Category: Confessions of a Timid Rider

When Good Saddles Go Bad

When Good Saddles Go Bad

Confession: I’ve slowly been crippling my pony. I had no idea my saddle was the reason his ribs and pelvis are constantly out of alignment or that he couldn’t physically move forward well. I just thought he was lazy. Saddle fit makes all the difference between a healthy horse and long-term damage.

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Girl Forward Book Mongolia

Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia

Confession: Often people wonder how a timid rider like myself ended up in Mongolia, not once but twice.

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Mindfulness for Equestrians

Your Guide to Mindfulness for Equestrians

Create Positivity and Presence in the Moment Haven’t you ever wanted a guide to exercising mindfulness for equestrians? Problem solved! Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment awareness without judgement providing connection through observation, will benefit your riding and your life. Mindfulness is the art of being in the present moment. Some people may assume this is New […]

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The Timid Rider

Finding My Zen In and Out of the Saddle

I find time in the saddle especially on the trails is extremely grounding. There is something about being in the middle of the woods away from cars, noise, and technology that speaks to my soul. Doing that on horseback? I can’t think of a better way to spend me time. I have always found this […]

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Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Equestrian Barriers: Learning From Other Disciplines

Why do I hold myself back? That is the question isn’t it? Why do I put up walls. I need to focus on breaking down the equestrian barriers and learn to relax, let go, and step outside of my comfort zone. My friends meeting at the Tom Quilty endurance race in Australia asked the question, […]

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Horse Fly Mask

Standing the Summer

Confession: I realize it is an unpopular opinion but I really dislike the summer. I am a creature of habit and organization. Chaos, disorganization, and noise these all feed my anxiety as a Type-A personality and introvert. When the final school bell rings and my children are cheering for sweet release from their education for […]

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Making Great Strides

Confidence can be a moving target but we are making great strides forward and really, isn’t that all we can ask of ourselves?

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Girl Forward Heather Wallace

Girl Forward

A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia I knew when I heard about the Gobi Desert Cup that I was taking a calculated risk. The adventure was not only worth it but it also taught me a lot about myself. I don’t like to set limitations and yet as the Timid Rider I […]

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Tenets of Timidity

The Tenets of Timidity: Do You Check Any Boxes?

Referring to myself as a timid rider results in a few different reactions. Certainly, admitting this to others leaves me open to comments, opinions, and rarely even derision. The most common reaction is others assuming I don’t know how to ride a horse, something which I find incredibly frustrating. I have ridden it all: spooks, […]

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Stuck in a Rut: How Often Do You Change Your Horse’s Routine?

When I made the decision to move barns to a smaller, private facility I knew there would be an adjustment period. Perhaps, however, I underestimated just how used to a routine we had been.

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Equine Authors at American Horse Publications

Finding Your Herd: Motivation, Inspiration, and Fun

Finding and spending time with your herd, a group of like-minded people, can keep you motivated and inspired. More, you can have fun!

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Top Tips for Over Thinkers when Changing Barns

Confession: I’m moving barns at the end of the month. This was a terrifying decision to make. If I’m being honest, which let’s face it I always am, I love being at my current barn for many reasons. There are so many good things about an equestrian facility. There are 500 acres of trails, multiple […]

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