Just. Stay. Still.

The exercise is a basic one: canter around the outside of the ring, over a single trot pole and then clear  a two foot vertical jump. Sarah, Victoria, Katie and I complete the exercise without any fuss, while our riding coach, Cathy, suggests where we can improve. Focus. Rhythm. Seat. “Remember to breathe,” she says […]

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Feeling low? Canter!

“You’re only given a little spark of madness,” a wise soul once said. “You mustn’t lose it”. That wise soul may have been Robin Williams, though I can’t be sure. My guess is Robin Williams knows how to canter. What’s cantering, you ask? It’s like skipping, but with more forward momentum and less emphasis on […]

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Riding Lessons & Childhood Dreams

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of riding horses. I remember fashioning riding stables out of snow in the wintertime and galloping around the school yard with my friends. I remember riding a spring-horse at my cousin Jeff’s house, rocking forward and back so hard, it’s a wonder the springs didn’t snap. I read […]

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