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March 18, 2017
Checking out the hedgerows
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This is the time of year when spring is just starting to appear. Little buds are coming on the trees and the hedges are starting to green up. I like to allow my boys a bit of hedgerow grazing on the way back from the field and they are both going crazy for cleavers (sticky grass). Cleavers has many different properties including anti-inflammatory, system cleansing and skin problems. I suspect its also just darn tasty as the boys were really tucking into it today!

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March 2, 2017
Know what you are warming up for
I was teaching someone recently who has a really powerful horse who likes to move their feet. If you suggest to this horse to go, it will GO! So one of the goals that we have is to try and help this horse find relaxation and softness in the saddle. My student was warming the horse up on the ground by going sideways at trot. But the horse is so athletic, that this was easy. I suggested we see if the horse could just walk and then stand still. This was a little trickier and the horse had to really think about what it was doing. Suddenly the horse looked visibly calmer and rideable. So here's the thing: Know what you are warming up for. If you want to do lead changes, you'd better get some forwards happening. But if you want to get on and have a calm ride, set the horse up for this in a different way. 

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