Amateur Hour

Facing My Riding Anxiety

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have some serious riding anxiety. I did not start riding with this fear of horses when I…

3 years ago


The Vicious Cycle

One of my students came up to me a few weeks ago and started listing her goals for the season. Being a goal oriented person…

3 years ago


Dwell Time

Leaving my overscheduled workday behind, I’m greeted by a whinny. If I linger too long outside, the pony neighs loudly. Nearing her stall, I try…

3 years ago


The Art of Letting Go

Expectations matter. Amy Cuddy’s viral Ted Talk on “power posing” left millions clamoring: simply raising our arms above our head can trick our brains into feeling more…

3 years ago


Always Feels Like Somebody’s Watching Me

People watching you. people evaluating you. YOU in the spotlight. This type of fear is a common performance fear. For some, it’s intense and debilitating. For others, an…

4 years ago


Weight Lifting for Horses

Engagement—The act of flexing the hocks, stepping under the body, planting the hooves, and lifting. The forehand gradually becomes lighter as the hindquarters become stronger.…

4 years ago


Fear of Flying

Why do show hunters, equitation riders and horse show pleasure riders so often lope along in that “dead zone” canter? Part of the answer must…

4 years ago