Category Archives: Informative Blather

The Horse’s Default

Recently, I’ve started writing monthly reports for my full training clients. Many of them don’t get to see their horses work much, so to keep in touch with their training, they’d text me for updates and I found myself texting … Continue reading

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SD Blog Hop: Feed

Spotted Dressage asked one of the most fascinating questions in the business: What do you feed and why? Despite only having passed Nutrition in my yard manager’s with 88%, feeding is a subject I’m kind of obsessed with. I think … Continue reading

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The Backing Process

I’ve started a lot more horses in the past year than ever before, and it definitely shows in the techniques I’m using now compared to early last year. I thought I’d outline the process here both to monitor its progress … Continue reading

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First Aid

*** Disclaimer – this post is not intended to give medical advice nor seek it – merely to discuss! *** I had my first fall in six months today. It was rather a relief and very minor; the last time … Continue reading

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Hearing Exavior

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in horsemanship is also the simplest: it’s all about listening. I don’t know why there’s a fashion for calling a good trainer a horse whisperer. The best trainers are well versed in silence. Able to … Continue reading

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Things I Learned in the First Year

December 28th will mark the anniversary of the arrival of our first outside liveries under the name Morning Star Stables. And what a year it’s been! The arrival of Jamaica and Zorro increased our population to sixteen or seventeen horses, … Continue reading

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Harsh Truths for the Aspiring Trainer

I see them everywhere: in tack shops, showing up wide-eyed at lessons, determinedly kicking their greenies around at shows, and in amazing numbers, all over any Q&A board or group on the Internet. And most of all, in myself and … Continue reading

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