HF&FF is so much more than a website and blog for instructors and equine centers.
I founded Hoof Falls & Footfalls in and effort to provide high quality, thought provoking, and ethical content relating to traditional and adaptive equine activities. The content seeks to challenge the status quo and encourage instructors, students, centers, and the Equine Assisted Activities industry to raise the bar.
But even more important than the website, blog, and resources, I want to offer challenging development and educational opportunities to instructors.
Why? because Instructors are the heart and soul of the equine activities industry and they are the ones that are impacting the individuals we all serve.
Grow quality instructors = growing the number of lives impacted through high quality equine activities.
Hoof Falls & Footfalls believes that little fish can make big waves. Hard work and perseverance can take you to places you never imagined. I came from humble beginnings, worked my tail off to get where I am today, and had (and still have) some amazing mentors along the way. I want to inspire and challenge others to keep driving towards their goals. To keep pushing through challenges and discover a way over the obstacles. I want to help YOU reach your goals an instructor, running a center, or whatever you strive to do in this unique and rewarding field.
My CHALLENGE TO YOU is for all of us to:
On the HF&FF Social Media pages I shared that with every single certification, training, and intensive workshop I attended or went though severe self-doubt set in. I knew I had put in the time and effort…but there was still that nagging self-questioning on if I was ready.
Do you find yourself asking:
If so…I’ve been there! I’ve been bogged down by those ‘yets’ that never came.
Don't wait for your 'yet' to come.
Fair warning: On all these topics I can and will empathize…but I will not sympathize. Use your past as a motivator to your goals instead of something that drags you down.
My goal is to work with, mentor, develop…whatever you want to call it 50 instructors over the next TWO years. I love mentoring. I love teaching. I KNOW that equine activities can impact and change lives (they changed mine through the grace of God). I want to work with motivated individuals and centers that are driven to be the change in the lives of those we serve. I want to work with people and centers that use their history as a launching pad to move them forward, not a weight to hold them back.
It is through Instructors, barns, and centers that we will impact lives thought SAFE, QUALITY equine activities for ALL ABILITY students.
Instagram & Twitter: @HoofFallsandFootfalls
I love God, my husband (who is my high school sweetheart), two energetic sons, and all my critters. We currently have 3 horses, 2 dogs, and a varying number of chickens and ducks.
I have a huge passion for the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies industry, I love mentoring new instructors, and I very much enjoy learning new things! HF&FF is a great way for me to put my thoughts down in print and also challenge my views by doing research to support my writing. All of these are reasons why I have entered into the world of blogging and building a website to benefit instructors both in the able bodied and adaptive equine activities industry.
In addition to the Hoof Falls & Footfalls project, I have a hobby ranch in my back yard where I give traditional ground and riding lessons and board a couple horses. I am now a stay at home mom and homeschool both of of our kids. After nine years working in various capacities at a large PATH intl. Premier Accredited Center that I care for deeply, I made the incredibly hard decision to stay at home (and do HF&FF on the side)
I grew up living and breathing horses. My grandfather was a true cowboy who trained and raced thoroughbreds and is still my go to for all those 'crazy' old-school cowboy remedies that work. My parents ran a boarding and training facility in New Mexico where I grew up with Shetland ponies and chickens as my main friends (homeschool life!).
During my youth years showing pony hunters, hunter/jumpers, pony jumpers, English equitation, 4-H, I was fortunate enough to ride countless different horses and ponies. Most of 'my' horses were kill lot pones that were bought for meat value (because we did not have much money growing up) and years of hard work turned them into amazing animals that have taught me invaluable life lessons. My parents specialized in fixing 'problem' horses so I have seen the worst of the worst when it comes to horses which has been a true eye opener to reality that horses can be a dangerous sport and that safety should be first and foremost.