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Don't give up on what had been working before the plateau

If you live in the Midwest, you know we live in constant strange weather. We are currently in a warm 50-degree weather streak, however, during Thanksgiving and the week before, it was below freezing. We even had a big snowstorm come through and dump five inches of snow overnight.

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The race is worth it when you hit the finish line

Well last week was an easy one for Slider! We did not do much riding work as I had made it my goal to run a half marathon and did not want to wear out my legs right before a thirteen mile run. I lunged Slider a lot or walked him before the run the Sunday before last.

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If the result is the same each lesson, change the lesson

Hello everyone! I have been riding Slider four times a week now. I don’t want to go overboard and ride him too much and make him sore. He is still creating muscle mass as I ride him. I do think riding (within reason) builds the most muscle in the shortest amount of time for the horse.

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Good things happen when you do good things

Well, folks, I am happy to report that Slider is still alive and well. I write this because right during Louisville week, Iowa became incredibly humid and I came to the barn to lunge Slider. We didn’t work hard, but he broke a sweat, which he does not ever do when lunging.

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If you're having a bad day, watch the horses

It is a magical week this week…the beginning of the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville! I personally have never ridden on the green shavings, and although it is a lifelong dream just to ride there, it seems pretty unlikely right now at this stage in my life.

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The fastest way to do anything correctly is slowly

I am by no means a horse trainer. I have never started a colt, or taught a horse to rack, or even won a prestigious ribbon at an upper level horse show such as Louisville or the Royal. What I do have, however, is a vast collective of knowledge from a variety of trainers whom I have worked for over the years.

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I read the Cash Lovell Stables newsletter the other day. It was very long, packed full of information on the happenings in the barn, but the article that really caught my eye was the very first. It was a personal letter from Parker Lovell, announcing the loss of her childhood riding instructor — the woman who had taught her how to love horses all those years ago. It touched me very deeply because, as she talked about her childhood experiences, I remembered mine.

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It has been a busy few weeks; Chris and I just returned from Wisconsin Futurity on Sunday and our “hometown” show, St. Louis National Charity, starts today, so you can imagine where we will be spending a lot of our time this week.

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