Tattletale Reins

Today I tried riding with split reins and realized how tattletale reins can really be! (Please excuse the poor picture of attempted recreation post-ride – there’s no way to take a photo of both your hands unless you have help!) First off, let me encourage you to try some new riding way – if you’re … Continue reading

Keep a Notebook and the Self Evaluation

I was cleaning up my office yesterday and came across all my notebooks from when I was in instructor training. Full of notes! In the spirit of spring cleaning I tore out all the ones I thought would make good [easy fast] blog posts and tossed the rest. But it got me thinking how helpful … Continue reading

Podcasts: Learning while you drive (and ride!)

Is Spring here yet? I recently came across this nice podcast, Daily Strides, which comes out weekly with a new topic about horseback riding and explains it in a way that is easy to understand. I was hooked by episode 1025, “Working Toward a Consistently Better Quality Trot”. Daily Strides is a great resource for lesson … Continue reading

The Training Wheel

This blog post is something that’s been floating around in my head for a long time now. Ever since reading “The Dressage Training Pyramid for Mere Mortals”, I’ve been thinking about how there’s so many more components involved in the typical USDF Pyramid of Training than just one triangle can tell! So I’ve created this … Continue reading

Vision Therapy and Riding

After the last post about CVI, I received a submission of an article of another sort related to visual processing and therapeutic riding. This is a piece that Brittany Halstead of ReplayPolo wrote for PATH Intl.’s quarterly magazine STRIDES to be published in the spring, so you get a sneak peek! 🙂 She hopes it will … Continue reading

Cortical Visual Impairment Adaptations

I recently had a reader write me for ideas about a rider with CVI – Cortical Visual Impairment. Although I have not had a rider with CVI before, I did write back with my initial reactions, which I wanted to share here in case anyone finds it useful, and open it up to additional suggestions … Continue reading

2017 State of the Blog Report

This is a super belated annual New Year’s post reporting how the blog did in 2017 and a few updates! I think these are fun because it shows me the community of people out there and hopefully helps you feel a part of the bigger world network of therapeutic riding instruction. 2017 State of the … Continue reading

New Page for Certification & Lesson Planning

Happy New Year! …a bit belatedly. Sorry I haven’t posted in so long. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this is it: I’m sure you can relate. I’ve also been working on a new index-type page just for certification and lesson planning. A “page” is basically a post whose title and link is … Continue reading

Schooling of Therapy Horses

I realize that there is a gap in my blog regarding the care of therapy horses. I would like to do some more blog posts about this and have the perfect opportunity from a reader question! She writes: “I am looking to redo how my center does the schooling of our lesson horses. … I … Continue reading