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SWR Blog: Some Horses are a Little Sassy!

Post Image A singular day with a little Paso Fino named Esé. I went on a trail ride with my coworkers, Lisa and Jon, who are amazing horsemen. Then there is me, still learning all about having quiet energy and soft feel with my horse.  Both of these can be quite hard to achieve when your atop a hot-blooded Peruvian steed. […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: A Commonly Disregarded Principle

Post Image I can touch you, but you can’t touch me” In my studies over the years with a variety of clinicians whom I admire–like Dennis Reis, I have found that they teach a full set of basic principles that apply, without fail, to all humans and to all horses everywhere. The principle is “I can touch […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Are you listening?

There’s a reason God gave us one mouth and two ears.” There is far more to communicating with horses than just learning how to “talk” to them. After all, communication isn’t a monologue, it’s a two-way street. We need to make sure we are really listening at least as much, if not more, than we […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Struggling with “Forward”

Many of us often hear this phrase: “You need more forward!” However, developing “forward” in the arena can be both difficult and frustrating, as you work on your daily horsemanship goals. While entering the Cowboy Dressage court for competition, my horse and I have struggled with this exact problem. Yet, the same horse that showed no forward on the way in has so […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Exercises for the Equestrian

PHYSICAL FITNESS is one of the keys to good horsemanship, whether it be the equine partner of the pair or the human partner.  There are numerous exercises out there advertised to make you an “amazing” rider. But in case you don’t want to spends hours researching, here are a few of my favorite types of exercises for Equestrians: […] Continue Reading...

SWR CD SCHOOLING SHOW

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“Let’s Ride!” Vidcast: 004 – “What Knot To Do”

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“Let’s Ride!” Vidcast: 003 – “Energy”

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“Let’s Ride!” Vidcast: 002 – “Straightness”

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“Let’s Ride!” Vidcast: 001 – “Neutral Leg Contact”

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