hoofbeat-legato:

thecityhorse:hoofbeat-legato & her OTTB west this morning in lessons! Super pleased with how well he’s coming along!!!
This morning’s lesson was definitely a workout. A few more lessons on a circle and I’m hoping we’ll be able to translate this movement with contact into using the full arena. West is starting to remember what we’re working on, though, and he’s trying so hard to get it just right for me. We’re not perfect yet, but we’ll get there!

Get rid of the idea you guys will ever achieve perfection… There are so many better things to be, like real. Look how far you’ve both come in a year…. It’s pretty incredible actually. Don’t discredit yourself or your achievements by saying what you aren’t. What you *are* is awesome for accomplishing what you have despite the green horse/green rider recipe. What you *are* is dedicated; nothing short of total dedication could accomplish what you have. It drives me nuts, how easy it is for us to focus on what we aren’t, or what we don’t have when what we are, and what we have are so fantastic.also, if you’re ride isn’t a workout, I’m not doing my job :)

hoofbeat-legato:

thecityhorse:

hoofbeat-legato & her OTTB west this morning in lessons! Super pleased with how well he’s coming along!!!

This morning’s lesson was definitely a workout. A few more lessons on a circle and I’m hoping we’ll be able to translate this movement with contact into using the full arena. West is starting to remember what we’re working on, though, and he’s trying so hard to get it just right for me. We’re not perfect yet, but we’ll get there!

Get rid of the idea you guys will ever achieve perfection… There are so many better things to be, like real.


Look how far you’ve both come in a year…. It’s pretty incredible actually. Don’t discredit yourself or your achievements by saying what you aren’t. What you *are* is awesome for accomplishing what you have despite the green horse/green rider recipe. What you *are* is dedicated; nothing short of total dedication could accomplish what you have.

It drives me nuts, how easy it is for us to focus on what we aren’t, or what we don’t have when what we are, and what we have are so fantastic.

also, if you’re ride isn’t a workout, I’m not doing my job :)

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dances-with-hooves asked:

ebola is only spread through blood and other bodily fluids.. it's not airborne like a flu. it may be very serious but it can be avoided. =]

Not airborne…. Yet ;)

http://healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/pigs-monkeys-ebola-goes-airborne-112112


I highly suggest people read the book The Hot Zone, it’s a super engaging read and gives lots of real information on Ebola. It’s nonfiction but written in a fiction style is the only way I can think to explain it.

jadeamuh asked:

ebola has been confirmed in dallas texas, please stay safe

I just heard about this, people are freaking out all over my FB feed and idk.. I guess I just figured it was bound to happen? I’m not super surprised, or really all that worried.

Thanks though! I’m not sure how to stay safe from Ebola but I’ll try!

Anonymous asked:

Do you know every single person on that street and their attitudes? No. Then you can't make assumptions like that. I just said it was a possibility. It's nice that you call me racist because I don't make dumbass assumptions about people because I dislike or disagree with them like you do. You are such a great person. Thanks for informing me of my racism. I'll make sure to go tell my family members and friends of different descents how racist I am, I think it will be news to them.

lol wut

I’ll answer you with your own question: Do you know every anon I received about this one post? Or what those anons said? No? Then why the assumption that I’m talking about you? I mean, aren’t you lecturing *me* about making assumptions?

It’s kind of telling you assume you were the racist I was talking about though…

FYI this is why I don’t like anon, no way for y’all to differentiate which anon I’m talking about. How about for once you guys stand behind your beliefs the way I stand behind mine :)

by all means though, please go announce it to your “friends of different descents” That sounds like a reasonable choice and in no way a bizarrely dramatic statement by a totally not racist person.

winewhiskeynbeer asked:

I really love the way your teach your students and train your horses. I know you get this a lot (but you've earnt it)! When I was learning how to ride I didn't know anything about horses, and everyone would go on about how 'this horse tried to throw you off and you stayed on'. Horses shouldn't do that if they are happy, and I only realised that after I got my horse. Not a very interesting comment but I just felt like saying this. :)

Thanks!!


Bucking happens for so many reasons, not just problematic riding but if bucking or poor behavior is considered a norm.. Then yeah, I would really start to question the program I was in.

gwinevak asked:

You're so inspiring. Every time you post, I smile. =] But where's the western love?! Hehehehe.

