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Do I Fix Riding Problems by Riding?

I always get a giggle when people new to clicker training ask ‘But when do I get to ride?’ Those of us who have been with Alex Kurland from the early days remember it was many clinics before we got to get on and ride…at a walk. I also remember the shock when one of […]
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Outdoor Air for Indoor Care

Maintaining fresh air, comfortable temperature, and a well-lit environment for horses and humans through our ever-changing weather is challenging but achievable and economical – the natural way. And ventilating the barn properly is not only advantages to animal health, but also building structure. The objective is to bring into the barn fresh outside air and […]
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Rockin’ Out Cross Country Style

The very first thing I should do is clarify that it was not me who was rockin’ the cross country course on Luc. But I did get to attend the lesson as spectator and official golf cart seat warmer/photographer and had a blast! It was the first time Luc has been off property this year, […]
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Eyes Up, Leg On

The old mantra from my previous coaches ran through my mind a lot this ride. Eyes up, leg on. It’s something I know I need to work on. I’ve started looking at photos of me riding a little more critically, and more often than not my eyes appear to be looking down in the photos. […]
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Spring Song Up on a Pedestal

This photo was taken Sunday. Spring Song is standing on a rotating top pedestal that has been secured so that it won’t rotate. Once Spring Song is secure in placing her hooves in the middle of the top of the pedestal we’ll put her on one that rotates very slowly. Behind her are a few […]
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Noodle Obstacle

Here are photos taken by Ron with his phone/camera. This is the first time Spring Song saw the noodle obstacle. Ron and Bill walked through it and I rode through it. I did not lead her through it first. What a filly!
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Next Challenge: Finding a Saddle to Fit It’s-All-Good

Sports psychology fascinates me, and often inspires a new line of approach on how to think about a horse, a situation, a competition ride. Proponent of positive thinking, Martin Seligmann’s definition of ‘being-in-the-zone’ has proven accurate beyond measure, and recently Robert Holden’s revoltingly titled book “Be Happy” has enough mental exercises to keep a Zen […]
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Saving Belle and Sundance

The story of the Belle and Sundance rescue was going around Canada and around the world at warp speed. Read about their story here.
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Attack of the Invisible Bugs

It seems now that we’re out of the arena and away from the invisible monsters that live there, Luc has uncovered another invisible threat – bugs. The trouble with this new form of invisible attacker is that it isn’t always invisible. In fact, sometimes the horseflies, deerflies and mosquitoes are even bombarding me as we’re […]
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Acclimatization

So, we did end up going for our first ride. Jean-Pierre took me to his son’s place, who marked trails on a map for me. I am not allowed to ride on the 20km long beach near Arromanches until after 7:00 p.m. because of the tourists. Don’t they know I would go around them? 🙂 […]