Sometimes you’re the windshield

… sometimes you’re the bug…. Friday, September 7, 2018 This song has been wafting through from my teenage years from Mary Chapin Carpenter of late. I am preparing for the Biltmore 50 on September 20. It’s the AERC national championship ride and I was just informed Khaleesi and I qualify for it! I’ve been amping […]

Peace

August 13, 2018 Things in the barn have been quiet lately. No that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped going! Very funny. After years… at least four or five or even six… of seeking a different way of relating to horses… of struggling to connect and communicate with them more effectively. Something has clicked over. Friday I […]

Delta-one-one

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 I promised Khaleesi to adjust the competition schedule this year to reflect her request for less gnarly grueling rocky trails. As I am a woman of my word I did not enter the Beast of the East this year as a competitor. However I have grown to love my Old Dominion […]

What I really want.

Monday, January 29, 2018 I’m at an odd sort of place where I could share a million little details of every barn visit… but then at the end I almost have nothing at all specific to say. While I’m in the moment there are a ton of things going on… little conversations… things I’m learning […]

The great arena

Thursday, December 28, 2017 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! The bitter cold temps are setting in with a shiver. I am less die hard this winter to keep up a conditioning schedule and am encouraging some physical rest during the coldest days working on mental and basic retooling of some simple things. I did […]

The knife.

Monday, November 6, 2017 My journey into hoof health continues. I went back to check my hoof history and am reminded that I’ve only had this mare just over 3 years (feels like I’ve had her forever…) and actually she was only in shoes starting as a 5 yr old: 2015: August-November 2016:April-November 2017: March-June […]

Miracle.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 The last post Against the odds I said I was looking forward to a miracle or a lesson. In fact I got both. The lessons can wait a day or so until I collect my thoughts but a shorter review on the big question of the hoof boots seemed like a […]

Against the odds

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Early registration and deposit for the Fort Valley 50 next Friday in mail: check. Last 26 mile ride to be sure my girl is still holding up: check. Tack cleaning and pre-packing started: check check. At the moment I am on target to head out in less than a week for […]

Slims

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Well they’re here! After the original intended release in June I ordered them as soon as I saw they were not ‘backordered’ and ready to ship from Australia. Took a pretty hairy first ride to try them out- sort of accidentally. Drove to a nearby friend’s place for a short-ish but […]

Discomfort.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 Friday brought a beautiful mild early Fall day and a long overdue ride with some friends. Khaleesi seems to be coming back all around so this ‘fast and far’ ride seemed a good testing ground to see where she is. My friend’s son in from NYC had only one birthday wish […]