Blog Posts - The Art Of Riding



Riding a Suspension… of Disbelief

If I could give riders a gift...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 16, 2016

Mental Focus Means Not Trying Too Hard

Character and temperament matter most.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 2, 2016

Bite Your Tongue.

I tied a client up last week.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 3, 2016

Defending Horses with Words and Money

We always wring out hands and coo to each other about the suffering caused by cruel training. Enough already.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 15, 2016

A Reminder about Horse Memory.

The temps were mild. No one was shedding but the geldings were sunbathing flat and I was able to chip away at some ice-age muck. I even found a fly in the house. For a moment, it felt possible that winter would end. It was a fib; just the first part...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 5, 2016

A Reminder about Horse Memory.

The temps were mild. No one was shedding but the geldings were sunbathing flat and I was able to chip away at some ice-age muck. I even found a fly in the house. For a moment, it felt possible that winter would end. It was a fib; just the first part...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 5, 2016

How to Stop Feeling the Rub of Judgment.

Less correction, more direction--it works on us, too.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 29, 2016

How to Stop Feeling the Rub of Judgment.

Less correction, more direction--it works on us, too.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 29, 2016

Starting Back After a Winter’s Rest.

Humans have creative thought and the chances of having a runaway in our own minds is better than in the saddle.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 22, 2016

Starting Back After a Winter’s Rest.

Humans have creative thought and the chances of having a runaway in our own minds is better than in the saddle.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 22, 2016

Enough with the Bliss-Ninny Platitudes!

You have to go into his hole with him and lead him out. That's why they call it leadership.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 15, 2016

Enough with the Bliss-Ninny Platitudes!

You have to go into his hole with him and lead him out. That's why they call it leadership.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 15, 2016

New Eyes on the Same Ordinary Stuff

No matter how many times I've done this introduction, it never gets old.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 8, 2016

Looking for a Better Ride?

It might be time to do some riding out of the saddle; some thinking, visualizing, and having a few lick and chew moments yourself.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 11, 2015

What Are You Saving for Good?

The bridle went in a show bag and I kept it "for good," because I'm a grand-daughter of the Depression.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 4, 2015

Anthropomorphism. It’s a Not Bad Thing.

Is it possible that horses anthropomorphize, too, and see humans in their own reflection?
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 20, 2015

When Your Horse Falls In a Hole.

You were part of how he got into this mess, so embrace the bad. Go help him out.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 30, 2015

Dressage Factions and the Real Reason to Compete.

Dressage is freedom of expression within limitation; a waltz, a sonnet, a bird in flight.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 11, 2015

Natural Instinct: The Human Half

In a nutshell, horses are flight animals and we like to stand and fight.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 7, 2015

How to Ride like a Kid.

We were chestnut tan from the sun; we were dirty bay at the end of the day.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 19, 2015


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