Hopes & Dreams

May 1, 2022 If I am being completely transparent, I do not have all the answers. In fact, as things tend to go, the longer I live the more I realize the less I know. In case I ever thought I had something going for me on my own, I was given a gift thatContinue reading “Hopes & Dreams”

Relationship Based

March 29, 2022 I thought deeply about how to describe the heart of Hope Horsemanship. After much consideration I settled on “Relationship Based Horsemanship.” As I continue the journey deeper into my own herd and helping others in theirs, I see that if the relationship is working, then all things are possible. If the relationshipContinue reading “Relationship Based”

Kingdom

March 11, 2022 With the onset of spring: thawing ground, sunny days, and shedding horses, the survival mode of winter breaks into more time with the herd. It’s now been about four months that Khaleesi has been on a #nohalter break in the experiment of true choice and the challenge of me leaving my predatorContinue reading “Kingdom”

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”

What do you have going for you?

I spent the past weekend in Colfax, NC at the Piedmont Saddle Club learning as much as I could from Joe Wolter. I enrolled in this clinic in February and had hoped I might take Wyoming but I knew in my heart that she was not adequately prepared for all the pieces and parts thatContinue reading “What do you have going for you?”

Gates

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”

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”