Category: Confessions of a Timid Rider

Celebrate the Small Things

Confession: When the world turns to chaos, and you are scared, it is best to focus on the small things.  Riders know the power of a positive mindset and visualizing what you want to happen. We, as a whole, need to do this now. Rise above the hysteria and fear and come together as a […]

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Time in the Tack: Adulting and Horsemanship

Time in the Tack: Adulting is Hard on Horsemanship

Confession: I often find it hard to maintain a work/family/horse balance. Raise your hand if you can relate. Are you with me? I moved to a new barn and am getting to know everyone. Very quickly the conversation turned to how often (or not) we ride. Three out of four of us were lamenting how […]

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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: A Tale of One Woman's Unlikely Adventure in 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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The Tenets of Timidity Confidence Horses

The Tenets of Timidity: Do You Check Any Boxes?

Confession: I’m not scared to ride horses. 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 […]

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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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