Odds are

Thursday, April 19, 2018 Well today is load up to my favorite ride of the season and anniversary of sorts as it was my endurance event as well. The Old Dominion No Frills 55. Last weekend I spent two hot days (high of 80 on Friday) riding with my endurance friend Sally and a friendContinue reading “Odds are”

Love is patient.

Friday, April 5, 2018 I have been very interested in love for at least a year… what does love require… what does walking in love cost (it always costs something)… how do we take and give love to others and how do we love like the other (horse, human, dog etc) needs and not justContinue reading “Love is patient.”

Failure?

Sunday, March 11, 2018 I recently had coffee with a friend who also studies the Simple Equine Teaching (SET) method where we commiserated briefly on how we sometimes feel like failures with our horses. She had a few stories of horses questioning her leadership that sounded to me like she worked through pretty nicely. IContinue reading “Failure?”

Look… no hands?

Thursday, February 8, 2018 I’m grateful to have been able to find a day or two here and there for some regular riding each week in between freezing rain howling wind and snowstorms. We ended up with more snow accumulation than anticipated Sunday then beautiful sunny and mild Monday with the bonus of closed schoolsContinue reading “Look… no hands?”

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?”

Getting back out

Thursday, January 11, 2017 I’m grateful that the ‘snow day’ closing this week came on a day that turned out beautiful in the afternoon. And finally after weeks of bitter cold I got back out on into the Great Arena of the woods and had a really stunning ride. I am trying a new padContinue reading “Getting back out”

Windchill

Sunday, January 7, 2017 There isn’t a whole lot happening on the farm at the moment. Thankfully these sub-zero windchill days are dry and we don’t have feet of snow to trudge through on top of the bitter cold and wind. For the most part my mares seem content if not a little cranky andContinue reading “Windchill”

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 didContinue reading “The great arena”

The skies I’m under

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 You may notice this blog is unusual in that I have no photos. It just happened that I didn’t have my phone on me for the ride and I didn’t do any video or photos before/after today. Today I loaded up the mare and went to meet a friend for aContinue reading “The skies I’m under”