Get Outdoors

Why You Should Force Your Kids to Go Outside, Even if They Whine…

Getting outside is one of the most healing and restorative acts you can do for yourself. It’s good for your body to get moving, and it’s good for your soul to be out among the trees and wildlife. That’s not just sentiment; there’s science to back it up. See The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes… Continue reading Why You Should Force Your Kids to Go Outside, Even if They Whine…

Horses

There’s no such thing as a bombproof horse.

I love reading horse ads. What people say and don’t say is very telling. Some people are honest to a fault; some people tell lie after lie. I love horses and would have one in every size and color if I could afford it, so even though I’m not in the market, I still like… Continue reading There’s no such thing as a bombproof horse.

Horses

The Power of Energy when Working with Horses

I don’t consider myself a super spiritual, New Age-ey kind of chick. I don’t consult a psychic or insist on Feng Shui-ing my whole house. But I do believe in energy, and there’s science to back me up. (If you want to totally blow your mind, Google “string theory” or the “Theory of Everything.” Seriously,… Continue reading The Power of Energy when Working with Horses

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Lessons from a Mule #7- The Mule is Not a Dog.

I think my biggest mistake in working with my horses is that I take things too personally. I make lots of mistakes, and I’m forever learning better ways to work with my equines, but the biggie for me is that I get my feelings hurt when they don’t behave. I take it as a personal… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #7- The Mule is Not a Dog.

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Lessons from a Mule #6- If you give a mule a choice…

I recently read a blog post that blew my mind. I came across it while lying in bed playing with my phone at 2 a.m. because I couldn’t sleep after having a really rotten day. Let me tell you about my day. . . I had planned to ride Miss Mule in a Christmas parade,… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #6- If you give a mule a choice…

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bridleless.

After cutting her face and being unable to wear a bridle with a bit until it completely healed, I started riding Ellie in a rope halter and reins. I didn’t have much control in it because it slid around her face any time I put pressure on the reins. Riding in a rope halter is… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bridleless.

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bitless.

I’ve been riding my mule, Ellie, for about 4 months now. We’ve trail ridden, done an intro endurance ride, and gone camping twice. We’re still learning about each other. She exclusively neck reins and I’ve always ridden horses that direct rein. At first it was really hard to get used to, just because I’m in… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule- Ellie goes bitless.