Editor’s Postcard: Seek Out Quality Instruction

Quality Instruction
Photo by Kim Roe

Successful Riders are Not Always Good Teachers Recently a video going around social media featured clips of a jumping lesson taught by an elite equestrian to a group of young riders. The trainer, a former world champion, repeatedly berated her students, yelled at them, and at one point said, “Either …

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Editor’s Postcard: Give Your Time and Talent to Keep Horse Activities Happening

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Kim Roe on Exo. Photo By Aliena Hook

The Whatcom County Dressage and Eventing Association (WCDEA) was founded in 1984 for the promotion and education of dressage, eventing, and working equitation in Whatcom County, Washington, and the surrounding areas. As one of the initiating members of this wonderful club, I’ve believed in its mission of supporting grassroots horse enthusiasts …

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Editor’s Postcard: Finding Peace with My Senior Horse

Finding Peace with My Senior Horse
Gunner. Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Treasuring Time with My Gunner I love my old horse, Gunner. And yes, it’s true I love all my horses, but I hold a special tenderness for the old ones, and Gunner holds my heart like few others. He’s been struggling with his health for about a year now. I’d …

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Editor’s Postcard: Nothing Forced is Beautiful

Nothing forced is beautiful
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Help a Horse Feel Good to Make Training Stick The summer I was 12 my father took my sister and me on a six-week long trip around the Western U.S. We hiked slot-canyons and the Grand Canyon, camped under the stars in Zion, and got soaked by thunderstorms in the …

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From My Saddle: Youth and Education

Western Washington University Students, Jesse Nunley and Rebecca Manlow, hang out with April after finishing a marketing project for NWHS in 2015.

Producing a Magazine Takes an Incredible Team I’ve come to realize after so many years how blessed I am to be working with the team I have. Running a magazine for 27+ years and starting a new one nearly two years ago, I understand the dedication and discipline it takes …

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Editor’s Postcard: Are You Learning?

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Let Your Passion Fuel Your Desire to Become Educated I’ve taken a lot of riding lessons in my life, and I continue to educate myself through lessons, clinics, seminars, and extensive reading. My passion for horses and riding has fueled this desire to learn. I’m currently taking a year-long writers’ …

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Feature: How to Encourage, Help, and Keep Youth Interested in Horses

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Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

8 Strategies to Keep Riding Fun Last summer I began teaching a pair of young riders—a 12-year-old girl and her 14-year-old brother—who wanted to learn more about the discipline of working equitation. The first time they came for a lesson I asked them about their strengths, weaknesses, and what their …

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Editor’s Postcard: Let’s Slow Down and Enjoy Summer

Slow Down
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Horses Can Show Us How to Live if We Let Them “I’m gonna soak up the sun, I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up…” – Sheryl Crow We Northwesterners endure late fall, winter, and early spring waiting for good summer weather and the chance to do all the things. When …

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Editor’s Postcard: The Changing World of Veterinary Care

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Photo by Aliena Hook

Appreciate Your Equine Veterinarian My beloved veterinarian of 28 years recently informed me she was giving up her equine veterinary practice and transitioning to small animal care. I’m devastated, but not surprised. Vets are dropping like flies in the equine industry, and those who are staying in it are setting …

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Trainer’s Corner: Seeking Unity

Unity
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Step One: Say Hello “We are taught to watch or feel for external changes in the horses we work with but pay little attention to the internal changes. Even when we do look for internal changes in the horse, we often are paying little attention to what is going on …

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