Happy Birthday to Grace!

Happy birthday to you!

Grace turns 4 today; and I just found out that she shares her fourth birthday with Secretariats 40th.

Small wonder, her thunder! Dang can she move in a hurry when she wants!

I best not forget to bring home some carrots!!!

Abetta Trinity/Serenity Endurance Saddle for Sale

This is a lightly used Abetta Trinity/Serenity endurance saddle with a  15″ seat and extra wide 7″ full quarter horse bars for a fantastic fit.  This lightweight saddle has a super-comfy memory foam seat to make those long hours in the saddle feel effortless!  It also features an extra high cantle for additional back support, comfort and security.

I’ve only ridden in this saddle a handful of times.  The fleece underside is in like-new condition.   I put a different pair of fenders on (in picture)–you will get those plus the original Abetta fenders (which are in even better shape).  Stirrups themselves are not included.  Asking $299.00.

On Helmets… Every Ride!

I ride motorcycles. I ride horses. I wear a helmet for both. In the motorcycle world, we call it ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time). My wife says in Pony Club it was “Every Ride, Every Time”.

Basically, the human body is not designed to operate under forces greater than the human body can generate. By riding more than 5 miles an hour, on an object that weighs 500 pounds or a horse that weighs 1500, You run the risk of exceeding conditions the human body can cope with.. particularly when it comes to head trauma.

Dressage… is not “inherently safer” than anything other discipline. Other disciplines just add -more- risk. We ask other motorcycle riders… “Open Casket or Closed, your choice.” Sadly, the disparate cultures around elegance, tradition, and “the cowboy way” all conspire collectively to keep helmets off when on horseback in their respective disciplines (or as some of you would probably posit, lack thereof…)

Fertilizer happens. Every day. The chance may be one in a million, but if you draw the “one”, you’re either prepared, or you aren’t.  I’ve gone down on bikes, I’ve yet to come off a horse. It will happen, I’m sure. But my helmet saved my life once… I went in head first on the asphalt at 45 mph. I was prepared. Are you?

I’d rather be laughed at for wearing a helmet than eulogized for not. Macho isn’t riding without one, macho is is stepping up to the plate and setting the example for those who don’t.

I love riding. I love motorcycles. I love my horses. I love my wife. I wish to continue to do all of the above. I wear my helmet, every time.

I challenge every single one of you to set an example for your friends, families, and fellow competitors. Put it on, keep it on, and stand your ground: Safety first.

Stay Safe,

Mark

Easy Acupressure for Equestrians

We are all focused on our horses’ well-being.  Tack fit, nutritional needs, fitness, massage, training… no topic is too minute for the caring horseman to address.

All too often we fail to turn this discerning focus onto ourselves.  Sally Swift, founder of Centered Riding (TM) pointed out that when we are working to evoke change in another, whether it is our student, our horse (or even our spouse!), that change comes about most effortlessly when 80% of our focus remains on evoking that same change within ourselves.

I just stumbled across this great acupressure resource.  As stretching and bodywork for the horses are vital pieces of my daily training routine, I’m excited to find simple, parallel exercises I can do for myself.

Explore and enjoy!