Anna Blake's Blog Posts Tagged 'Psychology' (6)

My Horse is Too Sensitive (Part One.)

“My horse is really sensitive. He isn’t a just a Quarter Horse, you know. He needs special handling.”

When I hear something like this, I always peer around the barn to see if anyone else looks like their head is about to explode.  Is she saying that any idiot can ride an ordinary horse, but a sensitive horse should be afforded…

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Added by Anna Blake on February 17, 2012 at 8:58am — 4 Comments

What a Parrot Taught Me About Horses.

There were a few dark years (between leaving home and having enough income to support a horse) that I was earthbound with only house pets. I survived it. Barely.

During that horse-less time, a box arrived. It was a surprise parrot -from a friend in Panama. I’m not saying it was a great idea to catch a bird and ship her, I’m just saying that she…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 29, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

Hamsters Will Never Replace Horses.

Has it been one of those weeks? Everything that could go wrong–did? We all know how it feels when gravity gets  heavy-handed and you begin to feel thick and bound by life. It happens.

Maybe you should go to the barn and let yourself be carried a while.

If you have a partnership with a horse then you know that some days you carry them and some days they carry you.

You carry them…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 22, 2011 at 7:59am — 1 Comment

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!

Namaste is a Sanskrit word -which means it’s very old.  Most translate it to some version of “The spirit in me…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 17, 2011 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

Dressage: A Relaxed and Forward Ride.

The foundation of Dressage for the rider/horse is rhythm. I define that as a balanced combination of relaxation and forward. It sounds deceptively simple.

A rider/horse can not sacrifice forward for relaxation, or relaxation for forward. The art of riding is in negotiating the balance of the two in both the rider and the horse. Forward must be consistent; sometimes…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 10, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments

A Lesson Horse is Born….

… and Grace gives herself a promotion.

Dressage borrows lots of language from ballet -after all, we are the dancers of the horse world. Pas de Trois is a dance of three. I have commandeered that phrase to describe riding lessons as a conversational dance between horse, rider and instructor. All three participants have to be heard for the dance to succeed.

I am always…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 13, 2011 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

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