Posture While Instructing Riding Lessons

We talk so much about our rider’s posture, but what about our own while we teach, standing the arena and moving in the barn day after day? I’ve been thinking a lot about how I stand and move while doing the same things day after day at home with kids, because when I don’t think … Continue reading

A Few Links: March 2019

To everyone in the Northern Hemisphere: Happy Spring & Shedding Season! Public Service Announcement: Don’t wear fleece for the next 2 months. Sorry the blog has been so quiet – 2 young kids and multiple colds and rough nights really cuts out free time. However, there are some links I’ve been wanting to share with … Continue reading

Barn Tour: Haku Baldwin Center

I have another barn tour to share with you! Unfortunately I had to go all the way to Hawaii for this one, so I hope you appreciate all my hard work basking in the sun and drinking pina coladas. Actually, it poured half the time, but I managed to slip away to visit a therapeutic … Continue reading

2018 State of the Blog Report

This post is a yearly report on the blog because I find this sort of thing interesting and encouraging. If you find it boring, move on! haha 2018 was a big year for this blog, although I’m not sure why because I did not post nearly as often! Between having a newborn and toddler and … Continue reading

Xenophon’s Sensory Trail

I LOVE sensory trails, and when I visited Xenophon Therapeutic Riding last week, I was so excited to see their sensory trail with many obstacles I hadn’t seen before! I made a barn tour post about their property and program (if you missed it, click here!) but decided the sensory trail deserved a post of its … Continue reading

Barn Tour: Xenophon

In this post I’m going to share my visit to the program Xenophon in Orinda, CA! This is not a comprehensive description of their program, but rather I’ll share the things I found most interesting and inspiring. I met Lindsay, who works at Xenophon, at the PATH Intl Conference in San Diego about 4 years ago (we lunged … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Communication Strategies

We are nearing the end of the teaching techniques series based on handouts that I’ve given Instructor in Training. This post is on the basic communication strategies you can use for most riders. These notes are compiled from various workshops and seminars. I don’t think it’s comprehensive, but it’s helpful! Enjoy! Teaching Techniques: Communication Strategies Here … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Task Analysis

I’m back! Sorry that one month “maternity leave” from the blog turned into three! There’s definitely less free time available when you have a reflux baby AND a toddler. But I’m hoping to sneak in some blogging time now that things are settling down. I really want to finish up this teaching techniques series, so … Continue reading