Riding Well Grounded

Calm Persistence Avoids a Battle by Marilyn Pineda   We recently held a play day on a beautiful weekend in October here on our Fire Mountain Trail Course.  Twenty-one riders turned out, ranging in ages from 3 to 85, and represented many levels of experience. The play day was fashioned …

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Riding Well Grounded

The Importance of Perfect Timing by Marilyn Pineda   You’ve heard the phrase, “timing is everything!” One of my students, Cecelia Hagland, had a great illustration of timing recently with her gelding, Waylon. They had been having wonderful experiences developing a foundation of communication together when everything golden suddenly turned …

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Riding Well Grounded

Breaking Down the Elements by Marilyn Pineda, Fire Mountain Trail Course     We have all sorts of fun visitors at Fire Mountain Trail Course and Darryl Weidkamp and his horse Clancy were no exception. Darryl is an avid backcountry rider and had previously been to our trail course as a …

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Riding Well Grounded

Staying Connected on the Trail by Marilyn Pineda, Fire Mountain Obstacle Course   I was recently reminded how great it is to have well versed ground communications with my horse while out on a trail ride with a friend. We had just completed the clearing of a beautiful trail loop on …

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Riding Well Grounded

One Step at a Time by Marilyn Pineda, Fire Mountain Trail Course   I was watching a Buck Brannaman DVD a while back and he made the comment that working with our horse is like a dance. He was talking about being one-on-one with the horse, with you as the leader …

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Riding Well Grounded

Understanding a Horse’s “Mind’s Eye” by Marilyn Pineda, Fire Mountain Trail Course   It’s just a puddle, dummy!” Most horses in the Pacific Northwest have heard this at one time or another. Meanwhile, the horse is thinking, “Is that watery hole going to swallow me up?” Understanding how horses see – …

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Riding Well Grounded

Create Confidence from the Ground Up by Marilyn Pineda, Fire Mountain Trail Course   Language changes over time, so we don’t often hear the phrase “well grounded” any more. It can pertain to specific skill sets, but in general terms being well grounded refers to possessing common sense and the ability …

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