Asking Permission to Ride

Asking Permission to Ride

Earlier this week, I wrote a mini post on Instagram about the importance of asking for and receiving consent from the horse before mounting on her back to ride. Too often we force ourselves upon horses who do not want to be ridden, expecting complete control over...
The Limitations of Being “Good”

The Limitations of Being “Good”

“Now that you don’t have to be good, you can be free.”– Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert ep. 209   I heard this quote for the first time the other day, and it has been ringing through my mind ever since. It reminded me of a...
Rejection from the Horse

Rejection from the Horse

Sometimes Annie loves to hug and cuddle – sometimes she doesn’t want to be touched. It’s all okay! As long as I don’t take it personally… A horse’s body is hers to rule – she gets to decide what she does and does not want done...
Judging a Relationship

Judging a Relationship

For the horse lovers who put relationship first… So many of us try to put our relationship with the horse we love on a sliding scale. We (knowingly or unknowingly) measure the progress of our bond. “How was our relationship doing today? Did my horse want...
How Will We Be Seen

How Will We Be Seen

The more time I spend with horses the more, the more I learn from the herd, the more I understand myself, the more I realize that horses/animals do not owe us their obedience – they do not owe us their bodies to ride upon – they do not owe us submission...
Trimming Leah

Trimming Leah

Trimming Leah at liberty outside the pasture, around the barn. I remember when Leah was a baby, still quite effected by her early trauma. A farrier came out to trim her and told me that she was wild and dangerous - that she was going to need lots of force in order to...

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