• Voyaging.

    3.5 min read I have been listening to Robert Macfarlane’s book The Old Ways this week. For a grounded wanderer and aspiring long distance traveller like me, his descriptions of the ancient British thoroughfares of land and sea are better than any day dream.  One of my main joys in endurance riding is discovering new Continue reading »

  • Looking good

    As humans, our eyes are currently our primary method of assessing the world around us.  So much emphasis is placed on how things look.  I sometimes wonder if this isn’t at the expense of some of our other senses. As a bodyworker I use my sense of touch as I palpate, my hearing as a Continue reading »

  • So many schools, do all roads lead to Rome?

    The world of riding has more divisions and subsets than all the religions of the world.  OK, so that’s not a proven fact but it certainly seems that way to me.  In my specialist area of classical dressage there so many different schools. That is, in part, the nature of the beast. Classical work has Continue reading »

  • The ugliest shoulder in

    Competitive dressage and traditional biomechanics have led us to a place where there is “correct movement” and “incorrect movement”. Lots of us pay good money each weekend to be judged on our skills at “correctness”. And yet did you know that the repetition of a narrow band of even the most “correct movements” is actually Continue reading »

  • We study what we are

    We study what we are I heard this phrase while listening to Dr Shanté Cofield’s Movement Maestro podcast. My ear drums are subjected to as much Little mix and the Hamster song as my kids can force upon me, at least twice a day on the school run. So, as soon as I’ve kissed them Continue reading »

  • Fear – life skills for riding II

    It may seem like for a blog about horses, I write a lot about what is going on inside the person. The trouble is the horses are so perceptive they see all our Stuff, and quite often reflect it right back at us. That’s why horses are such great teachers. Just look at the rise Continue reading »

  • Gratitude, life skills for riding.

    Some people find the Polly Anna complex, the art of always finding the positive in everything, very annoying. However, studies are starting to show the benefits of gratitude on a range of health topics from sleep to heart health. I have been actively practicing gratitude and also compassion for a number of years.  I have found Continue reading »

  • Resistances – can they help us?

    I spent all last week not riding because of the rain. I found a million other things to do to convince myself I was simply too busy to ride.  Well I truly know that “too busy” is in fact internal shorthand for “not enough of a priority”. As it neared the end of the week, Continue reading »

  • What exactly is it that I do?

    There are many different schools of bodywork available these days.  Each has its’ own strengths and it is amazing to have so much choice. I have tried many different techniques and decided to train in those I found most effective both to use and receive.  However, the techniques I chose are not always the most Continue reading »