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How to Love Horses Forever.

We were born this way. It should be part of the Apgar test. It would resolve so much if newborns gave an early warning–just like any other heart condition.…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 28, 2015 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

It’s About Greeks and Romans. Even Today.

Is there a natural way to ride a horse? Is it possible to ride in such a way that the horse goes willingly forward, without constriction, as if he were moving at liberty? Is there a path to a different sort of ride, where kindness and understanding are the primary…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 21, 2015 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

Singleton Dreams: Shedding in the Bedding

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Added by Anna Blake on August 14, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Natural Instinct: The Human Half

The more we riders understand about horse instinct, the better. Instinct is the starting place; a behavioral baseline from which other trained behaviors are built. So we study wild horses to find out what their language is like, how they experience family dynamics, and what it means…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 7, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Helmets, Gravity, and Human Superiority.

August 1st is International Helmet Awareness Day. It’s the day Riders4Helmets started, in the wake of US Olympian Courtney King-Dye’s traumatic brain injury, to raise awareness and promote equestrian…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 31, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Behavior, Personality, and Anxiety.

Can you tell the difference between personality, who a horse is, and behavior, what a horse does?

With people it can be a bit easier because we are used to separating the two. We’re taught to “hate the sin and love the sinner.” Most of us know someone who is kind and funny,…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 24, 2015 at 8:53am — No Comments

Consistency: Doing Math in the Saddle.

Consistency is a great aid but do you know how it actually works? There’s an analogy I heard decades ago that has stuck with me. It involves bank accounts. You’re right; never listen to me about money, but it’s not that kind of bank account.…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 17, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

Wake-up Call from Mother Nature. For the Millionth Time.

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I haven’t missed a blog posting in over five and a half years, and I won’t now, but this one will be different.

In case you can’t tell, I love this little farm. I didn’t end up here because it was my first choice. It was more a process of elimination. My life came apart and coming…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 10, 2015 at 12:36pm — No Comments

The Thing About Horses and Healing: a Memoir.

We see them from the road and use phones to take photos. We keep a legal distance but most of us have seen neglected horses and reported…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 3, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Buying the Right to Make a Correction.

She’s Tomboy. I don’t write about her often enough; she’s a little more serious than my corgi men. She’s a Briard, a French herding breed that has a very protective side. Tomboy appointed herself my personal bodyguard when she was a tiny pup and has…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 26, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

How to Ride like a Kid.

Remember riding when you were a kid? We climbed on top from a gate or a truck bumper. No bridle, no saddle, no worries. Remember the…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 19, 2015 at 9:44am — No Comments

Calming Signals and Equine Gastric Ulcers

These are two of my favorite topics and I write about them often, but this post is about how calming signals and gastric ulcers can relate to each other.

First, are you informed about gastric ulcers? Its knowledge that every horse owner should have–no different from hoof care or dental…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 12, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Respecting Your “Other” Space

I assume your horse respects your space; that on the ground he stands a couple of feet away, relaxed and cool. He doesn’t shove his way through gates ahead of you, or jerk the lead rope out of your hands, or perform police-like…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 5, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

How Much Longer Do You Think You Can Do This?

“How much longer do you think you can do this?”

This week I received a blog request. You see, the reader is my age, 60, and she’s frustrated at being asked that question repeatedly. The reader’s friend tells her that she and her husband “should get rid of over 30 equines and their farm and all the work,…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 29, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Long Goodbye: Meet Vinnie

It makes perfect sense to tell the story of an off-the-track Thoroughbred in the midst of the Triple Crown frenzy–with two weeks until the final race. Some of us love racing and some can’t stand to watch, but we all agree on one truth: Thoroughbred…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 22, 2015 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

How a Runaway Happens.

You know that feeling when a wreck is going to happen but you just can’t look away? It’s a magnetic, anxious feeling, followed by half-hearted guilt; time slows and it would feel better if you could laugh. It’s hoping for the best, but…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 15, 2015 at 9:08am — 2 Comments

To Rest in Peace.

They aren’t getting any younger. Most of us spend a certain amount of time between riding and mucking, just watching our animals get older. If you are like me, you have a few elders of different species right now who are on borrowed time. Every time the Grandfather Horse lies…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 8, 2015 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Cowboys, Dressage Queens, and Respect.

I got badmouthed by a cowboy recently. He dressed the part way too seriously.

It’s okay, in dressage we think of ourselves as eternal students. There isn’t a day that goes by that horses don’t teach me something. I…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 1, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

How to Train Your Horse to Hate Arena Work.

Does your horse go better out of the arena? It seems like some…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 24, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Listen to Your Horse.

I had a friend who visited my farm during my first years here. She arrived for the weekend with books and wine. We’d cook and stay up late. In the mornings we took our coffee out into the pasture, still in our flannel pajamas, and looked at wild flowers.

I’m sure I talked…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 17, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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