Kim’s Blog

Many people view horses as pets. Others see them as tools. Most see them as inferior beings whose purpose is to serve us. More and more folks, however, are beginning to agree with native cultures, whose belief is that all beings on the planet are equal. And that these creatures have much Wisdom to teach us. This is my way of sharing with you the lessons horses have given me so freely.

Cross Country Training Tips

1. First and foremost, invite your horse to be your partner. You do not want to be on top of a totally submissive machine awaiting instructions while you are galloping along undulating ground facing solid obstacles in uncertain footing. You want to be on a horse who...

Thoughts on Modern vs Past Eventing – Part 1, 2014

I get asked for my thoughts on this topic quite often. Honestly, I think courses before my day (early to mid1980's) were more dangerous as far as the types of questions asked, flimsy construction of fences, and the terrain where they were built. It was expected,...

Thoughts on Modern vs Past Eventing – Part 2, 2017

The continuing deaths of both horses and riders have yet again called into sharp awareness the fact that our sport is in need of help. Jonathon Holling really nailed it in his article in the April 25, 2016 issue of the Chronicle, “When is Enough Enough?”. If you...

Magic Moments

The roar of folks celebrating your success, an accolade from a respected instructor or friend, seeing your and your horse’s names/ photos in a magazine—any of these can swell our hearts and make us feel pride, happiness, perhaps fulfillment. Nothing, however, makes my...

Don’t Jump in that Pool

I frequently see a theme in my teaching trips, and it’s one I’ve found that tends to show up in all relationships where humans are involved. The rider comes in each day expecting and already defending against certain actions they have come to expect from their horse,...
Love, Trust, and Soaring

Love, Trust, and Soaring

I have always loved this photo by Elizabeth Preznikoff. It speaks to something in the heart…that dream all us horse girls have had of the winged white horse who comes to us, invites us to mount, and carries us off through the air to the fulfillment of all our wishes....

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Cross Country Training Tips

Cross Country Training Tips

1. First and foremost, invite your horse to be your partner. You do not want to be on top of a totally submissive machine awaiting instructions while you are galloping along undulating ground facing solid obstacles in uncertain footing. You want to be on a horse who...

read more
Thoughts on Modern vs Past Eventing – Part 1, 2014

Thoughts on Modern vs Past Eventing – Part 1, 2014

I get asked for my thoughts on this topic quite often. Honestly, I think courses before my day (early to mid1980's) were more dangerous as far as the types of questions asked, flimsy construction of fences, and the terrain where they were built. It was expected,...

read more
Thoughts on Modern vs Past Eventing – Part 2, 2017

Thoughts on Modern vs Past Eventing – Part 2, 2017

The continuing deaths of both horses and riders have yet again called into sharp awareness the fact that our sport is in need of help. Jonathon Holling really nailed it in his article in the April 25, 2016 issue of the Chronicle, “When is Enough Enough?”. If you...

read more
Magic Moments

Magic Moments

The roar of folks celebrating your success, an accolade from a respected instructor or friend, seeing your and your horse’s names/ photos in a magazine—any of these can swell our hearts and make us feel pride, happiness, perhaps fulfillment. Nothing, however, makes my...

read more
Don’t Jump in that Pool

Don’t Jump in that Pool

I frequently see a theme in my teaching trips, and it’s one I’ve found that tends to show up in all relationships where humans are involved. The rider comes in each day expecting and already defending against certain actions they have come to expect from their horse,...

read more

Gideon’s Messages

An Introduction to Gideon’s Messages

Gideon showed me very early on that he was very attuned to not only the physical world, as a stallion should be, but also to humans and their emotional states, not to mention that of the world in general. It took quite a bit of getting used to, and he was patient yet...

On the Subject of Mud

While sitting in my meditation chair, an image of Gideon came into my head, stepping high as he mindfully and carefully walked through the unbelievably deep mud we are experiencing at the moment.  As I was wondering why that image popped in, he began to expound on his...

On Being a Champion

Kim and I have both been champions in competition, and it sure feels good to know that we have done our very best. However, that is not the type of champion that I am talking about here. I mean the word in the sense of an action: to champion another. To hold the space...
“Every decision you make — every decision that you make every second — is not a decision about what to do, it is a decision about who you are. Every act is an act of self-definition.”
— Neale Donald Walsch

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