Anna Blake's Blog (292)

Admitting You're Wrong.

Do you remember the first time you wanted to be right? It might predate memory or even language. Being good is immediately quantified after birth; we’re tested before we even leave the hospital. It’s our first “percentile.”…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 24, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Reciprocity: A Softer Ask, a Softer Bend

I overheard some riders complaining like old campaigners. Asking a horse for bend sounded like the Hundred YearsWar. They weren’t mean, just grumbling that it was hard to make the…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 17, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Mansplaining in the Barn

Thirty-five years ago, I stood with a group of women protesting a murder sentence given by a judge in Denver. The defendant had shot his estranged wife in the face, point-blank. The judge gave a ridiculously light…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 10, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Women as Predators.

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Do you identify as a predator?

I was at a horse show a few years back, helping a client. It was a warm day at an outdoor venue. Participants were all…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 3, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Diffuse a Horse Bomb

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Maybe you’re mentally arranging your to-do list, or rehashing an imaginary rant about something that happened at work, or just daydreaming…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 27, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Do You Inspire Your Horse?

Do you inspire your horse? Does he volunteer more than you ask? Are you proud of who you are in his eyes?

And yes, this is a donkey. There is no better trainer for a human who wants to work with horses. Look him in the eye. You are out-matched in strength and wits. Don’t just lay your ego down.…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 20, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Talking About the Future with Your Vet.

Are you happy with your veterinarian? It’s the question I ask when a client loses a horse or has a long-term issue. I’m not sure it’s important that they actually have the best vet in the world, but it is important that they think they do. The reason to talk about it now is obvious; there may not be time…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 13, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What I Didn't Know Then (About Starting Horses Young)

It seems that most things I learn about horses, I learn in hindsight. It’s not a bad thing. Horses learn that way, too.

When I was younger I had a great grasp of the little picture. And by…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 6, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Freak Riding Accident? Hardly.

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The horse world has lost some good riders in the last few weeks. Sadly, it happens all too often. Horses can be unpredictable and people get hurt.…
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Added by Anna Blake on April 29, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Beyond the Fence Line

I have a neighbor, a couple of properties to the north, who brings his cattle home to calve each spring. The pasture is empty the rest of the year but then in one day, twenty-five head materialize, casually grazing. They’re hard to miss. The…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 22, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Cautionary Tale About Sleeping Around.

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We heard about Arthur, who had reached that certain age in the life of a young goat, just as we were mourning the loss of our old goat. It was…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 15, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Is That Horse Hot or Fearful? The Importance of Relaxation

It’s a question I’ve asked groups lately, “How can you tell the difference between a hot horse and a fearful one? There are a handful of answers but by far, most people say they see the difference in their eyes.…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 8, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Release: Giving Your Horse Dignity

Do you remember the very first time you heard the term Natural Horsemanship? I loved the sound of those words together. It felt holistic and honorable, and well, natural.…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 1, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dogs and the Things We Cannot Change

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Are you the kind of person who gets nervous in a new place if there isn’t a dog to talk to? Do you find it easy to look through the dog spit dried on the passenger window when making a right turn in your truck? Do you have a drawer with a bunch of old dog collars with…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pony Smart and Carrot Shy

Last week I wrote about loitering in the sun with horses and not feeding carrots. People who train with treats spoke up and I agree; during work sessions, treats…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 18, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Carrots Aren’t Enough.

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We’ve had a lot of company at the farm lately. Sometimes I take them into the family pen. The Grandfather Horse is there with his goat, Arthur. Edgar Rice Burro peers from under his eyebrows as he begins the suave stroll…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 11, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

A Better Name for Chronic Lameness

It was the first day that the notion of chronic lameness got personal. My Grandfather Horse was young but he’d severely damaged a tendon in his front leg. My vet explained to me that he would most likely need two years of…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

What's the True Value of Riding?

There’s a meme that travels around Facebook that states, “Most people don’t need a $35,000 horse. They need a $1,000 horse and $34,000 in lessons.” Boy howdy, the horse world is resplendent with stories of novice riders buying advanced…

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Added by Anna Blake on February 26, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Energy Without Emotion.

Some of us originally learned to ride by watching Westerns. Cowboys held both reins in one hand and jerked the horse sharply sideways to turn him, and the bit jerking the mouth open added drama. They were in an angry rush, leaning forward, and kicking really hard with spurs sharp enough to puncture a kidney. Then…

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Added by Anna Blake on February 19, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Valentine’s Day and a Goat Tail. I Mean Tale.

Is it too soon to say the word? Sure, there’s more snow coming. You’d be nuts to pack away the tank heaters and long johns. Still, there’s a change in the light and the calendar agrees. The coldest part of winter is past…

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Added by Anna Blake on February 12, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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