Barnmice Admin on June 1, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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