April 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Wildlife on the Trail

Wildlife on the Trail


We ride in a very urban park, and see a whole lot of people, but we still see a lot of animals, too.  The most common thing we see is the white-tailed deer.  They are all over.  Sometimes they startle the horses if they move suddenly, but usually they aren’t a problem.  Cruiser likes to chase after them.


We see the usual amount of chipmunks and squirrels.  We actually have red squirrels, fox squirrels, gray squirrels and black squirrels. …


Added by Judi Daly on April 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cross Country! <3

Hey, guys!

Have you even ridden cross country? If so, what was your favorite part?

I really like cross country riding because it really tests how the horse and rider work together. If there isn't trust between the two, it's not going to go well. You have to trust the horse to do what you ask, and the horse has to trust to not to put it in a bad position. I think it's super cool to watch how the horses/riders work together in the tough situation. Why do you like or dislike… Continue

Added by Gillian Warner on April 30, 2012 at 8:56am — 1 Comment

Merlin, Deep Inside, Wants To Be a Statue



Ah, this week everything returned to normal, I got to ride three times this week!  Hurrah!

Since I had not gotten to ride Merlin for two weeks I had a vague hope that Merlin would decide to move.  When I approached him while Shannon was grooming him he greeted me with a nose bump and generally did not seem too upset to see me.  Shannon said that she had no trouble catching him today, so when I mounted him I was full of hope.  We got Merlin through the gate…


Added by Jackie Cochran on April 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Legacy of Spirit

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Spirit's Silver Anniversary.

This month’s posts have celebrated 25 years with my grandfather horse. The first time I saw Spirit he was in a small pen, alone and…


Added by Anna Blake on April 27, 2012 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

Working on Our Little Problems

Working on Our Little Problems


I have had Cole for nearly two years, now.  When I got him, he had had a saddle on his back, but that’s as far as his training went.  We have come a long way, and he has given me much to write about.  Now that we have accomplished most everything I wanted to, I fear I am going to run out of things to write about and will start to bore my readers. …


Added by Judi Daly on April 26, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

Equine Therapy: The Effects of Perfectionism on Horse-Human Relationships

Perfectionism drives human performance to elite levels, often achieving unequalled accomplishments. However, the push to be great can also have a deleterious effect on a person’s mood, and certainly, relationships. Often those around the perfectionist feel disregarded, or inadequate. But what if the relationship with the perfectionist involves a horse? 

Horses have a unique way of telling us the truth about…


Added by claire Dorotik on April 23, 2012 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Long Weekend of Riding

I’m back from a 4-day weekend that was mainly for riding with my sister.  We had so much fun.  Thursday, we went on a 2-hour ride with Cole and Ranger.  We did a lot of trotting on the way out and a little on the way home.  The horses were great.  We went on a trail that neither horse has been on since last year.  It was great.  When we got back, I took Cruiser on a short ride.


We weren’t sure how they would feel on Friday, so we went on a shorter ride with a lot of trotting…


Added by Judi Daly on April 23, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Walking is Good for the Horse


A few weeks ago I was in a used bookstore trying to find a horse book I didn’t already have and that might teach me something new.  The only one I could find was one written 30 years ago on race horse conditioning.  I got it, I wanted a new horse book!  When I got home I was looking through it and found a whole chapter on the walk.  If you have been reading my blogs you know that when I ride I walk a lot.  With my MS I just do not have the energy to do much more, usually I…


Added by Jackie Cochran on April 22, 2012 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

Switch Rides!!

Hi guys! :)

Today, my friends and I did some switch rides! Our horses are all pretty different, so it was a great experience to figure out how to ride them well. 

All of the horses were great and I'm so glad that we did this today because it gave me a lot to think about when I'm riding my horse - is there anything that I figured out today that I want to try with my horse? 

Have you guys ever experienced this? If so, what did you learn from riding another horse? Did you…


Added by Gillian Warner on April 20, 2012 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

A Retirement Resistant Spirit.

An article of mine was published in a national dressage magazine in 2006. Spirit had been retired two years and he was still pouting (read) and holding a grudge…


Added by Anna Blake on April 20, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

Blog Starting

Hey guys! 

