Archive for September 2015

Entering the home stretch…

I am very much enjoying the adventure of training for the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover , and delighted to share our preparations, as Artie and I enter the final five weeks to Lexington! We have made many friends along the way… Artie attended his first A shows this month. The pressure has increased and he has worked read more…

My Makeover Journey: Navajo Bo – Beginnings

Navajo Bo was a thoroughbred yearling when I started working at Reese Ranch, a neighboring farm.  She was sold in the fall of her yearling year.  I was always checking out horses, evaluating if they were a barrel racing prospect.  That included Thoroughbreds.  Barrel racing is dominated by Quarter Horses but Thoroughbreds were crossed with read more…

Good Nutrition Brings Home the Prize

Just as we wouldn’t think of forgetting to give our horses fresh water and top-quality feed at scheduled times, we must not forget about ourselves! To be winners at any horse show, the team has to be fit. To borrow from the airline industry when we receive preflight instructions, if the oxygen mask drops, put read more…

Reduce Equine Back Pain Through Rider Core Fitness

A behind-the- scenes look at a groundbreaking study for improving rider effectiveness and equine performance   As a dressage rider with one structurally shorter leg, I sometimes worried that, without access to regular lessons in my remote area, my natural asymmetry may have caused some undesirable riding habits to creep in – and that this read more…

Finding Balance on a Horse … and in Life

I was eleven years old the first time I tried to ride a horse.  I say “tried” because it didn’t go so well. As soon as my horse started moving, I slid to one side, fell off, and sprained my wrist.  Rather than risk further humiliation or injury, I sat in the stable while the read more…

Better Balance Through Rolfing®

Riding requires us to be able to adapt to the horse as well as be able to influence the horse with our bodies. It is obvious that this requires muscular balance coordination and strength. What we are not always as aware of, is that imbalances and restrictions in our soft tissue system often reach much read more…

Jumping Street Art

I am possibly the oldest participant in the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Retired Racehorse Project Makeover this year – or ever! AND I am very excited that I will be taking part! This event will take place October 23 – 25, 2015 at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and will feature 350 horses read more…

EquiSafe US: The Premier European Fencing Company That Puts Safety Above Everything

Safety during turn-out is always a concern for horse owners. In Europe horse owners have enjoyed the benefits of EquiSafe Fencing Company‘s  innovative, attractive and safe fencing for over 30 years. This winter season, EquiSafe crosses the ocean, bringing their unique fencing design to the forefront of the American equestrian industry as EquiSafe US. Based out of read more…