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“If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or you asked the question wrong.”

                                                                              –Pat Parelli

I’ve determined that my drifting speed demon canter problems are mostly a result of Shiloh’s under-conditioned hind quarters and lack of balance. 841 more words



Friday, February 12, 2016

After racking up almost 50 miles last week on Khaleesi – we took advantage of mild weather and some available time that doesn’t always come so easily… This week is for some healing and recovery. 167 more words

Water Horse

When I set out to draw something in particular these days, I end up browsing Pinterest for reference pictures, and end up working off of one or two. 141 more words


Excellent Together

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I arrived at the barn hoping for two things.

#1 that Khaleesi wasn’t lame or off from her kicking/slipping episode.

#2 that she wouldn’t walk away from me to show she was looking for that ever elusive relationship ‘space’ when things aren’t going so well. 1,442 more words


Yes I bet you guessed! I am going to show pictures of how my riding/seat has improved over the last 2 years. The first is 2014, the second 2015 and the third 2016. 330 more words

A little bit about bits

One thing you’ll see here at the ranch is people riding in halters instead of bridles. This is not because we have anything against bridles. Rather, we use the halters with rope reins to help the students learn how to use their hands softly and politely.  248 more words

Natural Horsemanship

Bluebirdbliss is now managing Yanley Farm Livery Yard

It has finally happened! The thing I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. I’ve taken on a livery yard and am about to become an earth keeper and equine guardian. 262 more words