After my own heart…

‘ There is an infinite pleasure in further understanding how the horse’s physique and mind effectively function. The initial move is not very difficult. It is about regarding progress as an opportunity to better ride and train and teach, instead of a challenge to one’s ego.’ Read more:    

Learn To See

By the time a horse begins to vocalize (groan) with pain IF they ever do make noise at all their situation is life threatening.  Noticing signs of pain , distress, and discomfort early on is vital in schooling and competition as well as horse keeping. Learn to see, not just look! Here are a few […]

Tricks and Treats

To demonstrate  that they were truly in communication with their mount, High School riders of the classical traditions were often challenged to perform any sequence or combination of movements their audience could think up right there and then.  Here Nuno Oliviera and his horse demonstrate their versatility: For centuries the worst insult a High School […]

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and Horse Slaughter…

I  updated this blog May 2017 because “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noël Coward The anti-horseslaughter bill is back in congress, click here I have gotten engaged in talking about horse slaughter  because while anti-slaughter activists are portrayed as ignorant, irrational, sentimentalists that […]