Dare To Do Something Unexpected With Your Horse

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. Friedrich Schiller Horses are not machines. Or robots. They are thinking, feeling, emotional creatures. Just like you and me. But it’s easy to become so focused on a goal, on a process, on being a certain kind of rider… that we lose […]

The Equestrian God Complex

It’s tough to admit you don’t know. That you’re only guessing. That you are, in fact, human and not a god. [12:12] Now I’ve been sort of banging on about this for the last couple of months, and people sometimes say to me, “Well Tim, it’s kind of obvious. Obviously trial and error is very […]

Equestrians, how’s your self-control?

The emotional kind. Good horsemanship isn’t just about conditioning your horse and riding in the proper position, it also involves self-control. But there is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be […]

Good Leaders Make Their Horses Feel Safe

Do you think of yourself as your horse’s leader? Do you expect your horse to willingly follow you (literally and figuratively)? Sometimes we let our ego get so full of itself, we believe just showing up as a human is enough to make the horse choose us as their leader, right? Wrong! Think about those you’ve […]

Beware Willful Ignorance in the Horse Industry

Willful Ignorance, noun. (idiomatic, law) A decision in bad faith to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt. In 2005 I moved cross-country to work for a Classical Dressage trainer. Maybe work is the wrong word; I was a working student who preferred […]

2014 Equestrian Blog in Review

It’s been an exciting and busy year, full of discussion by equestrians from all over the world, and representing a number of disciplines. As we put 2014 behind us let’s review what happened at Writing of Riding over the last 365 days. Top Five Posts When I started Writing of Riding in 2006, I never imagined one […]

The Dilemma of Human Want

I often get called upon to talk with abused horses and the training/rehab of the abused horses is a subject I could talk about for a very long time but today I want to discuss the issue of human want versus what is best for our horses. What has any abused person or animal only […]

Barrel Racing & How Not to Deal with Bad Publicity

Historically speaking, criticism of barrel racing (and associated riders) has been met with widespread denial of abusive riding, excuses and dismissals of such behaviour from riders, and of course let’s not forget the name-calling, insults and personal attacks. Often it resembles the Amy’s Baking Company debacle. If you have a problem in your sport you should […]