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There is one thing we could all use more of – time!

Especially when it comes to what we really enjoy, being with our horse and riding, it can seem as if we never have enough time to spend.

You may long to ride five days a week, but right now, all you can fit in is a one hour lesson. Or perhaps you envision spending hours with your horse, grooming them, doing groundwork, then going for a long ride, but in reality, you’re rushing in and out of the barn in 30 min.

We can’t create more hours in the day, and there are often other priorities in life that make taking more time for riding a non-option. However, we can change what we do with the time we have.

There is a factor more important than just the amount of time spent – the quality of that time.

In today’s video, I’ll share what I believe creates quality time and give you one simple exercise that you can use to start any ride that will allow you to get the very most out of the time you have.

One Simple Warm Up Exercise to Improve Quality Time with Your Horse - YouTube
If you struggle with anxiety around riding, the exercise I shared in the video above can be very calming as well. If you want to do even more to build your confidence as a rider, Click Here to learn about my Calm & Confident Rider program.

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No stirrups November. The month of the year that riders everywhere vow to drop their stirrups and brave the bouncing and sore legs to better their riding…

But does dropping your stirrups really help you be a better rider? Or could it actually create bad habits?
The answer depends on what you do when you drop your stirrups, I’ll explain more in this week’s video!

No Stirrups November - will it help your riding? - YouTube

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In our riding journey, just as in life, we are faced with difficult decisions…

Perhaps it is deciding whether to part with a horse that isn’t a good match
Or it’s moving to a different barn
Maybe it is going to a new instructor or trainer
Or making a big investment in a clinic, a course, or a piece of equipment, such as a new saddle.

How do you know what the best choice is, what is right for you?

This was the topic that came up at a recent clinic here at my farm, as several riders were struggling with knowing what the next step should be for them to better their riding.

We had an excellent discussion at this clinic, and I’d like to share some of the wise advice that was given.

Just hit play below.

How to Make the Toughest Decisions: Changing Horses, New Instructor, etc. - YouTube

Enrollment is Open for this Next Round of the Balanced Riding Course. As of Posting This, the Early Bird Special Still Applies

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Have you ever given the right cue, but your horse still didn’t respond?

If you’ve ever had this happen, then you know that communicating with a horse involves more than just the right position and the right cues…

To be effective, confident riders, we need to know how horses learn, so that we can better communicate what we want them to do.

Watch the video below to discover how horse’s learn and how understanding this can help you decode your horse’s behavior.

How Does Your Horse Learn? Simple Explanation of Learning & Training - YouTube

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We know that a person’s childhood and early development plays a large role in their beliefs and behavior as an adult.

Could the same be true for our horses? Does the length of time they spend with their dam, their interaction with other horses, and their early experiences shape the “horse they become?”

This is a question I’ve had for a long time, so I was excited to meet Juan Carlos Rey at the Equitation Science Conference in Rome last week and hear he is working to answer these questions.

You’ll hear my brief interview with Juan Carlos as well as with two other researchers from the conference in this week’s video.

In addition to learning about the role of early development in horses, you will also hear surprising research on horses’ use of shade during hot summers, and why we need to pay more attention to chronic pain in our horses.

Click play below to watch the video!

Nature or Nurture - Which Creates the Better Performance Horse? - YouTube
Learn more about the International Society of Equitation Science here: www.equitationscience.com

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