2016 Goals: Nell

Oh, Nell. It’s just kind of unfair to have a horse like Nell in your life. You sit down to look at her goals and sort of go, “Well…” because this horse is schooling and showing higher level Novice, and she just turned five. For the record, in our country, that’s kind of on track […]

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2016 Goals: Exavior

Exavior is one of my biggest learning curves at this point. It’s true – warmbloods are a different kettle of fish. I had always thought that they must be rather like large, glorified thoroughbreds, but there is definitely an extra element of power – and pushiness – with them. The sheer size factor is also […]

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2016 Goals: Magic

More than any of the others, I’ve learned to make Magic’s goals flexible. Force isn’t an option with him, but he’s made so much progress nonetheless that just going with the flow seems to work for him. Nevertheless, we shall make a plan, if only so that we can do the exact opposite. Magic’s 2015 […]

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Undeserving

“I don’t deserve him.” “Stop that,” the Mutterer opined, “and get back on the freaking horse.” It was a year after I had started leasing Magic and we were having a tough lesson. The combination we were jumping was just big enough to make me nervous; I kept trying to make him jump the way […]

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