Best Horse-Week 9: Collection at Walk, Trot, and Lope

  • By Kathe
  • August 23, 2014
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One thing I’ve learned is that gaining collection does not happen over night and it’s real easy to lose!  One must stay mindful.  That’s the hard part.  I find it … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 8: Sitting the Lope, Loping Circles

  • By Kathe
  • August 21, 2014
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Loping our horses is not something we trail riders do very often.  For me, certainly not often enough! It seems that in order for a horse to be good at loping we … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 7: Tolerates Other Horses & Rides Alone

  • By Kathe
  • August 15, 2014
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Nickel isn’t always nice when other horses pass by on the trail.  He’ll dance around but his really bad habit is laying his ears back.  The basis for this behavior with … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 6: Stands Still While I’m…

  • By Kathe
  • August 6, 2014
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Taking pictures, talking to friends, letting others pass on the trail, getting a drink of water while riding, well, you get the picture; my horse doesn’t always want to stand … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 5: Backs up with Energy

  • By Kathe
  • July 30, 2014
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Wow, here it is Week 5 and I’m having trouble keeping up already!  I’m blaming it on the heat because in the cool spells we’ve had I’ve been diligent.  When … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 4: Stops on Whoa!

  • By Kathe
  • July 17, 2014
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When a horse is taught correctly even a little tiny girl like this one can ride, guide and stop a horse. Fail to use a method to teach a horse to stop and … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 3: Travel in a Straight Line

  • By Kathe
  • July 10, 2014
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Boy is it frustrating when you are trying to ride across a wide open space and you have to constantly readjust your horses direction.  Sometimes it can be like trying … Continue Reading →


Best Horse-Week 2: Transitions in Speed

  • By Kathe
  • July 3, 2014
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I’m really anxious to work on transitions. It’s just plain exasperating on the trail when you have to either trot to keep up or keep slowing your horse down.  I … Continue Reading →


Best Horse – Week 1 – Groundwork

  • By Kathe
  • June 27, 2014
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  Alot of people I know don’t do groundwork with their horse.  They don’t see the use for it first of all and secondly it may seem like a waste … Continue Reading →


Can I Do This?

  • By Kathe
  • June 26, 2014
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First thing that popped into my mind this morning when I woke up was “OMG, there is no way I’m going to be able to ride my horse four days … Continue Reading →