2017 – Fifty, Fat and Finished….or

Fifty, Fit and Fantastic? Starting the new year, I realized I am going into my fiftieth year and I had to make some new decisions to be better fit for riding. The first one was to shred some weight that had sneaked on in 2016 and the second was to once again exercise my riding…

Respect the Horse, by Larry Wahweotten

Larry is a Liberty Foundations coach/trainer who teaches horses at Liberty, without ropes or force, creating deep relationships with the people who love them. He is available for lessons at TayWah Ranch, near Augusta, KS. Larry is one of the Horse People of his Prairie Band, Potawatomi Nation. Respect the Horse…Respect the Horse…Respect the Horse.…

Building communication with your horse

Learning to connect with wild horses taught me many new lessons such as, clear, quiet and focused body language, to listen to my breath, to adjust the tone of my voice and have an increased awareness of my thoughts. I also learned how different my horses were. Some of my horses needed stronger body language while some would…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from The Independent Liberty Trainers Network! 2015 has been a remarkable year where we have had good progress, shared inspiration, held clinics and experienced magic. Here at SVG Horse School in Saint Vincent the horses have progressed in many ways, some in terms of their abilities to carry a rider and others in their…

Book title: The Long Way HOME

Wording: The task is to write a book covering one hundred life stories from the rescue of the wild herd until Darling’s Sunset. Once all the stories are written the foundation for the documentary is set. When I started writing my blog last year, I had in mind to produce a book and a documentary with life…

In Loving Memory: A Horse In A Million

By Susan Smith – In Loving Memory – April 12. 1989-August 15. 2015 Khami, my bay Arabian gelding of 26 years, passed away quickly today of what appeared to be a heart attack. He was doing what he loved to do, running with his beloved herd, when he collapsed and died shortly after. This horse…

A night to remember

Do you know the feeling you get when finding out someone else speaks your language? Or when something you are looking forward to finally happens? June 14th 2015 was a day I looked forward to for many reasons, and that was even truer during the night before. Instead of sleeping, I was laying down in…

Stand By Your Horse

The mare saw the setup – one horse was going to move another horse into another horse and on it would go, a domino effect of movement, right into the little girl standing there watching. Without hesitation, the mare made a beeline for the horse that was planning to move the others, positioning her body…