It is with great delight that I have agreed to pen this article. My goal is to give you a tiny glimpse into my world. People have asked me what it’s like to be married to Richard Winters, a successful horseman and clinician. Well, I’m so glad they asked!
The question most frequently asked of me, during our travels is: “So, do you ride, too?” People are often surprised when my response is, “I actually find horses to be very intimidating.
It is said that in any business the most important step, and possibly the hardest, is getting your foot in the door. I consider myself blessed to be “born with my foot in the door.”Being the daughter of Richard Winters, a successful trainer and clinician, has given me many different opportunities throughout the last 19 years that I would otherwise not have had, or even dreamed of experiencing.
While other grade school boys dreamed of being firemen, astronauts, or race car drivers, this young horseman thought of nothing other than being a cowboy. It was not the most convenient dream, considering he lived in town with parents who had no ties whatsoever to the equine community.
We’ve talked at some length in earlier articles about the extremely light touch that characterizes great work in hand. Let’s discuss some of the ways the classical movements are executed in hand, and why these movements are of interest — even if you and your horse intend nothing more formal than trail riding.
Whether you compete in trail classes or not, trail obstacle courses are a great way to get your horse used to a lot of things and have fun. In this month’s article, I will review nine common trail obstacles and how I like to see them approached when I am judging a trail class.