I was going to call this post “Sh!t George Says”, but that seemed somewhat sacreligious, like cussing in church or riding into a show ring with a long pony tail hanging out of your helmet (instead of in a hairnet in the de riguer “hunter hair” style).  I also started to add quotes from Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, one of the guest clinicians, and “Sh!t George and Gerd Say” really doesn’t roll off the tongue, so I went with boring.

Anywhoooo, Friday was no-stirrup day at the George H. Morris Gladstone Program, but sadly I had to miss the fun due to prior commitments at my “real” job.  You know, the one that pays for my equine shenanigans.  I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging without your daily dose of George, so I thought I’d compile some of the best quotes from Days 1-3.  I hope you enjoy them. Oh, if you’d like to get a sense of what no-stirrup day might have been like, you can read my recap from last year.

Quotes are from George unless otherwise noted.

“Jumping a horse is very easy.  It’s how we work a horse that’s important.”

“Riding is forming your character. This is a lifelong development.” Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

 Make a decision

“95% of lameness is man-made…a training issue.” Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

“A horse in all gaits must be on its ass.” (George quoting a previous instructor).

Resist the resistance

Always variety, always change.” (Thoughts on schooling a horse).

“Without suppleness, further training doesn’t have any meaning.” Dr. Gerd Heuschmann


“The key is horse to the bit, not bit to the horse.” Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

Every good rider can ride anything on four legs bigger than a sheep.” Dr. Gerd Heuschmann


 “We have to think of the future when riding a horse, not the present.”

If you have contact issues, you have back issues.  Once you get the back, the front resolves itself.” Dr. Gerd Heuschmann


“Dirt is a health issue. Dirt is a safety issue.  Dirt is NOT GOOD.”

 Half halt

Thanks for reading!