Being Proactive

If you have at any stage in your equestrian journey, experienced an existential crisis of Hempfling-like proportions, then you have the horse’s best interest at heart. The equestrian industry has fanatics on every conceivable end of the spectrum of crazy, inevitably induced by a love for all things equine. If you still have some manner…

Irked by Distractions

It is a common scene. You arrive at the stables, 10 minutes late for your lesson. You rush over to the paddock to grab your horse, but he runs circles around you. After struggling a further 5 minutes, you eventually catch your horse and lead him up to your car where you hunt to find grooming…

The Legend of Monty Roberts

In the early 1940’s, a young man decided to oppose the brutality of equine “breaking”. He traveled extensively, even as a teen, facing insurmountable odds, in order to discover more about the inner workings of Mustang herds. His work was rejected and he spent his entire life trying to prove to the World, as well…

Who Cut the Brakes?

Some clients recently asked the question “how do you stop a runaway horse?” The fear of losing control of a horse is a very real issue for many riders. If we were to honestly think about all the possibilities of things that could go wrong, we would never place a foot in the stirrup. The…

Whips: Friend or Foe?

“I don’t want to use a whip” is a phrase often heard by new riders who embrace our philosophy. As much as it can be frustrating as an instructor to have to repeat yourself about your teaching methods, I greatly appreciate the rider who can approach me with a question of “why?” What I hear…