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The Mindful Minute – Winter 2021

The Mindful Minute – Winter 2021

In November, the Fédération Equestra Internationale (FEI) voted to ban all whisker trimming and removal at recognized, international competitions. The new rule will be enforced beginning in July 2021. Interestingly enough France, Germany, and Switzerland banned the removal of sensory hairs some time ago.

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The Mindful Minute – Autumn 2020

The Mindful Minute – Autumn 2020

The wild horses of the Southwest span the entire Four Corners area and the closest mustangs to Durango are only about three hours away! The Spring Creek Basin Mustangs are located in the Spring Creek Basin which lies within the Disappointment Valley, which lies between Norwood and Dove Creek, Colorado. The herd descends from a group of horses that was once owned by a retired officer of the Army, who also happened to be a horse thief. The horses have Spanish and Draft horse blood, which has translated to thick bones and a stout profile.

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The Mindful Minute – Summer 2020

The Mindful Minute – Summer 2020

Horses have slowly evolved into the magnificent creatures they are today. For example, the horse initially had four functional toes. Even more, before their evolution, horses were about the size of a fox. Can you imagine — tons of tiny, four-toed ponies running around?!

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The Mindful Minute – Spring 2020

The Mindful Minute – Spring 2020

While we start getting our horses legged-up and ready for fun spring time shows, it is of the utmost importance to develop a horse with whom, together, we may easily reach a “forward and downward” frame.

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Client Testimonials

Nancy Roach

Bailey has been working with my 4 year old girl and I just can not say enough great things about her horsemanship.  She is fair, kind, and patient with my horse and with me, and doesn’t make things too complicated. She is also very reliable and flexible.  I would...

Sherron Hinkel

Bailey Thers has been working with my horses since May of 2019.  I have two thoroughbreds and one quarter horse.  She does a wonderful job They are ridden both English and Western with a bridle or bridleless. They all can jump and are worked in the arena or on the...

Robin Williams

Having nine horses and a couple that need work, including a two year old Iberian sport horse stallion, I was looking for help with work and training my horses. Bailey comes highly recommended. She has proven a wonderful help with my horses this summer. Bailey started...

Agatha and Mom

Bailey is a very very nice teacher and she’s very very patient, she is awesome I think Bailey is the best because she teaches me and she was actually the first person who taught me how to jump and cantor. It is really really fun!!! Like Agatha said: Bailey is great,...

Sarah Moore

Bailey is such a wonderful teacher. She is very patient when it comes to new riders and I adore that about her. I look forward to each lesson because I know I will be learning something new every time! Along with in person lessons, Bailey also has Podcasts and YouTube...

Olivia Kuchler

I like Bailey teaching me because she’s nice and patient. She goes slow not too fast with her teaching. Bailey makes it fun and she’s creative. It’s really fun to ride with her. I look forward to it every week.

Mimi Gates

Bailey’s compassion and extensive skills are just what I needed to take my riding to next levels. Her passion for horses and riding is invigorating, inspiring and contagious. Bailey loves to ride and loves to teach all ages– from very young to the...


She is excellent for starting colts…my youngster is 5 years old was just ground broke…since the first ride…Baily has her confidence at a high level….The horse is happy trying new things…

Elin Mischler

Bailey has been my riding instructor for about a year. During this time I have learned more about horses and riding than ever before! She is great at giving clear instructions that make sense and that are creative and fun. Her way of teaching is more fair towards the...

Holly Jason

I could not recommend Bailey enough, both as a ridder and a trainer. She has been giving myself, and my two young boys lessons, and we have all advanced our skills so much. She brings such good energy to everyone, and has made us all more confident and accomplished...


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2021 Schedule

Lessons at La Plata county Fairgrounds:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am -12 pm & 2 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Group Trail Rides Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm (Contact Bailey for location)

Show Schedule:

4/10 – Dressage Schooling Show at Spring Hollow Ranch in Hesperus, CO

5/16 – Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show at Spring Hollow Ranch in Hesperus, CO

10/9 – Dressage Schooling Show at Outlaw Trails Ranch in Cortez, CO

10/30 – Hunter/ Jumper Spooktacular Schooling Show at the Montezuma Fairgrounds


About Mindful Equine

Bailey grew up fox hunting ponies and off-the-track Thoroughbreds over the rolling hills of Virginia with the historic Deep Run Hunt Club and Reedy Creek Hounds. She worked with amazing instructors like Kim Severson (***** Eventer and Olympic medalist), Molly Hooper-Bull (**** Eventer), Kim Schmidt (Grand Prix Dressage Trainer and Rider), and Lynne Beagle-Gebhardt (Fox Hunter and Hunt Seat). She very quickly developed a love of three-day eventing at an early age and competed through the levels, achieving high scores and successful runs at prestigious events including Fair Hill International Horse Trials (MD), the Virginia Horse Trials, Middleburg Horse Trials, and Plantation Field Horse Trials. Along with competing, Bailey has achieved her C-3 rating with the United States Pony Club and has gone to USPC Championships representing Mountain Skyline Pony Club on teams in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, and Horse Management.

Bailey worked as a working student for Grand Prix and International competitors along the East Coast for five years before managing sales barns and training professionally.
Working with “problem” horses comes easily for Bailey, and while she achieved her Bachelor’s of Science in Equine Science at Colorado State University, Bailey worked concurrently full-time for local rescues and lesson programs on the Front Range. For the past five years, Bailey has been working with private owners creating training programs specially tailored to each horse’s requirements and specific goals. Mindful Equine has developed as a mindset to connect each horse to their rider with the crucial element of focus being clear and effective communication where the horse enjoys performing and the rider always has a smile on their face!