Saddle Up Horsemanship

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway

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I stay right beside my students until they are confident on their own. I will challenge and encourage them to do everything on their own - but I will not push them beyond what they are ready for.
I stay right beside my students until they are confident on their own. I will challenge and encourage them to do everything on their own - but I will not push them beyond what they are ready for.

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First things first: always flex and stand still when you first get on. This reassures your horse you won’t instantly be asking for movement, eliminating that frustrating wiggle worm of a horse as you try to mount. :)
First things first: always flex and stand still when you first get on. This reassures your horse you won’t instantly be asking for movement, eliminating that frustrating wiggle worm of a horse as you try to mount. :)

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15 Days until books open to schedule summer lesson students! Books open April 1st, new students begin in May. More details about days and times to follow. For the next 15 days, enjoy daily photos and training tips and get excited about your summer full of horsemanship!
Tacking up - Saddle Up Horsemanship students are expected to learn to do everything on their own. I want to give my students the confidence to build a relationship with a horse on their own - eventually being able to do everything confidently with out my assistance.

15 Days until books open to schedule summer lesson students! Books open April 1st, new students begin in May. More details about days and times to follow. For the next 15 days, enjoy daily photos and training tips and get excited about your summer full of horsemanship!

Tacking up - Saddle Up Horsemanship students are expected to learn to do everything on their own. I want to give my students the confidence to build a relationship with a horse on their own - eventually being able to do everything confidently with out my assistance.

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Congrats to Cordelia on an excellent first horsemanship lesson day! This little girl has the passion…not many people can keep up with my desire to be around horses all the time, but Cordelia - she is going to give me a run for my money. We were out there from 10:30am to 4:30pm and she was still going strong. She is a natural, exceptional feel and timing for a beginner…I can’t wait to work more with this girl!

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A Rider’s Prayer

Dearest Creator in Heaven,

Give me strength to guide my horse. Make my hands soft and my head clear. Let my horse understand me and I him. My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals. Let me never lose sight of it. My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them. Let that need never lessen. Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head. Always my my throat tightened at the sound of a gentle nicker. Le the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to me. Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile. I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm. The grace and splendor of a running horse. The thunder of its hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar. Let it always be so. Dearest Creator grand me patience, for horses are harnessed wind, and wind can be flighty. Let me not frighten or harm them. Instead show me ways to understand them. Above all, dear Creator, fill my life with them. When I pass from this world, send my soul to no heaven without them. For this love you have given me graces my existence and I shall cherish it and praise you for it all time. - Author Unknown

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“There are only two ways to communicate: effectively and ineffectively. Effective communication is a key component to healthy relationships, and it starts with you—and it’s time to shake it up.”―Terri Cole
It’s the key to a healthy relationship with your horse as well! Let’s learn how to communicate clearly - starting with ourselves.