With Try, There’s Hope

The story below came from one of my students, Laurie. Laurie has done such a great job with Annie, a rescue horse, that I asked her to write about her experience. I think she did a tremendous job and I hope you enjoy Annie’s story as much as I did through Laurie’s eyes. – Kirsten

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Classically Gaited

Our lesson was really awesome! the body awareness you taught me seems to be what Blaze and I needed to progress.

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Change: The Story of Grace

I know I am not alone in my struggle to override the “I’m too old” bomb because I hear those very words come out of my students regularly. If it is not in reference to themselves, then it is in reference to their 10, 12, 15 or 19 year old horses as we begin the rehab process.

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Training Rain – T Lauer

Training Rain Day 2 Wednesday, Feb. 8 Day two was surprising and pretty cool! I went out to catch Rain on my own, sans cookies or grain. I did place the halter in my hoodie pocket, so my hands were free. When I was about 10 feet away, she took off, but not too far. […]

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11.08.13: DO what WORKS

 I recently helped Jim McDonald (another local trainer that works at our equestrian center) with a clinic, and enjoyed riding with a group for the first time in a very long time. Storm and I have been progressing, and it was nice to push our boundaries again in a simple and safe environment. The clinic […]

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11.06.11: Quality, Not Quantity

Storm posture 3

Its only been 3 weeks since our last lesson since we adjusted the date to avoid the upcoming Father’s Day holiday. Being spring and early summer this is our busiest time of year. The weekend after our lesson was the Memorial Day Holiday and included a one day clinic and followed by a two day […]

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Applies to dogs?

I have a cold so I haven’t been able to ride much this last week. I was going to read so I got Ajax (my sister’s German Shepard that is staying with us for a bit) to put him on the treadmill while I sat next to him and read from my Kindle (I love […]

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BabyDoll Day 3

9 yr old Appaloosa mare. Never been broke, although incredible friendly (basically treated like a dog the last 7 years or so). Owners would like to trail ride and eventually barrel race. Day 1 and 2: Learning Frame of Mind and Round pen work on a line to get consistent forward motion. Day 3: Saddle […]

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Long line work

I have always found that ground work is worth coming back to and weaving into my program. After a basic lesson with Kirsten long lining my very forward mare, I could see how it would benefit both of my horses to begin to engage their hind ends. Well, I was amazed at the response from […]

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Then & Now: A look at 3 years of progress

When I look back at these photos the changes are stunning. Storm has developed into a beautiful well balanced horse.

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Equine Imbalance

...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

Acknowledgements

Photos Contributed by:
Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

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