Kathy's Blog (15)

A Song and My Very Own Chestnut Mare

When I first heard this song by Marie-Lynn Hammond, I found there was so much I could relate to that I contacted her to let her know how much I enjoyed the song. I have had my very own chestnut mare for 13 years now – and enjoyed every minute of…

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Added by Kathy on January 15, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments

How to Have Fun on the Trails in the Middle of Winter

Originally posted at: http://wp.me/pVRxl-lL



Hard, unforgiving ground,

chilly winds and cloudy sky.

Slap on your winter woolies,

throw on the saddle pad,

tighten the girth

and head off into the beautiful trails with leafless trees and…

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Added by Kathy on December 26, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments

What Does Your Horse Want for Christmas?

Originally posted at: http://frwdnrnd.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/what-does-your-horse-want-for-christmas/

What would your horse like for Christmas?

This one is a no-brainer and it’s so mmm-mmm-mmm-good! (Even you might want to take a bite!)

You wouldn’t have to listen very hard to…

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Added by Kathy on December 23, 2011 at 8:30pm — 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…

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Added by Kathy on October 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — 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…

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

Muscle Memory Matters in Horse Riding

 

Malcolm Gladwell put forth a theory in 2008, in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success that sounds to be entirely relevant to us horse riders. In it, he proposes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice in any task to become exceptionally good at something.  That breaks down to approximately 3 hours per day over a course of ten years. He goes on to explain that it’s not just about having talent – less talented people can progress beyond their more talented counterparts…

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Added by Kathy on September 22, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Quit to Persevere

 

Learning a new skill in riding can be pretty daunting. Not only do you need to coordinate your entire body (including the ever-pervasive ‘core’ of your body), but you also need to stay in balance while moving, in time, in partnership with the (much larger) horse that happens to be using his own feet while yours are dangling in mid-air! You get my drift….

So at best, it’s not easy. When other people tell you that riding is all about the horse and not about the…

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Added by Kathy on September 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

So Ya Think Ya Got Something to Prove?

 

Then don’t go to the show. Seriously.

DON’T go if:

- you aren’t getting excellent rides at home, mentally and physically, both you and your horse.

- you haven’t taken your horse off-property in many months (go somewhere lower-key first).

- you haven’t done your “homework”: both you and your horse are fit, and riding AT LEAST one level (regardless of discipline of riding) higher than what you will be doing at the show.

- you are struggling…

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Added by Kathy on September 11, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The "99% Lucky" Rule

Originally posted at: http://frwdnrnd.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/the-99-lucky-rule/

 

The 99% Lucky rule is very simple – when you’re around horses, and particularly in dangerous situations, you are lucky 99% of the time. That is a good rule – unless it happens to be the 1% of the time that you might be ‘un’-lucky! Then, it’s no fun at all. Let me explain…

When you are around horses, safety must come…

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Added by Kathy on September 5, 2011 at 9:53pm — 1 Comment

Speaking “Horse” (a.k.a. “Pushing the Envelope”)

 

You’ve seen it before (maybe you’ve been there yourself?) – the horse/human tug-of-war scenario:

The person is trying desperately to keep the horse in a particular position
or
the person is leading the horse somewhere
and all the while,
the horse is moving, imposing, and once in a while, running over the doting human being!

*        *         *         *          *

Once you know how to listen to your horse, a whole…

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Added by Kathy on August 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Ask 25 Horse People One Question...

… and you get 25 different answers!

 

This phenomenon is a well-known fact in the horse industry. Over the years, I’ve been approached time and again by people new to the horse world,  in a mixed-up state of frustration and confusion. Who do they listen to? How can EVERYONE have a different way of doing something? Isn’t there a ‘standard’ method in the industry?

New horse owners go to look for a boarding barn and discover that every barn has a different feed…

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Added by Kathy on August 25, 2011 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

To Lesson or Not To Lesson?

 

That should not even be a question!

 

I’ve met many people who are fascinated by horses enough to want to ‘get’ their own horse. Often, acquaintances or people I’ve met will ask me my opinion about buying a horse – where do they start?

 

I run through all the typical questions with them: Why do you want a horse? Are you aware of all the aspects of horse ownership? Have you budgeted for all the upkeep costs (and we go through the breakdown – the…

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Added by Kathy on August 18, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

On Enjoying the Path

 

I can hear you now – you’re groaning… the path?? How can “the path” be fulfilling?

You might ask: Doesn’t “the path” translate to tedious repetitions, lack of acknowledgement or recognition, stumbling blocks, frustrations, steps backward more than forward, and all the other associated negativities that occur when something is practiced day-to-day, week-to-week?

What about the glory of the goal, the clear, final call of reaching the destination, the accolades…

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Added by Kathy on August 15, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

It's All About Listening!

 

Some time ago, the term “horse whisperer” came into being,  not necessarily by the horse enthusiasts themselves, but largely by the people outside of the industry. The term claimed its fame thanks to Robert Redford who starred in the movie with the same title, while he posed as a rancher who developed a spine-tingling connection to an otherwise unmanageable horse. The romantic notion of being able to communicate with horses was propelled into the mainstream media and readily…

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Added by Kathy on August 13, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Christmas in the Barn

(Author Unknown)



It's the night before Christmas and I'm out in the barn

Blanketing my horses to keep them all warm.

They're eating their dinners, tucked cozy in stalls,

Not aware that it's Christmas, or any day special at all

They dream of spring pastures from their pine-scented beds.

No visions of sugarplums dance in their heads

.But we people are thinking of merry parties and such

Quickly doing our tasks so we don't miss too much.

This…

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Added by Kathy on December 24, 2008 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

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