Going Steady takes up where Relaxed & Forward, Relationship Advice from Your Horse, left off. These bite-sized essays on affirmative horse training, rescue stories, and “gray mare” thoughts are geared toward encouraging creative, affirmative partnerships. Blake's writing uses clear descriptions, a joy of storytelling, and some sideways humor to inspire meaningful, positive communication. Sometimes irreverent but always honest and horse-centric:
What you have to offer is more than enough and your horse is just as magical as he ever was.
Leadership is a humble service given with kindness. Security exists when both sides truly understand that for trust to exist, there is no place for intimidation.
In riding, don't be fooled by smoke and lights. Anyone can spur a horse into speed and jerk them to a halt. If you want to know true connection, look for partnership between the movements. Because the art is always in the transition.
Be the change you want to see in your horse. If he is hot, you cool your body movements. If he is reluctant to walk, you lighten and lift your body movements. Correct yourself.
Let’s redefine leadership as the one who breathes and smiles the most: Let an inhale relax your body, let an exhale leave soft shoulders and a soft belly. Let a smile give you a soft jaw.
Be seriously patient and your horse will offer his heart. Be seriously grateful and it will change your heart. Most of all, be seriously lighthearted because horses like us that way.
The arc of a horse’s life (or our own) doesn’t look like a golden rainbow. It looks more like the jagged readout of a heart monitor. There are ups and downs in each heartbeat. It’s how you can tell we’re alive.
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About the Author
Anna Blake was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954. She is a writer/blogger, dressage trainer, and horse advocate, residing on Infinity Farm on the flat, windy, treeless prairie of Colorado. The herd also includes horses, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, and Edgar Rice Burro.
Anna Blake is a horse advocate, equine professional, international clinician, and an award-winning author. Her books include Stable Relation, a Memoir of One Woman’s Spirited Journey Home, by Way of the Barn, (a Peoples’ Choice Gold Medal Winner), Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse, and Barn Dance, Nickers, brays, bleats, howls, and quacks: Tales from the herd. More recently, Horse Prayers, Poems from the Prairie, and Going Steady, More Relationship Advice from Your Horse. She was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954, the youngest daughter in a farm family. Previously, Blake was a self-employed goldsmith, showing one-of-a-kind artwork in galleries from coast to coast. Her Denver studio and gallery was shared with generations of good dogs. Early writing included a few screenplays, one of which was produced independently. Currently, Blake posts a successful, yet unconventional blog (annablake.com) about life on the farm and horse training from a unique perspective that affirms her humorous and inspirational approach to understanding, training, and respecting animals. Thank you for stopping by.