• 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »