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Preparing for Better Transitions on the Ground - Shoulder Press

It continues to amaze me of the subtleties of some of the Connected Groundwork® exercises. The results can be profound when you support and bring attention to an area on a horse where the horse may have a holding or bracing pattern, or may just need some additional support. Shoulder press is one of these exercises, especially for a horse that tends to be stiff in the ribcage, and has tightness in his shoulders and the base of the neck.

Calcium - Bones, Teeth, and a Whole Lot More


When we think about calcium in the body, we naturally think of bones and teeth, and that would be logical, since some 99% of the body's calcium can be found there. And while that 99% is really important, it could be argued that the other 1% is even more critical for our lives.

100 Years of Innovation


The year was 1915. Woodrow Wilson was President of the US. The Great War (what we would eventually call World War I) was raging in Europe, though the US had not yet officially entered the war. The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was still 5 years away; congress voted down a bill that would have made the amendment unnecessary.

Positive Results from the Ground Up

Do you ever call your horse lazy? Do you ever wonder if he knows where his feet are after he trips, stumbles, or even falls? Maybe he tends to drag his feet or it feels as though he doesn’t even attempt to lift a foot off the ground? When we are off balance, we are not able to keep ourselves upright and neither can your horse. Many horses are off balance and heavy on the forehand, which can contribute to the tripping, stumbling and dragging.


Hooves are the base of support for all horses. It is vital to the horse to know where his legs and hooves are and to be able to navigate any path we have chosen for them to maneuver through. The hooves are one of the most integral parts of a horse to allow the horse to be able to stack up in neutral alignment with a leg at each corner. When the hooves are well maintained, the horse is more able to connect with his body to able to move towards self-carriage and freedom in movement.

Do You Have a Vitamin D-lemma?


      While some of the hype of the media has decline

Don't Wait to Release Winter's Hold on Your Horse

Are you looking to come out of hibernation and start some earnest work with your horse? Would you like to create lightness (there’s more daylight hours!), suspension (a spring-like movement) and connection (less brace against the cold) for you and your horse? Learn more about “combing the lines” on the ground and in the saddle to unlock your horses potential and help remove the winter’s cold brace of standing against the elements.

Spooky vs Timid ~ What does your label do to your thinking?

We don’t always get the horse that we want, but we always get the horse that we need.  Your “spooky” horse may not be as spooky as you think.  Sure, he could have a tendency towards greater self preservation than other horses, however his body and your body (and your leadership with him) may add to his degree of spooky behavior.  If he’s more on the timid side, he may need more leadership and support from you in order to feel like he needs to be less reactive in certain situations.  And that leadership comes from your body language as well as your mental, physical and em

It's Never Too Late to Get In Shape

It took Harriette Thompson more than seven hours to run a marathon Sunday in San Diego. But that was awfully good, considering she's 91 and recovering from cancer.
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