The Weight of the Reins

How much do your reins weigh? Well this could be a deeply metaphorical image for getting your life under control but fear not….I am just talking about the reins in your hands when you ride a horse. In dressage the ultimate goal is to have the contact with the horse so light that you only…

Persist! Press On!

Press on! Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unrewarded talent. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence alone is omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge. Since I returned from Florida a number of friends have congratulated me on winning the Adult Amateur…

Hot Climate or Cold Climate?

“We got through the summer!” This was a comment I heard on a sheep station in central Australia years ago. I thought that in many parts of Canada we talk about ‘getting through the winter’. When I heard the Australian speaking about getting through the summer I thought I would rather ‘get through’ heat than…

Of Poles and Pitchforks…

Riding while holding a pitchfork full of manure? How does that work? Let me explain. How do ride holding a pitchfork. 1.This is photo of me holding an actual pitchfork minus the manure! The way you do this while riding is to IMAGINE you are holding a pitchfork. And the pitchfork comes out of your…