Take a moment to listen
Take a moment to listen

For a few years, I managed my own barn. I had several boarders and some beautiful horses to care for each and every day. When you run a barn and get all wrapped up in your daily chores, there is nothing nicer than when someone, horse owner or otherwise, suddenly shows up at your doorstep just to say hi.

Some of my fondest memories are from the surprise visits - one second, there I was, poop scooping or preparing grain buckets, deep in my own thoughts of the day - and the next second, I'd look up to find a friendly face, smiling and happy to just stop for a quick chat and a "how's it going?"

So if you'd like to stop in for a virtual "hi," I'd love to see what you've been up to and what you think about Horse Listening, horses and life in general. You may keep your answers as long as you would like.


  1. I’m guessing you wear spurs, or have, do you have any tips for using/putting on? My first spurs ride is hopefully tomorrow, and I know my trainer will help me, but I’d like to know more than I do!

  2. Your instructor may have a different take on this but here are my thoughts. Spurs are not for beginner riders.. you should learn how to use your legs properly as aids, or cues. If you have a lazy horse, you should learn to use both a whip and a crop properly. Whips and crops are used to make the horse go forward. I have ridden with spurs to teach my horse to move away from my leg in lateral work such as leg yielding and shoulder in. I also taught him a perfect canter depart from walk, trot, halt and rein-back. I no longer need them. Advanced dressage riders often use spurs to get the intricate movements they desire, it is not to hurt the horse, but to be more precise like using clicker training; the “click/treat” being more precise than “gooood boy…”.
    The spurs sit just above your heel and attach with straps that buckle. (I have seen “snap on”
    spurs.) If they are curved, the curve faces down. I knew a rider who insisted on them facing up because she thought it was better (there’s always a rebel). Good Luck

  3. Thank you!!! I have a very lazy horse on the flat, but he does fine over fences. I was already using a dressage whip, but it was messing up my position too much for it to be effective on cross country. Thank you for your help!

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