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“We have one basic rule: You can’t quit trying,” Kathy Baar said, verbalizing to us what she was communicating to the horse in front of her. “You can be wrong; it can be...
Fear is something I see every day. Not so much in myself (more on that in a sec), but as a teacher of amateur people, many of whom either aren’t young or started riding as...
Cairo and I were going around the arena at a lazy canter, the one you just kind of sit to and relax. Cairo isn’t always relaxed, so I was enjoying it as we finished our...
I do night check at my stable roughly 365 days per year. (Especially if the year happens to be 2020, and there’s nothing else to occupy my time because of COVID-19.) Without...
I volunteered to go to the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI4*-S (North Carolina) because I need to work on my grooming skills, and why not get experience...
Chances are, if you are one of the crazy people who get to the horse show at 4:30 a.m. to longe a horse, you have seen incorrect longeing. Maybe it’s a horse that has been...
In the past few months, I’ve had two horses that meant a great deal to me pass away. The first was Sparkles, a 391/2-year-old Morgan pony mare who belonged to friends of my...
When I purchased Quill sight unseen from an ad I saw on Dreamhorse, it never quite seemed real. Even when he walked into the stable, just as calm and level-headed as advertised,...
I was newly married, for the first time, at age 40. Just prior to the wedding, the psychiatry group practice I was working for closed. My boss, the psychiatrist who started the...
This blog was originally published on the National Sporting Library & Museum website and was reprinted in its entirety with permission. One of the most awkward and...
There is a story my mom likes to tell from when I was 6 years old. I was starting the first grade, and with my school work ramping up, it was clear that I needed to prioritize my...
Winter got you down? Here's a song for you, to be sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things." Eight layers of barn clothes and useless wet mittens The idiot barn cat...

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