Wednesdays are my favorite days. In the mornings I do housework and work from home things, and then in the afternoons I go out to the farm for my riding lessons. Why riding lessons? Aren't I a professional trainer? Yes I am, and one of my core values is education. (Funny coming from someone who … Continue reading The Joy of Riding Lessons
The little blue horse I encountered in the round pen was simply shut down.His eyes alternated between vacant and worried, his body always coiled tight and ready to flee at any moment, yet he stood stock-still as if thinking any wrong move would result in punishment. Perhaps in his past, that was the case. How … Continue reading Making Contact
Keeping a well stocked emergency first aid kit is responsible horsemanship. You can buy some already stocked ones online with the basics, or you can curate your own. Below is a list of the essentials you should acquire for your equine first aid kit. Amanda Soper Equine has no affiliation with any of the brands … Continue reading Lets Talk First Aid Kits
It's so easy to take life for granted. I'm sitting in a pasture watching steam rise from the backs of grazing horses, and I'm struck by the peacefulness of it all. I'm also struck by how lucky I am that horses are a part of my life like a vein in my arm. How remarkable, … Continue reading Happy Horses
Recently, I was observing the handling of a few horses. I aim to observe through the lens of curiosity rather than judgment, though at times it's certainly a challenge. There are many different approaches to horse training, everyone does it differently. My least favorite approach is domination, sometimes called "horse breaking" which happened to be … Continue reading Are you in an Abusive Relationship with your Horse?