Why Do I Ride?

If we never examine or give thought to our lives or the reasons why we do things, we are at the mercy of our reactions and whims. The subject of thinking, truly giving thought, is on my mind frequently. I don't think we as a species are taught to mindfully think about all that much, … Continue reading Why Do I Ride?

A Happy Mare

Breathing in the fresh morning air, clear and crisp, a peaceful mareReady to munch on piles of hay, nothing to do but enjoy the dayEasy and slow, all feels right, feelings of safety through the nightA nicker, a whinny, her friends do call, beckoning her to come from her stallTogether they wander through the fields, … Continue reading A Happy Mare

The Joy of Riding Lessons

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

Making Contact

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

Lets Talk First Aid Kits

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