Multisensory Teaching Approaches For Adaptive Riding

Did you know that although most teachers believe in the theory of different learning styles, there is no evidence for it? Rather, studies show we learn best using as many senses as possible! Today I’m excited to share this guest blog post about “Multisensory Teaching Approaches For Adaptive Riding” by Esther Schlegel. Esther is an Occupational Therapist … Continue reading

Feel The Horse’s Footsteps

Learning to feel the horse’s footsteps is a good exercise for all types of riders. I still teach some lessons to able bodied riders and we had fun working on this one yesterday, so I want to share it here. Below is a detailed explanation with some example lesson plans linked at the end – … Continue reading

Change of Bend Exercise

I had a riding lesson today (for the first time in a long time…hello continued education deadline) and we did a good little exercise I want to share. I told my instructor that because both my mare and I are out of shape, I want to start with a review of the basics (change of … Continue reading

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