Through the Judge’s Eyes

I have been lucky enough to experience the horse industry from many different perspectives. This weekend, I finally got to see a horse show from the judge’s booth. As a competitor, I learned the value of patience. I’m an excitable person, and the hurry-up-and-wait show schedule can easily fry my nerves. I was constantly reminded…

Spring Training

Or, the pinwheel of death. Baseball players do it, and so should we! If you’ve taken it easy over the winter, now is the time to shake the cobwebs off. As we have discussed, circles are a great training tool. Riding a perfect circle is on my bucket list. Once you’ve mastered this exercise, you…

Back to Lessons: Five Things I Forgot

Going to university and holding down a couple of jobs leaves very little time and money to pursue my goals with Aleva. Because of this, we have not taken a lesson since August. Luckily, the University Gods bless students with the gift of Reading Week, the perfect chance to catch up on all of the…

Riding Squares to Achieve Roundness

If you are like me, you have the phrase “inside leg to outside rein” drilled into your brain. Riders across disciplines are taught that our inside leg creates the bend or shape in the horse’s body, while the outside rein moderates this shape, ensuring the horse maintains straightness and doesn’t reach a degree of “over…