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Yoga for Riders – Principles and Postures to Improve Your Horsemanship

By Cathy Woods, creator of Body, Mind, Equine Billions of people around the world embrace the practice of yoga. Its lessons in breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures are widely regarded as a means to achieving health and relaxation. Yoga teacher and horsewoman Cathy Woods says that’s not …

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Get Grit, Part 4

  Do You Have Grit? Answer These Questions and Find Out By Laura Schonberg   The gritty mindset combines the power of passion with perseverance. We know we can be distracted by talent, but if we remember that our effort counts twice, we (and our horses) can accomplish great things. I’ve …

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Time to Get in Shape

January 2018

Two Exercises to Build Strength and Balance by Theresa Rice   We’re now entering the cold, grey stretch of winter. No more holidays, just dreary weather and vitamin D deficiency. These are the months I find the hardest. I’ve gained weight from overindulging during the holiday parties and have no …

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Soft Eyes

November 2017

Centered Riding Basic Valuable in Emergency by Alys Culhane   Centered Riding founder Sally Swift calls “soft eyes” one of four basics, along with breathing, alignment, and centering. To create soft eyes, the muscles around and behind the eyes are relaxed. Additionally, the cheeks, chin, jaw and tongue muscles are …

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Centered Riding Basics

September 2017

Centering by Alys Culhane   In June I organized and participated in Centered Riding clinics that spanned two weekends. Centered Riding Level Four clinicians Peggy Brown and Susan Harris and five out-of-state riders were in attendance. My Icelandic mare Raudhetta prefers arenas with obstacles so I opted to attend Brown’s …

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Send us your question and we’ll select the best expert for you. NW Horse SourceThe Northwest Horse Source is an independently owned and operated print and online magazine for horse owners and enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines in the Pacific Northwest. Our contemporary editorial columns are predominantly written by experts …

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