This is Therapy Empathy

Editor’s Note: Julie Kenney is an avid horsewoman, former Best Horse Practices Summit board member, and runs Blackberry Farm in Harpswell, Maine. Julie writes: My mind meanders during times of deep relaxation.  At a recent massage therapy session, it floated like a kite tethered to […]

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Silva Seeks Sustainable Work Ethic

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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Jec Ballou: Why We Stop for Kids

Editor’s Note: Jec Ballou is an accomplished trainer, teacher, presenter at the Best Horse Practices Summit, and half of the duo producing the Best Horse Practices podcast. In this guest column, she writes here from her base in Santa Cruz, California, on the topic of […]

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Dylan Biggs Provides Perspective. From 1915

Editor’s Note: I haven’t met Dylan Biggs, but the owner of TK Ranch in Alberta, Canada, caught my attention when, some months ago, I heard him talking about stock dog training here.  I following his ranch news on his Instagram feed. Occasionally, Dylan shares excerpts […]

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Leslie Dorrance

From Maddy Butcher: It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Leslie Dorrance’s passing. She died of ovarian cancer on July 22, 2021. She was 64. Leslie was married for nearly 40 years to Steve Dorrance. Steve is the son of […]

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Horse Shows Can Be Different

Editor’s Note: Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last 20 years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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Don’t Speak Too Soon

Editor’s Note: Craig Freshley is a  professional meeting facilitator, speaker, trainer, and author based in Brunswick, Maine. He runs Good Group Decisions, writes weekly blog posts, and sends out a weekly newsletter. Craig Freshley writes: Don’t speak too soon, for the wheel’s still in spin […]

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A Joy Ride in Ireland and Beyond

Editor’s Note: Trish Lemke is the founder of Joy Rides. She leads horse riding excursions around the world and is a certified Martha Beck life coach. Lemke lives in Durango, Colorado, with her family and horses. Check out her 2022 trips below. ALSO, and speaking […]

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The End

Editor’s Note: Cathi Champion is a Best Horse Practices Summit steering committee member and a horse gal living near Seattle, Washington. She recently shared this post on her blog, which we think is just about the best essay ever on loss and grief and the […]

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A Mood, a Hat, and Gratitude

Editor’s Note: Ideally, as publisher of a weekly newsletter and a family of websites, I’d be an extrovert and a lover laptop time. Truth be told, though, my relationship with the Internet is a tad sad. I’m mostly disengaged with platforms like Facebook because, at […]

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