A Guided Path

There are times in my life, I’ve had a coyote sweep by me. On one such occasion a coyote tagged along with me as I long trotted several miles to a herd of cows. These occasions have brought a feeling of a deep sense of connection to nature and my personal  path. Each time I’ve stopped and re-examine my thoughts as I felt there was a message  being conveyed. The message felt as if I am supposed to pay closer attention to my true path.

I also recall other ways in which nature has almost demanded my attention and let me know that I was faltering to listen. I remember one such occasion when I was a child. I was riding a family pony named Janie. This pony screamed that I was not being clear and listening but I ignored all the expression the pony was communicating, agitation and discomfort was apparent as the pony pinned and resisted what I was attempting to communicate. I was escorted by Janie to a low tree branch and without hesitation from her, I was scraped off her back.

I layed on my back looking up at the sky gasping for air, I was clear that Janie was far smarter than I had given her credit for.  I needed to start learning to notice and allow myself to be guided by her. I needed to listen and communicate effectively in the future if I was to remain on Janie’s back.

In learning how to know and recognize our personal path; we can recognize and listen to natures guides.


Martin Black and Donnette Hicks: Two Worlds-One Clinic

Martin Black and Donnette Hicks may come from different worlds, but ultimately they are united in the belief that,“good horsemanship is just good horsemanship.”

So Different – So Similar

Donnette Hicks was in her early twenties when Martin Black hired her as a cook on the Winecup Ranch. The first morning she showed up to the cook house, she stood like a deer in headlights, frozen by the lack of understanding how to feed a large crew of hungry men. Martin showed his leadership by stepping behind the grill and helping her pull off that first morning’s breakfast.

For full article go to Eclectic Horseman http://eclectic-horseman.com/so-different-so-similar/

Martin Black & Donnette Hicks
Horsemanship Clinic

Starts the evening of the 25th
August 26th and 27th 2017

Contact Josi Skiby 435-709-1762
Sage Creek Equestrian
3181 West 3000 South
Heber, Utah 84032


AUDITORS-Arrival time 9am both mornings.

Friday evening the 25th involves dinner and a discussion with Martin and Donnette

Saturday August 27th

7am- meet for riders only with Martin and Donnette. Light breakfast will be served.

9am-Clinic Begins.

Lunch- Please bring your own lunch.

End time will vary.

Sunday August 28th

8am-Meet n’ share for riders only with Martin and Donnette. Light breakfast will be served.

9am-Clinic Begins.

Lunch-Please bring your own lunch.

End time will vary.

Cancer Illuminates My Relationship With Horses & Turn Loose

Jim Hicks was diagnosed with cancer in January 2017. Jim found himself not desiring to fight the cancer but just as the horses have taught him, Jim felt he needed to learn the nature of the cancer to eradicate it from his body.

” Through my treatments I found a deeper meaning of what turn Loose is. ”
-Jim Hicks

Do The Work- Get The Respect

“The horse knows when you know and he knows when you don’t know” – unknown …as well as an educated eye knows when you know and knows when you don’t know. The work comes before the respect.

Shannon Allison

Thanks for the Dance


Thanks for the Dance

Jim & Rembrandt Dance With Zeus & Donnette


The Horse has the Answer?

“A quality coach is a horsemen who believes that an individual’s horse has the answer yet they understand the student may not know how to ask the question”   – Donnette Hicks


Embracing Two Worlds


Embracing Two Worlds

Dressage Geometry With Jim Hicks

Dressage Geometry with Jim Hicks

Sacred is the Source



Is there a door
For you to knock
Exploring paths
Limitless to walk

How many oceans
Do rivers blend
When exploring love
Is there a beginning
Is there an end

Am I the words that
Bring you joy
Am I the war that
Ended Troy

Allowing sight
For all to see
Shadow defines
The original tree

Sacred is the language for all to be 

Sacred is the source of


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