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Ask for Support, Not Instruction

Posted on by Jon Mills

Say that your car has broken down. You go ask your friends for recommendations of a good mechanic. You don’t ask for recommendations on how to fix it yourself with zero automotive knowledge, and then do your best to follow the instructions on what “worked for them”. Health and fitness are weird. You can do the wrong thing enough. And…

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Is Sugar The Root of All Evil, Hellbent on Destroying Us All?

Posted on by Jon Mills

No* Sorry to disappoint, but as much as we want to hate on a particular foodstuff, it’s really not, because the fact is food is not good or bad. Nor is it evil, “clean”, healthy or pure. Food is food. A better question than whether something is “good” or “healthy” is does this suit my goals?   The problem with…

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Forward and Free: towards impulsion

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Riding Level 4: Forward Movement As we go up in levels, the checkbox summaries on the assessment sheets begin to sound a bit like code. 7.  Ability in forward movement.  Free walk.  Walk, trot on loose rein. In this section, we are looking at your ability to ride the horse with impulsion and some degree of self-carriage.  However, bear in…

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Give What You Can Spare; Keep What You Need.

Posted on by Jon Mills

How long is a workout? A better question is how long do you have? In a conversation with a student this week, the subject of giving 100% came up and how they were training. Due to illness and stress, they were not training at the capacity that they had previously been at. They were happy though that even though the…

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March Madness Playday

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Yes!  We may have been snowed out for our regularly scheduled Playday on February 5th, so we've thumbed our noses at the weather and the schedule alike, and will hold it on March 5th instead. No need to register in advance: just show up.  Mounted games and mounted sparring right after Mounted Combat Class.  Bring your bow if you want…

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Be Flexible in Your Training Needs

Posted on by Jon Mills

If you attend the gym a lot, you will see that some people spend their entire time frustrated. They pace back and forth, hassle people about when they will be done with a piece of equipment they need, and just generally don’t seem to be having a good time. They have needs, they have a schedule,  and don’t we know…

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Lateral Thinking: the Leg Yield

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Riding Level 4: the Leg Yield Item 6 of the Level 4 checklist seems quite full: 6.  Turns, circles.  Trot, canter.  Knowledge of canter leads.  Leg yield at trot. However, you already know your turns, circles and canter leads, which you can review in previous posts.  At this level, we will be looking for accurate geometry, balance, and control.  We…

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Bow to Authority! Seek Professionals to Maximise Success

Posted on by Jon Mills

I am not someone who defers to authority easily, but often the difference between success and failure can be our willingness to trust a professional. We waste a lot of time and a lot of headspace on self-teaching. This is an important and valid part of any process, but most people delay, hinder, or even sabotage their goals just by…

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Our Furry Valentines

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Happy Valentine's Day, from some of our favourite kissable faces.  Photos taken at Red Colt Co-op  by Double Exposure Photography (aka Is & El). A reminder that there is no swordplay at the barn this weekend due to VISS. However, Riding & Horsemanship classes are on!   Upcoming Classes NEW! Ongoing Mounted Combat Skills Beginning in February, weekly Mounted Combat…

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Focus on Disaster: How to Use Impending Doom to Set Training Goals.

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Functional training is all the rage but how often do we actually question whether our training is, in fact, functional? Not “Functional™” but functional. Could you lift a log, climb a rope, throw a punch, carry a wounded person or wrestle an assailant to the ground if you needed to do those things in a life or death situation? Chances are…

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