The Relationship

I knew when I brought home Ireland (now Khaleesi) as a barely handled 4 year old that I didn’t want a horse that complied with what I wanted or needed out of fear or force. I wanted a willing horse who would choose to be my partner. I didn’t want a trained horse, I wantedContinue reading “The Relationship”

Give up the pattern

Know when you have to give up the pattern to work on the dance. Emily Kemp My long term plans for Khaleesi include finishing higher mileage events culminating hopefully in a single-day 100 mile ride. For Wyoming at the moment it includes having a horse that can function as a solid trail partner including transportContinue reading “Give up the pattern”

Kairos

I like to imagine a horse knows her name and will tell you if you ask. Khaleesi was born on March 17 and named Shamrock temporarily until she was renamed Ireland. I knew when she came to live with me however, that she had a real name and would reveal it when she was readyContinue reading “Kairos”

REGROWTH

Happy New Year! A friend recently told me her family always has a single word to define the year ahead. As I pondered this concept I was working through the meaning of a recent dream. I journaled through the dream and the word came to me clear as the dawn of a new day ofContinue reading “REGROWTH”

Go ahead… explain…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 I believe there are reasons for the struggles and shaping I go through. They are good for me in the long run, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally throw a tantrum. Sometimes I have the energy to take the annoyance or difficulty in stride and sometimes I wish God wouldContinue reading “Go ahead… explain…”

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 IContinue reading “Peace”

The Long Dreams

Friday, July 6, 2018 Tevis season is near… the details that make my heart skip a little as I read about them. Why? Why on earth does this equine sport in its extreme forms appeal to some of us. I can’t explain it logically, but we are all created unique from one another, and forContinue reading “The Long Dreams”

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 DominionContinue reading “Delta-one-one”

Groundhog Day

Saturday, February 3, 2018 Some local friends have an annual tradition of spending February 2 (regardless of what day of the week it falls or the weather) devoting a night to their favorite French peasant dish: Cassoulet — paired with a screening of the classic allegorical film Groundhog Day. I love good food and thisContinue reading “Groundhog Day”

What would love require?

Monday, January 15, 2018 I heard something recently that made me pause. wait… I’ll take a step back and fill on the context surrounding New Years resolutions. Most often people look for ways to improve themselves in the new year, but this talk I heard asked a different question: what will you do to makeContinue reading “What would love require?”