July 2013 Blog Posts (24)

How this Whole Thing got Started.....

People ask me all of the time how I got into natural horsemanship- and I always tell them at the beginning of any of my clinics…

kelly's july ontario clinic

11 years ago I had no idea what natural horsemanship was- Seriously- no clue.

I was eventing at the Preliminary/Intermediate level on my Thoroughbred George, and we either did really well or…


Added by Gail Rice on July 30, 2013 at 3:41pm — 3 Comments

What kind of bit is best for a green horse

I have tried the plain old snaffle on my gelding but he doesn't respond to it at all so I now use a d ring snaffle and it's still a snaffle so he responds a little better but not much he is honestly easier to ride with just a halter on and reins snapped to it. But because he is still so green and I take him out on field rides and in new places I don't feel as safe. He completely hates the hackamore so I don't use that. What is a good bit that is light and he will respond too ?

Added by Brittney on July 30, 2013 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

Do Horses Enjoy Work?

People often tell me that their horse loves to work, loves to jump, loves to show…From what I know about horses, I’m not so sure. Equitation scientists looked into the matter… 

Imagine a conversation between you and your horse, if horses could talk. 

You: Good morning Spunky. Ready for a…


Added by Lindsay Grice on July 28, 2013 at 4:42pm — 3 Comments

My horse won't lope

So my now four year old gelding that I have had since he was just a yearling and has been extremely easy to train has now decided that he just doesn't want to lope. I have lunged him with a saddle and he will lope but when I am

On him he will either buck or he will completely refuse to canter and just do an extended trot. He is easy to ride at a walk and trot he is a bit on the lazy side but he has always been willing to please. I have loped on him a few times but it is always short lived… Continue

Added by Brittney on July 28, 2013 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

Middle-Aged and Older Women Who Start Riding


I have been thinking lately a lot about how hard it can be for middle-aged and older women to either get back to their long interrupted riding or to start riding.  It is not easy.

We know we can get hurt.  Many of us have osteoporosis and many more have arthritis.  Our youthful figures have gone away, our once athletic bodies have dissolved, and we just do not feel as sprightly as we did when we were younger.  Medical issues pile up, kids and families threaten all of…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Enjoying the Present (Senior) Moment.


How many friends have ridden my Grandfather Horse over the years? I lost count a decade ago. He is even older than his age implies, but…


Added by Anna Blake on July 26, 2013 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Dog Day Dressage: Notes from Nuno.

These are the dog days of…


Added by Anna Blake on July 19, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments

You Don't Need A Unicorn


Added by Heather Nelson on July 17, 2013 at 7:49pm — 2 Comments


Hello All,

I am writing on behalf of ProChaps. As one of the company players, I have become very much associated with this brand over the past year. Being responsible for the sales and marketing portion of the business I have spent much time on blogs trying to discover what people truly like and want in riding apparel. ProChaps main focus is on the riders leg! We carry 35 different sizes and three different styles of chaps (half and long). We can assure you we will offer you a…


Added by emelie larivee on July 17, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Highlights from Canada

Highlights from Canada

When we crossed the border, I was pretty sure that we crossed over to the Arctic Circle.  The temperature dropped around 30 degrees, and the wind kicked up to hurricane force.  I had on three jackets and the border control officers were in short sleeves and cargo pants- and obviously bothered by the heat.

As I approached the booth with Jack Russell in lap, towing a huge camper and 2 year old strapped…


Added by Gail Rice on July 14, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Red Neck Stop Sign

Last Friday I thought that my truck was fairly operational- besides the fact I could not turn it off- then it did not want to start again.

So I figured, just don’t turn it off ‘til I get to Virginia- it’s a diesel, so I really don’t have to turn it off to fuel up.

Technically, that is correct.  However, if your truck DIES while you are driving it 75 miles per hour down the highway, while you are talking to someone in England- well Houston, you have a…


Added by Gail Rice on July 14, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My 200th Blog

Gee, this is my 200th blog!  When I started blogging here on Barnmice over four years ago I never imagined that I could find enough to write about to make it to 200 blogs.  I want to thank all of my readers for reading my blogs each week.

Last week I had decided that feelings of security were more important than feeling cool.  That idea just lasted one ride.  Debbie could not give me my regular lesson…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 14, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Five Top Reasons for the Horse and Rider Communication Gaps

I make my living observing horses and riders. And I’ve done my own personal survey over 25 years of training and teaching. I’ve had my share of roadblocks with horses, coached riders step by step through others and, as a show judge, winced from a distance at horse and human meltdowns. 

So here’s the most common things that get us stuck,…


Added by Lindsay Grice on July 14, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

My Glamorous Life


I think that a lot of people are under the impression that my life is glamorous.  As I write this, I am sitting in a campground that spans about 5 acres and am surrounded by at least 500 people in campers and tents parked 10 inches from each other.  Everyone has a Boston accent except for me.  The campground is located across from Santa’s workshop.  My son is watching Elmo for the…


Added by Gail Rice on July 12, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Walter on the Predator/Prey Thing.

Walter likes to think of himself as amazingly athletic, incredibly fascinating, and wildly handsome, with an exceptional rack of ears. Remember Walter? He is the Corgi that came here to rescue us from the peace and solitude of the prairie 6 months ago.  Walter has…


Added by Anna Blake on July 12, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

5 Telltale Signs of a Master Horseman (or Woman!)

....I often get asked how to find Great Horsemanship Clinicians or Trainers and how to determine the Good ones from the GREAT ones.....

Here are 5 Telltale Signs to Look for When Searching for Masters of Horsemanship.

  •  People Like to be Around Them and Respect…

Added by Lauren Doyle on July 11, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

I ride Dante

We have been having a record breaking amount of rain this summer, and yesterday was no different.  It was our 16th day in a row of rain.  Huge storms barreled through in the afternoon, but stopped just in time for our ride.


My niece came out to ride.  Since Ranger is recovering from a stone bruise, my sister offered me Dante to ride.  (I…


Added by Judi Daly on July 11, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Coolness or Security


Wet.  Humid.  “Tropical air”.  5.35 inches of rain in the last 7 days.  Dew points in the 70’s F, heat indexes hitting the low 90’s F.

Last Tuesday I ran down to my “local” tack store and asked Donna, the owner, if there were any breeches or tights cooler than and as secure as my FITS all-weather breeches.  She picked out a Kerrit’s full seat tight and a FITS Treads Lite breech with rubber dots where the FITS full seat paneled patches go.  I got the FITS breech…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 7, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Blogging About Blogging: Thank You!

It’s Independence Day, time to celebrate liberty and freedom. May we ever run free.…


Added by Anna Blake on July 5, 2013 at 8:36am — No Comments

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