• Vulnerability

      Vulnerability – Definition: the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally That right there is everything the subconscious mind of all mammals is trying to keep us from. Pain itself (although still defined in the dictionary as a sensation caused by physical damage), Continue reading »

  • Creativity can lead to better dressage.

    Trying new things can be scary and intimidating and off putting and a whole host of other synonyms for “not fun”.  It can also be one of the keys to better riding. And I’m not talking about trying a pole class if you’re a western pleasure rider; or learning classical in hand work if you 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 »

  • 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 »