October 2011 Blog Posts (68)

Horse Book Review: The Trouble with Being a Horse

My book about a girl who turns into a horse, "The Trouble with Being a Horse," is really going places! Since getting US distribution the book has been picked up by a few chain stores and has gotten quite a lot of reviews! I have to say I'm pretty pleased that the book is liked by both horse people and non-horse people (the true test!). Here's what Readers Favorite had to say: 


Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite

Olivia loved horses and loved working at the…


Added by Emily Edwards on October 31, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Fun weekend with horses

We had a nice, horse weekend.  The river wasn’t crossable, but our younger niece came out, and she made it fun for us.  I started out riding Cole in the arena.  He had a lackluster day.  I then let my niece take him down the hill to the river.  He was pretty good for her, and she is getting used to his bouncy walk down hills.  When we got to the bottom, we let her trot on the flat part a bunch of times.  Cole has a normal trail trot, and she was posting is beautifully.  (She can’t manage his…


Added by Judi Daly on October 31, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Natural Born Riders

First, I am NOT a natural rider. 

I have heard about or read about natural riders since I started riding in Chile some 54 years ago.  I was told by my parents that they had been told that there were these people who could just get up on a horse and ride perfectly from the very first time.  Perfect seat, perfect hands, perfect timing, perfect from the very start.  My…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Videos are done at last

Three weeks ago I filmed my schooling of Sundust the ex-WP Quarter Horse that I am re-schooling.  We made the video into a how to use Spirit Bridle and how to ride using Sympathetic Aids......

Last weekend we filmed Sundust's two owners, Gloria and Cathy, schooling themselves and him.....  And then put a brand new rider up for the first time......Sandra did very well learning to sit up straight, the hands, etc......

So now I have three videos, one each of the Ladies, that will…


Added by E. Allan Buck on October 30, 2011 at 12:43am — No Comments

A Cautionary Horse Tale


Once you decide to ride horses, you put into place a domino effect of consequences, which will occur whether you are conscious of them or not. It is like a rule of nature – the results are the results regardless of your intentions, desires and motivations.

And so you proceed to put your weight on horse’s back, asking him to move in tandem with your (sometimes uncoordinated) instructions, changing the weight distribution on his back and legs and (quite) possibly…


Added by Kathy on October 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Farrier Night

Last night was farrier night.  my sister and I come out to the barn after work.  Sometimes, the farrier gets there before us because he does another horse at our stables.  When he finishes, he starts Cruise and Ranger.  He waits for me to do Cole so I could help with holding him.


When I got there, my sister was talking to him and there were no horses in the crossties.  I was surprised and wondered what was going on.  My sister said that they started Cole, and he was so bad…


Added by Judi Daly on October 28, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

My Barn is Haunted.

It starts innocently. Maybe when you were little, your dad watched John Wayne movies like mine did. We fell in love with a column of cavalry horses (instead of their riders.) We loved those horses until the cavalry met a band of Indians- Indian horses were always better.  Or it may have been a  movie like My Friend…


Added by Anna Blake on October 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Evening Rides

There was only a little daylight after work and the river was too high to cross, again.  I rode Cruiser up and down the hill three times.  He was quite energetic, and even did some gaiting up the hill.  (Cruiser has standard gaits, but he also does a stepping pace when he is excited.  He can get quite fast.  He must have gotten it from his Morgan side, as there are gaited Morgans.)  When we got back to the barn, it started to rain, lightly.  Perfect timing.  It rained the rest of the…


Added by Judi Daly on October 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Steady Trotting Home

Steady Trotting Home


The trails by our barn do not form any sort of loop. Basically, we ride out to our desired distance, turn around and come back. There are a few tiny loops, but they join the main trail, so the horses get that definite feeling that they are headed home. 


Most horses will travel faster on the way home than on the way out—that is a given. Horses like to be home where their friends are. This doesn’t happen if we are riding Cruiser and Ranger…


Added by Judi Daly on October 27, 2011 at 11:48am — No Comments

Take Advantage of 15 years of European Mistakes

Take Advantage of 15 years of European MistakesHorseGuard Fencing is the LEADING choice for European horse fencing, currently protecting two out of three horses.Before this, many misconceptions led people to make uninformed choices.



