Category Archives: Riding

SWR Blog: Horsing Around with Harmoni – Snuffy

  Every lesson program needs that one horse, that no matter how new a rider is, will make them feel comfortable.  And at Stormwalker Ranch that horse is SNUFFY.” Having begun his riding career as a hot-headed racehorse, it seemed unlikely that Snuffy would turn out to be the horse that would walk as slow as possible […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Indescribable Moments

A very influential man in my life once said: A good horse will lend you its speed, agility and strength when you ask for it; but a great horse will lend you its spirit when yours is broken.” Those words have stuck with me through many years, even during my more than 10-year break from […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: The Confidence Win

This was a “confidence win”… In my instruction, I employ a number of teaching methods, but they all have common goal: to help people learn and practice the skills required not only sustain themselves through the hard times, but also to pursue their dreams in life. For my students, horses can be their dream-makers, and […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Do it from the left, right?

It’s a widely accepted “rule” that horses should be haltered, led, saddled, bridled and mounted from the left side. But, why? Now, it’s true that halters generally buckle on the left side. Ok. We tighten our cinch on the left side. There’s that. And since the majority of people are right-handed, it’s just more comfortable […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Driving from the Rear

It’s always necessary to give credit where due. California clinician Dennis Reis always teaches: An  amateur rides the front of the horse. A horseman rides from the hind end forward.”  I began to teach this principle on the ground with our Stormwalker Ranch students riders last spring and was amazed at how quickly they were […] Continue Reading...

Seat to Four Feet: Ankle Pain

…relieving pressure on both you and your equine partner.” One of the most common physical issues I hear from my riders as they begin working at higher levels of their equestrian adventure is “My ankles are hurting.” In fact, I too have complained of such pain while trotting, cantering and even at the walk over the years. In […] Continue Reading...