Melinda's Life with Horses Blog

See Yourself As Your Horse Sees You

Something about being female — and most especially a female rider — sets up a different kind of self-scrutiny than whatever gets loaded into the male circuit board that allows plus-sized cowboys to hop onto quarter horses to cut,

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It’s Not What We Have, But What We Do With It That Counts

All jokes aside, it really isn't as much our size that matters most when we ride; it’s what we do with the body we have that makes all the difference. Once we really understand and accept this, the better we'll ride, the easier we'll be

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Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Body

Do you have a “rider’s body?” You know the one. Long and lanky, legs that can wrap a horse, arms that reach without leaning, flat belly (and chest), strength without bulk, and most likely, a blonde pony

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It’s In There, Dorothy

This is truly one of the big ideas behind Riding Through Thick and Thin. It’s just so easy to get caught up in what we think others think, what others actually say — and what society deems acceptable . . . and not-so-acceptable. To

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Find Your Spot

As we begin to focus more on our rider biomechanics — that is, learning to ride in a more balanced connection with our horse — sooner or later we happen onto a moment when we feel this connection. We are moving as one with the horse,

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Educate Yourself — Beyond the 20% Rule

So let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that you are over that 20% rule of thumb (that actually has nothing to to with thumbs at all). You know the one. We’re not supposed to weigh (including tack, which for a Western

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Get Ready to be Surprised

Once we start digging for "truths" it may surprise you what you think of yourself and your riding, and what you think OTHERS think of your riding. And above all, what all these "thinks" are doing to your self-image and the quality of your

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Measure with the right stick (or tape).

Most of us have grown up with an idea of the “ideal rider’s body." Whether that for you is a size or a number on the scale, maybe it’s time to re-examine your measuring device. Health and fitness experts — and

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Accept All "Great Truths" Carefully

How do you know what you think you know on a given subject? In the horse world, sometimes the "great truths" handed down from our fellow equestrians, other disciplines, and preceding generations can be real — or the farthest thing from

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The Truth Of Foul Weather Horse Tending

  Does anyone else see themselves if this video? While I have to admit my own tromp through the spectacularly slippery, boot sucking combo of mud and manure to tend horses in the “pissing down rain” is much less poetic and

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