Hope Horsemanship

What if?

Winter finally came and we are buried in the tundra for now. This gives me a little time to share some of the recent experiments with the Hope Horsemanship (HH) herd. I wrote last time about my true choice experiment (Illusion of choice). I’ve been tagging it #nohalters. Thankfully this time of year there isn’tContinue reading “What if?”

The Illusion of Choice

I ran into a friend recently who asked: are you riding a lot lately? I had to answer honestly: no. Oddly I felt like I had to clarify the answer to explain, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time with the horses, but no… I’m not riding. I have pressed into a season whereContinue reading “The Illusion of Choice”

The Wild One

Khaleesi was the first horse I started. She was what I’d consider basically feral. She was intentionally bred then born on a massive mountain property and handled minimally spending her first four year running with a large herd. I thought she would be the perfect project for me- a horse without a lot of humanContinue reading “The Wild One”


Wyoming is in boarding school this month… For various reasons she is in a field by herself temporarily (about a month) and though at first it was a necessary transition, I quickly came to see it as an opportunity to spend some focused time with her while she wasn’t “on the job” with a herd.Continue reading “Gates”

Have Mercy on Me

Yesterday things didn’t go as planned. At all. I had a 22 mile training ride and we embarked up the mountain. I thought that climb up little mare would be the hardest part- but continuing onward out of trappers lodge the next few miles were a tangled mess that I had to hike through andContinue reading “Have Mercy on Me”

Alternate Universe

So far my greatest teacher has been my mustang mare Wyoming. I’m a “goal oriented” type and tend to be good at moving forward toward progress. Of course our greatest strengths can also be our greatest weaknesses; with Khaleesi, this goal setting personality and refusal to quit the relentless march toward progress paid off. IContinue reading “Alternate Universe”

Failing Forward

Originally Published April 19, 2021 Hope and Iva are doing fantastic. They took their first solo ride on the property last week. The plans for Hope were somewhat loose at first, and I am pleased that instead of me doing the work to bring Hope around to a new way of life, I’ve been ableContinue reading “Failing Forward”


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