Thanks lol! I don’t have any issue with western it just doesn’t suit the intent of my riding program!

Anonymous asked:

What size boots do you need? I may be able to get some. I have a few old pairs too tha don't fit me anymore.

Most of my riders are young, small children’s sizes are what I really need most right now but *any* sizes will be helpful because I know I’ll have riders in the future who will benefit from them… These tiny kids do grow eventually!!

Anonymous asked:

I saw your comment about steel toed boots and I just wanted to tell you that it's actually MORE dangerous to wear steel toed boots around horses because if a horse steps on you while you're wearing them, the steel toe can actually clamp down around your foot.

Omfg really? Then what the heck is the point of steel toed boots???

Anonymous asked:

I cannot afford to buy and ship you boots personally, which is why I do not run a lesson program. I work full time at below minimum wage to support my one horse and it's a stretch to make ends meet even then, because I live in a very expensive part of the country. If you put up a donation link I will donate what I am able now, which is $10-$15. I know you think I'm an ass, but I actually really do only kvetch because I care and DO want people to ride and have fun and be safe around horses.

thecityhorse answered:

1. I don’t think you’re an ass, I think you were very quick to condemn a situation you aren’t part of and probably have no experience in. Do you also think vaulters need to wear boots, would you consider their footwear less than adequate? I’m certainly not saying crocs are a good choice but they aren’t worth turning the child away. It’s odd crocs were the complaint, I’ve posted a fair amount of riders in sneakers…. what’s the difference there?

2. You’re first sentence confuses me, are you implying that I shouldn’t have a lesson program if I can’t afford to personally purchase boots for all my riders? I don’t know of any barn or person that does that. 

3.  I didn’t ask you, or anyone else to buy boots, I asked for USED and/or outgrown boots. 

4. Donations links have caused me a lot of unfriendly grief, as much as I’d like to collect donations for things like that… I can’t, it’s too general a request BUT I would consider opening donations to sponsor a rider maybe? I’m not sure. 

5. My only goal is to make horses accessible, I have to take calculated risks in order to do that and allowing crocs during the first few lessons is one of those things.  

fivegaited:

prettyhorseblog:

fivegaited:

This whole thing is kind of funny to me because I’ve literally watched at least two famous riders in Iceland hop on horses in crocs when they didn’t know they’d be riding and didn’t come prepared.  It’s not the BEST footwear but by no means the end of the world.. I’ve actually been stepped on while doing barn chores in my crocs and you know, they’re surprisingly tough - I didn’t even get bruised toes.  Not that I’m recommending that everyone go get stepped on in crocs but I think had I been wearing sneakers instead of shoes made out of thick, ridged foam, my toes would have been in more danger.  Besides, lots of kids go to their first few riding lessons in less-than-ideal footwear.  I can tell you that, for my first riding lessons (at Fieldstone Show Park), I wore STEVE MADDEN BOOTS.  Yes, with the big chunky sole.  And denim overalls (It was the ’90s, people!!), man was I one stylish little 9-year-old.  After a few lessons when it was clear that I wasn’t going to quit this activity the way I had almost immediately lost interest in soccer and ballet, my parents invested in paddock boots, jods, and a helmet for me - but I can’t blame them for waiting to see if this interest would stick before shelling out a couple hundred bucks on riding clothes and shoes that I would outgrow a few months later.  I’m sure the kids will come to their next lesson with better footwear now that you’ve spoken to them but I’m with you on this one, one ride in crocs is not the end of the world and it’s not a reason to turn the kids away..

My parents did the same - they didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment for a sport I might not like, so they waited a few lessons. My first lesson was in big awkward rain boots, leggings (because my mom rode when she was a kid and figured they’d be the closest thing I owned to breeches), and a way-too-big t-shirt that I insisted on wearing because it was my only one with horses on it. imageAnd then a couple weeks later..image

thecityhorse, show this to your croc haters!!

Here’s an after picture of me in my own helmet a few months after the first pic I posted - I’m wearing my jods and paddock boots in this photo too, but they don’t show in this pic.  And how ‘bout that fleece jacket?  *STYLE*

The horse was named Barney, I looooved him… my first love <3