Category Archives: Rider Instruction

My opinion based upon being a former riding instructor about students, riding schools, how to pick one and how to run one.

Revelations demand a choice

Revelations and breakthroughs come with a choice: you can either enter the Labyrinth and fight¬†your monster, or you can return home to your safe, ordinary life. When I’ve taught riding lessons, I’ve had student breakthroughs that were suddenly shut down … Continue reading

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Exploring (1)

When I was on LiveJournal, one of my horse acquaintances was deeply disturbed by what I’m going to write about next. He was a beginner rider who had fallen under the charismatic spell of a Cowboy Trainer who was selling … Continue reading

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My way of helping

I’ve given Z the week off due to her injury¬†but will be starting her back this week to her life under saddle. It’s one reason I’ve been so quiet on the blog – the other being we were in the … Continue reading

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Trainers play you like a fish

I have been mulling this over for almost eight months and still don’t have an answer. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no answer or advice and that I will have to continue dealing with it … Continue reading

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Defining Feel and Learning to Fly

You reach a point in your life, age-wise, that you have a lot to look back on- the same amount to look forward too, and the present seems a weird way-station of a train leaving with a train arriving. In … Continue reading

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My thoughts on my riding lessons

When we are learning to ride, it’s a linear approach. There are certain skills the beginner needs to know – bridling, saddling, grooming the horse, the aids and it’s application. During this time, we are learning the basics of our … Continue reading

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Learning Curves

I’ve had several interesting discussions with hubby and my teacher Molly, that I have been wanting to transcribe here into some sort of essay. A recent one was about teaching the intermediate rider. It’s my opinion that the beginner and … Continue reading

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