Jazzie_trail

When should I ride my horse?

by Susan Smith This question comes to me often: When can I ride my horse? How much can I ride my horse? In our society, there is a strong push to get horses back to work after an injury or illness, just as there is with people. If you have a surgery, you can be back…

Lost in the Horse

I was lying on the massage table receiving physical therapy recently and talking about myself as I was asked to do, past injuries, etc., and then I made a switch to talking about one of my horses. My therapist expertly swung me back to the discussion of “me,” which is why I’m there, and I…

What is your horse’s self worth?

By Susan Smith. My mare Zuzka recently showed me something while I was riding my mare Jazzie in the arena. She looked directly at me and proceeded to wrap a lead rope that was hanging from a halter on the fence, around her neck. It was as if to say, “take me out for a ride.” Some…

Liberty Foundations Clinic April 23-24

Spirit Horse Ranch near Oklahoma City, OK presents their Liberty Foundations Spring Clinic the weekend of April 23-24!  Clinicians Ruella Yates and Susan Smith will individualize teaching to accommodate all levels!  We will be working with ranch horses, and your own horse if that’s in your plan! Using the language of the herd, we will accomplish…

It takes a horse and a human village

By Susan Smith The phrase, “it takes a village,” refers to the raising of a child and the “village” involved in raising him or her. Recently, I was chatting with a friend about her growing bond with her new horse. We talked about how the horse related to others. I said that I felt that…

Beyond The Leader

There is a lot of talk in the horse world about leadership: What leadership is, who is the leader, if there is leadership in a horse herd, how to be a leader, leadership styles and if there should be a leader at all. I find this discussion very interesting and here is my take on…