Being Mindful in and out of the Saddle

Written by Jec Ballou Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Zen monks for a week last fall made me believe that a rider’s ultimate responsibility is to give up her ego. Human beings carry so much around—stress, thoughts, emotional pain, responsibilities—that we lose clarity in moment-to-moment living. This blocks our ability to genuinely “let go” in our lives, […]

I Wish I Were in Africa

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.64 “Jambo!” the soft musical voice of the Daniel floats through the tent flaps as hot coffee, tea and cookies arrive to wake us with the dawn. Dressed and ready to ride we make our way down to the mess tent where we […]

Learning Feel

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.51 For over 20 years I have taught the biomechanics or “how” of riding. The position of the rider’s body is key to good balance and timing. Sitting crooked in the saddle creates excess tension in your muscles, which is counterproductive to good […]

A Question of Degree – Halts, Half-Halts, Rein-Back and Rock Back

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.46 Before we progress to lateral movements we have one more topic to cover, that of rebalancing your horse through the halt, half-halt, rein-back and rock back. All of these movements are related in that, when done correctly, the horse learns to transfer […]

Pyramid of Training For the Everyday Horseman – Part 4

Written by Terry Church This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.45 Part III of the Pyramid of Training presented some ideas correlating to tiers 3 and 4 and pertain to the horse and rider (or driver) after the horse has been started under saddle or harness and exposed to a variety of environments. […]

Pyramid of Training For the Everyday Horseman – Part 3

Written by Terry Church This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.43 Previously, Part II in this series of articles presented some ideas pertaining to the second tier or stage (from the bottom up) of the training scale (Please refer Figure 1, page 10) and how those ideas might benefit horsemen and women of […]