I'm going to start posting blogs about what I've been doing with Erin and what's coming up for us :)

Lately, we've been really working on our dressage. Dressage isn't our strongest point, and since Erin's a Quarter horse, it's sometimes harder for me then people with warmbloods or TBs that naturally move uphill. If anyone has any pointers or tips on how to get better dressage scores and ideas on how to keep a horse moving nicely uphill while they're round that would…


Added by Gillian Warner on April 18, 2012 at 5:44pm — 8 Comments


Well, we had a great time at the Bruce Springsteen concert, but then how could big fans like us not?  Three solid hours of rock and roll.  There’s nothing like one of his concerts.  I went with my boyfriend and his 2 daughters.


To keep this blog horse related, did you know that his daughter rides and shows?  This could be why some of the songs he’s written in the last few years mention horses. 


One song is titled “My silver palomino” who is “Sixteen hands from…


Added by Judi Daly on April 18, 2012 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

Dominique Barbier Clinic

Hello All I am excited to discover this site thanks to a friend who is a horse trainer. I would like to announce that Dominique Barbier French Classical Dressage Trainer will be   available for us here in Ontario to share with us his lineage under Nuno Oliveira. It has been a longtime dream for me and when I received the phone call from Dominique that he would come I was thrilled. Please join us for thei exciting and intimate time with a Master. contact Julie Wright Divine Dressage…


Added by Julie Anne Wright on April 17, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Land of Hope and Dreams

Had a great ride—actually 2 great rides, yesterday.  The first was on Cole with my boyfriend and Starry.  I think my boyfriend is getting a little crazy.  He always complains that his horse goes too slow, and he does.  Well, he speeds up with another horse.  We started out trotting with Starry in the lead—and I saw my boyfriend tapping him lightly with the whip every few strides.  I was hoping for a quiet trot, and he wanted just to go faster and faster.  Cole took it all in…


Added by Judi Daly on April 17, 2012 at 11:19am — No Comments

help cancer from growing around my paints eye!!

I need help finding something that can help stop cancer from growing around my horses eye!!!!!

Added by Tami Beus on April 17, 2012 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Born to Run

Good news for the horses!  Cole must of just had a stone bruise, as I was hoping.  Throughout the week, I soaked his hoof and hand walked him.  Thursday, the farrier came out and couldn’t find any trace of an abscess.  By then, he wasn’t even limping in the least.  Friday, I did my leading out on the hard and stony drive, and he was fine.  I rode him on Saturday and Sunday, and he was sound and a joy to ride—even though he had a week off.  I took him out with my sister and her horse,…


Added by Judi Daly on April 16, 2012 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Are we really humane to our horses?


E. A. Buck

2012 ©

How we treat our horses defines us as individuals, are we humane or are we simply abusers with intent or without intent.  As an industry how we combat inhumane treatment and abuse of horses in competitions and in schooling practices defines us as a society.   Law enforcement has in place the tools to fight the criminal conduct of horse abuse,…


Added by E. Allan Buck on April 15, 2012 at 4:17am — 2 Comments

Accountability for the judges in Dressage

I'm just got back home from a beautifull dressage show at the new facility in Wellington, Florida.
Excellent place for the sport, super well organise, beautiful horses and riders, AWFUL judging. This was an international competition "nations cup". One would expect good judges.
But my God it was really bad, the worst ones were Gabriel Armando and Janet Foy. Do this judges get penalise for doing such a lousy job?

Added by Erica Thomson on April 14, 2012 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment


I've been riding in the same Stubben Avalon forabout 5 years. I get it tended yearly, making sure it fits my darling girl. And her back is just great, she gets a lameness exam yearly too, saddle good, horse good, all good...  well, is it?

Maggie Mae has been in training awhile now, coming along great, fixing her various foibles. Another woman at the barn tries some saddles, as her horse is actually sore because of his 'custom made' saddle (how many times have we heard that?).  Orders…


Added by MagsNMe on April 14, 2012 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

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