Dressage: Relaxed And Forward Blog Posts

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

Sleep in sunrise.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 8, 2016

How to Ride Creatively.

Step one: Let go of expectations and judgment. They only make your mind run like a rat on a wheel.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 5, 2016

Defending Horses with Words and Money

We always wring out hands and coo to each other about the suffering caused by cruel training. Enough already.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 15, 2016

Pony Smart and Carrot Shy

Training is an ART and human logic doesn't always rule.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 18, 2016

Pony Smart and Carrot Shy

Training is an ART and human logic doesn't always rule.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 18, 2016

Carrots Aren’t Enough.

We’ve had a lot of company at the farm lately. Sometimes I take them into the family pen. The Grandfather Horse is there with his goat, Arthur. Edgar Rice Burro peers from under his eyebrows as he begins the suave stroll over.  Bhim only inche...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 11, 2016

Carrots Aren’t Enough.

We’ve had a lot of company at the farm lately. Sometimes I take them into the family pen. The Grandfather Horse is there with his goat, Arthur. Edgar Rice Burro peers from under his eyebrows as he begins the suave stroll over.  Bhim only inche...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 11, 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

  State of mind: Here’s the last snow photo, it’s leap day, and we’re calling it lucky. The light is coming back warm. We’re paused and cogitating; coiling our strength because this season will bring changes. But the hibe...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 29, 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

  State of mind: Here’s the last snow photo, it’s leap day, and we’re calling it lucky. The light is coming back warm. We’re paused and cogitating; coiling our strength because this season will bring changes. But the hibe...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 29, 2016

What’s the True Value of Riding?

Horses would be easier if they were more like dirt bikes. And that ignition switch would be nice.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 26, 2016

What’s the True Value of Riding?

Horses would be easier if they were more like dirt bikes. And that ignition switch would be nice.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 26, 2016

Energy Without Emotion.

A horse hears what the rider honestly felt, not what the rider thought she said.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 19, 2016

Energy Without Emotion.

A horse hears what the rider honestly felt, not what the rider thought she said.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 19, 2016

A Reminder about Horse Memory.

The temps were mild. No one was shedding but the geldings were sunbathing flat and I was able to chip away at some ice-age muck. I even found a fly in the house. For a moment, it felt possible that winter would end. It was a fib; just the first part...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 5, 2016

A Reminder about Horse Memory.

The temps were mild. No one was shedding but the geldings were sunbathing flat and I was able to chip away at some ice-age muck. I even found a fly in the house. For a moment, it felt possible that winter would end. It was a fib; just the first part...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 5, 2016

How to Stop Feeling the Rub of Judgment.

Less correction, more direction--it works on us, too.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 29, 2016

How to Stop Feeling the Rub of Judgment.

Less correction, more direction--it works on us, too.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 29, 2016

Starting Back After a Winter’s Rest.

Humans have creative thought and the chances of having a runaway in our own minds is better than in the saddle.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 22, 2016

Starting Back After a Winter’s Rest.

Humans have creative thought and the chances of having a runaway in our own minds is better than in the saddle.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 22, 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

  Alphabet? I’ll give you alphabet–thousands of times over! My second book, Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse is a collection of essays from this blog and it’s available today! Online (here) or a snail...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 18, 2016
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