Added by HorseGuard Canada on October 27, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

Canadian Show Jumping Team Set to Compete at Pan Am Games

Visit www.therider.com and check out our latest stories. Get the latest on the Pan Am games here: http://www.therider.com/rider/canadian-show-jumping-team-set-to-compete-at-pan-am-games/

Added by Barry Finn on October 26, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Animal cruelty case reveals impact of deregulation and budget cuts

A total of 56 horses have been relocated to The Grace Foundation of Northern California's facilities after what rescue workers described as "the most disturbing animal cruelty case [they have] ever encountered". …

Added by Jillian Masters on October 25, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

The Horse in the Iron Mask

Henk the Friesian Horse writes:

A couple of new horses arrived at the farm last week: an older chestnut warmblood named Lego, and his pet, a mini named… well… not really named. I’ll tell you more about that later.


When these two arrived, they got regular stalls in the barn like the rest of us, but instead of going out in one of the paddocks we use, they went into the sand-ring on the other side of the barn. Once we all go outside in the morning, the only evidence we…


Added by Lillian Tepera on October 25, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

A Recipe for Living


You need:

- one warm, gloriously bug-free fall evening

- one soft, almost soothing “fits-like-a-glove” saddle

- one enthusiastic, steady, energetic, perky-eared red-head mare swishing rhythmically through a sweet-smelling smorgasbord of dried, crispy leaves

- one clear and wide path lined with tall trees, glowing brilliantly with hues of yellow, red, orange and…


Added by Kathy on October 24, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Another rainy 4-day weekend

Yes, another rained out long weekend for my sister and me…


Thursday, the river was too high.  We rode Cruiser and Ranger up and down the hill 3 times.  I worked with Cole in the arena, and we had fun.  My sister rode him for a little bit, and it was nice because then I could watch him.  He is quite a sight.  I then led him down to the river as a reward.


Friday, the river was still way to high to cross.  This time, we rode Cruiser and Ranger in the arena, too,…


Added by Judi Daly on October 24, 2011 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Lesson 16 - Sunday October 23 2011

Had a great lesson today. Our coach could see that we were all riding speedy horses today so we spent the lesson working on slowing down. We were to do a lot of whoa and back up, also did posting trot on the long side and sit jog on the short with circles in the corners. We learned to stay on a circle and keep our horses head and shoulders in between the reins. I was also working on getting Cooper to lower his head more and to give him more rein, to trust him more. By the end of the lesson…


Added by Coopersmom_1958 on October 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

It Feels As If--The Most Neglected Words in Equestrian Literature

Ever since I started reading books on riding I have been trying to puzzle out what the horsemen actually MEANT.  When I got my first horse I had the comforting illusion that I knew at least a little bit about riding (I had 4 years of trail riding as a young kid).  My first horse, a 5 year old just gelded green broke Anglo-Arab gelding quickly taught me that I did not know much at all.  Fortunately a few months after I got him I ran into and quickly…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

About Claire Dorotik LMFT



Having spent a lifetime around horses – growing up riding and training horses and later riding at many of the country’s top show barns – Claire, in many ways, understood horses before she understood people.


Claire’s competitive accomplishments include top placings at the Almaden farms Mini Prix, the Michelob Classic Mini Prix, the Monterey Bay Mini Prix, a 2nd place finish…


Added by claire Dorotik on October 22, 2011 at 12:50am — No Comments

How to be Gracious


Hi all,

Here's a great joke to head into the weekend with!


How to be Gracious

>  Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her

> excitement - not even her parent's nasty divorce.


>  Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear, and would be the

> best-dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!  A week later, Jennifer was horrified

> to learn that her father's new, young wife…


Added by Barbara F. on October 21, 2011 at 4:29pm — 1 Comment

Canadian Goose Quadrille.

My corner of Colorado is having a particularly colorful Autumn. The sun rise is later and later, but the dawn colors seem worth the wait. Tomatoes plants have wilted but the tree leaves are frosted and toasted to richness. I hear big weather is coming next…


Added by Anna Blake on October 21, 2011 at 8:37am — 2 Comments

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