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Improving my horsemanship by getting rid of one thing…

I’ve been thinking about mindfulness lately. Some people call it zen or a flow state. It’s that mental place where you are 100% consumed with whatever is right in front of you. In a podcast I was listening to the other day, the host was talking about getting rid of judgement as a precursor to… Continue reading Improving my horsemanship by getting rid of one thing…

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Lessons from a Mule #8- Does the mule want to be ridden?

I think equines are constantly communicating with us, whether we’re clever enough to listen or not. I’ve only been riding Ellie since this summer, just a few months, but as soon as I started I noticed some troubling signs. As soon as I would pull the saddle out of the trailer where I tack her… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #8- Does the mule want to be ridden?

Horses

The Power of Energy when Working with Horses

I don’t consider myself a super spiritual, New Age-ey kind of chick. I don’t consult a psychic or insist on Feng Shui-ing my whole house. But I do believe in energy, and there’s science to back me up. (If you want to totally blow your mind, Google “string theory” or the “Theory of Everything.” Seriously,… Continue reading The Power of Energy when Working with Horses

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Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bridleless.

After cutting her face and being unable to wear a bridle with a bit until it completely healed, I started riding Ellie in a rope halter and reins. I didn’t have much control in it because it slid around her face any time I put pressure on the reins. Riding in a rope halter is… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bridleless.

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Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bitless.

I’ve been riding my mule, Ellie, for about 4 months now. We’ve trail ridden, done an intro endurance ride, and gone camping twice. We’re still learning about each other. She exclusively neck reins and I’ve always ridden horses that direct rein. At first it was really hard to get used to, just because I’m in… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bitless.