I’d like to get to know you

Sunday, January 31, 2016 I have been thinking about the human-horse relationship more and more lately. I used to think training was about getting the horse to do what you want/need, hopefully in a gentle way but the point was… Well… Obedience. It would be a bonus if that would also equal willingness.  Kind ofContinue reading “I’d like to get to know you”

How a year changes things. 

Sunday, January 23, 2016 Last winter I spent a lot of time riding Faygo and ponying Khaleesi along to help build her fitness. I used to nickname her ‘the anchor’ (not a great nickname for an endurance horse in training I suppose).  Pictures from last year ponying Khaleesi:         Today was the first time I rodeContinue reading “How a year changes things. “

Snow day gift 

Friday, January 22, 2016 As I lingered under the covers Thursday morning I thought about how pretty and mild the day was forecasted to be. The one day of the week I was booked solid from 9am-7:30pm. I grabbed my phone to check morning emails without climbing out of the covers even for coffee toContinue reading “Snow day gift “

Ride on 2016

January 2, 2016 Last year was my first introduction to endurance and the start of my blog. This year I know just enough to be dangerous… And still have a long learning curve to go.  I do have a few goals for this year, and hopefully they will help me continue with sound healthy horsesContinue reading “Ride on 2016”

Hunting the feel

Friday, December 18, 2015 The soft feel is the goal that it seems everything is in service to. Being able to do as much as possible with as little as possible. The instinct of when exactly to release when your horse begins to try- not to wait until the entire physical motion has played out.Continue reading “Hunting the feel”

Update… small steps

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Training a horse is insulting to the horse. Don’t be a horse trainer- be a horseman. A horseman educates the horse without the horse ever knowing its being trained…. Training a horse is absolutely finite. If you get the horse to operate as to be your legs you have exceeded theContinue reading “Update… small steps”

Down Time

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Khaleesi is now on a full week of rest. It seems like a really long time to me. It’s been actually one week plus one day. She is now completely barefoot. The first missing shoe was that corroboration I felt (coincidence, depending on your worldview) the next shoe was my first experienceContinue reading “Down Time”

The Cycle

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 I haven’t written in a while because we’ve been doing a mainly light pleasure riding and nothing very exciting has been happening in the team green world. We are waiting for the saddle to ship next month and whatever combination I use doesn’t seem to be all that bad but neitherContinue reading “The Cycle”

Indian Summer

Sunday, November 8, 2015 As I said in my last post… Winter is coming. But apparently not quite yet. I asked my husband one particularly warm late September day… do you think this is Indian Summer? No. This is just still summer. Now we are in November- have had frosty cold nights, some days withContinue reading “Indian Summer”