"As a rider, the best compliment you can get is not from your trainer: it’s from your horse. When he does what you want, he is saying ‘I understand’. That is the best reward."
— My trainer (via loose-ring)

"Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. It’s a trumpet wake-up call or a gentle rousing hand on your shoulder…Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together."
— Nicole Johnson, Fresh Brewed Life  (via godmoves)



Here’s to the champions. And the future champions. And the maybe, someday champions. And the horses that will always be our own, everyday champions.


"Motion is the element of the horse and all motion starts in the hindquarters. If therefore the flexibility of the hindquarters must be the ultimate purpose of all dressage training, this in no way means that lateral bending of poll, neck, and spine are unnecessary. Rather, the flexibility of these parts must first be obtained so that it can then be used as a means for the main purpose, namely to work the hindquarters."
— G.Steinbrecht (via pirouettespromise)

"It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now."
— George Harrison (via mccartneymadness)

"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become."
— Ursula K. Le Guin (via observando)

I love my days off because I get to spend the whole day with Flynn, relax, and catch up on my to do list. But the next day back at work is always something that I look forward to as well. I guess that’s a good thing – it means I like my job! Today was an interesting day because my trainer left half-way through to go teach an all-weekend-long clinic, and we spent the morning prior to her departure doing regular chores and helping the vet breed (not live cover) one of my trainer’s mares! It’s so exciting to think that she’ll be having a gorgeous foal.

I got to ride two horses in the afternoon: the lovely four-year-old project mare I’ve been working with and the sales gelding that I adore. Both rides were similar in that they started out being not great (the gelding was distracted and the mare had, for the first couple minutes, quite forgotten how to steer). But they both ended really well with me feeling relaxed and like we’d accomplished what we’d set out to do. I think that dressage training has to be about those little moments where the horse finally settles into a through and supple shoulder-in or tunes into the half-halt for the first time or just makes a halt transition without drama. All of those fleeting instants of perfection make the sport addicting!