Monthly Archives: December 2012

Habits Are Hard to Break Even for Horses

PJ likes to throw his head up during up transitions (mainly canter transitions).  We’re pretty sure it started because when I first got him he wasn’t strong enough to get the transition without lifting his head and throwing himself into … Continue reading

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Ignore It and It Will Go Away

Last week I asked Bridget to humor me when she rode PJ.  You see, PJ always spooks at the same exact place in the ring – EVERY TIME – regardless of whether there is anything going on outside.  He doesn’t … Continue reading

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Be Still My Lower Leg

Barbara has repeatedly remarked that my lower legs hit his side with every stride.  Yeah, I know.  I’ve spent entire rides staring at the mirror and adjusting everything and anything to no get them to stop to no avail. At … Continue reading

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Another Clinic Day!!!!

On December 16, our barn hosted a clinic by Tik Maynard focused on enhancing the partnership with the performance horse.  Tik, who is head trainer at Bow Brickhill Stables, has worked in almost all sport horse disciplines, is an Equine … Continue reading

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Clinic Day!!!!

Today, my barn, RainbowRidge Equestrian Center in Ringoes, NJ hosted a clinic with Bridget Hay, who, along with her mother, Barbara Hay, operate the farm, give lessons, and provide training to dressage and event horses.  Bridget is an up-and-coming, world-class … Continue reading

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Finding My Seat – Finally

In riding, do we really learn from our mistakes? I asked myself this question today after having a great lesson.  For 30+ years I’ve been riding a certain way (albeit with definite improvements along the way).  These past two lessons … Continue reading

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My Seat Should Not be a Pendulum

Due to that freak snow storm this week I couldn’t do my normal lesson on Tuesday (see previous post), so I made it up yesterday.  It all started with PJ being a little short behind.  Barbara wanted me to push … Continue reading

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