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Saddle Fitting with our Newest Team Member

I was going to write this week in response to a Q&A I read in a magazine recently “Can a Wide Backed Horse Hurt my Hips?” but I will leave that topic for a future blog, since I had to share with you the story my newest Client Success Manager Sarah Ellis (see pic!) from […]
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Meet America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred

A friend sent me this video “Meet America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred”. It was so refreshing to see someone doing the things we do with our horses! The video of the winner’s freestyle appears way down on the page in the link below. The competition’s winner, Lindsey Partridge, lives in Pontypool, Ontario which isn’t all that […]
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Yoga at 95

Here’s Val Willis illustrating yoga on horseback for her 95th birthday.
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Kimberly Garvis Working Equitation Clinic

Since 2009 Kimberly Garvis has come to Winsong Farm to present Working Equitation Clinics. We now have a permanent outdoor obstacle course. We also have matching obstacles that we can set up in the indoor arena. Working Equitation attracted me because of the harmony between horse and rider. With no obvious cues the team goes […]
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Saddle Fit and Saving Money

I cannot believe how quickly the summer is passing us by. It seems the older I get, the faster time goes. Does anyone else notice this? It’s almost time for back to school and if you are parents like me, it’s a stressful time with budgeting and buying stuff for the kids going back. My […]
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‘A’nother Day of the Challenge

I’m using the ‘A’ on the wall made out of chalk and the ‘A’ I printed in Magic Marker on the light green box. Every horse went to the box or the wall when asked. I’m still positioning myself relatively close (within three feet) of the ‘A’ on the wall. The box can be quite […]
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Zeloso’s Rear

. When I look at that left hind hoof with perhaps a smidgeon of the toe on the ground…most of Zeloso’s weight is being carried by the RIGHT hind. Or, perhaps, his weight (like his body) is lifting upwards and Zeloso is very light on his hind hooves.
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Morning Snooze

Here is a lovely shot Dominique took of the boys snoozing.
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The Early Bird Gets the Worm

They say the early bird gets the worm – or in my case, the entire arena to myself. This week I was at the barn bright and early for my ride (sorry barn owners!). The sun was just stating to rise, and I was hoping for a spectacular show so I could get some stunning […]
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The Reins as a Line of Communication

There are many subtle nuances within a well developed horse and rider partnership.  I can recognize when time and patience has been of value when the reins maintain a soft, light connection  between horse and rider. Every rider takes responsibility for holding onto this “line of communication”, but how do they know if they are holding […]
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Divergent Theories on Saddle Fitting

There are many opinions and theories on saddle fitting. Occasionally, we have even heard riders say “I have been using my saddle for x number of years. It fits me perfectly and fits every horse I use.” I have to really bite my tongue on that one, but usually just manage to smile and say […]
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Spot-the-Marmoog – The New Christmas Party Game for all the Family!

A couple of posts ago, I remarked that anyone who searched randomly through the FEI database was likely, within 20 minutes, to chance upon a horse whose provenance did not stack up. This followed revelations about the failed FEI investigation into whether dressage horse Wily Earl and the three-years-younger Golden Coin were one and the same, […]
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Solve Common Position Flaws Over Fences with Hyde Moffat

Riding well is the ability to use aids independently that together function to create a solid and effective position. Here, Hyde Moffat takes us through five common position flaws over fences and his favourite troubleshooting exercises. ìRiding is a little bit like a painting,î he explains. ìWhen all the elements come together it can be a masterpiece, but separately it may not be that great at all. The leg, hand, eye, and seat work together to produce the masterpiece, but when one element goes out, it can effect all the others.î 1