Dealing with nerves is unfortunately just part of riding. Every single rider out there, even Olympians, feel nervous at times. Whether it's a cold day and your horse feels on the verge of blowing up, or you're cantering down to a fence worrying about seeing a distance, most riders will react by holding their breath or taking small shallow breaths. The problem with that is ...Read More
This blog post comes to you from a hotel room in La Quinta as I'm getting ready to compete at HITS Coachella this week. Horse shows are fun...but they can also be stressful! How many times have you gotten to a horse show and realized you forgot something at home? My secret weapon is...Read More
Summer starts in exactly 17 days, and if you're anything like me, you know that we're fast approaching the time of year that brings long sunny days, trips to the beach -- and -- the season when horse addiction is at its worst. This is primarily due to 3 things: Warm weather. Horse shows. Outdoor riding.
This will be the first summer I'll have a horse of my own in 5 long, terrible, horseless years and I can already feel the addiction pulling me in deeper. The weather has been beautiful the last few weeks (for Seattle) and I've found myself spending a ridiculous amount of time at the barn. Lately I've been grazing Toes nearly every day (spoiled horse), and his yellowy-gray coat is looking whiter because he's getting more baths (he's not too happy about this part), and even my tack is getting more attention as I look for reasons to linger at the barn.
Speaking of my horse Toes, I don't think I've given him a proper introduction. Here's the rundown: the name Toes is a mystery but somehow it suits him perfectly, he's nearly 10 years old but acts like a 4 year old more often than I'd like (he is half Thoroughbred), he has a huge personality and is as addicted to horse cookies as I am to chocolate chip cookies (for a Toes approved horse cookie recipe click here), and I leased him for several months last year before taking the plunge and buying him a little over a month ago. Oh, and I think he's absolutely amazing, and yes I know I'm biased. But isn't he pretty?...Read More
I've been riding and competing in jumpers (and in the past eventing and dressage) for over 20 years now. Sometimes I joke that this sport is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous - and that I've been trying to quit for years - but let's be honest, us horse addicts know that trying to quit is just a wasted effort.
So fellow horse lovers, join me and stay tuned for weekly blog posts. My goal is to share riding tips and advice I've accumulated from training and competing in several different countries (different places definitely have different ways of doing things!) under the tutelage of some of the sport's top Olympians and Grand Prix riders. I'll also be...Read More