Unnatural Horsemanship 

Monday, May 16, 2016 Bull butter… It’s not natural horsemanship. There is nothing natural about it. You’re asking a horse to give up their nature and partner with you. It’s opposite of natural for them to think and not run. –Buck Brannaman I took a long weekend to spend a few days visiting my momContinue reading “Unnatural Horsemanship “


Last few days before the No Frills, April 2016 What do we do the week of the ride? Ride… A little. Take a leg stretching leisurely 5 mile ride on Tuesday with no goals except to enjoy the horse-human relationship. No speed work, no mountain climbing, we used our horsemanship open to and close a lotContinue reading “T-minus”


Sunday, April 17, 2016 My farrier came back on Friday. I have said before that he is my most trusted and valued equine professional. Thankfully his son seems to want to follow his footsteps and is showing a lot of promise in the art because I could outlive him and I worry about what onContinue reading “Pads”

Moving right along

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 It’s nice to have a run where all falls into place. I will try to remember this the next it all seems to fall apart (realistically you do get both). Since my last post I’ve been riding, studying, researching, working out and processing.    The processing is what I do here…Continue reading “Moving right along”

Winter Speed Ceiling

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 I woke up to snow flurries yesterday morning and temps in the 20s. I figured we’d ridden in worse weather in February so better get out there and get some miles in anyway. Plus there’s no stopping Susan – she doesn’t get cold! Thankfully it didn’t take long for the overnight/earlyContinue reading “Winter Speed Ceiling”

The Learning Distance (LD)

March 25-26, 2016 Leatherwood Mountain Challenge, Ferguson, NC: 25 miles.  Dark, starry night. Camp is quiet by now though it’s only 10:30. I can’t sleep this early- and even when I do sleep it won’t be sound. I always listen for the munching and drinking of my horse. A horse chewing hay outside your trailerContinue reading “The Learning Distance (LD)”

High alert!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Last ride before our first ride. To those who’ve been following our story that probably makes sense to you. For those new readers: our first ride of the season is Saturday, and this is our last ride before we head out to the leatherwood challenge this weekend.     Kate came toContinue reading “High alert!”

You’re making me dizzy…

Monday, March 21, 2016 Susan often reminds me that Khaleesi is the biggest handful when she’s had too much time off.  It’s been just about a week since our last ride. The way life happens sometimes- our team training ride over the weekend was cancelled and I ended up out of town over the weekendContinue reading “You’re making me dizzy…”

Disorganized thoughts. 

Sunday, March 12, 2016 This post is a reflection of my brain at the moment – which seems to have a lot going on. Probably too much. So apologies in advance for the spider web of information I am about to present.  Let’s begin with Friday.  Friday brought both the farrier and the vet visitContinue reading “Disorganized thoughts. “

You say it best…

When you say nothing at all. Monday, March 7, 2016 All the great horsemen (and women) seem to agree that the language of equus is a language of gestures and body movements. I’ve known this a long time- at least since I was inspired by Monty Roberts to try to work with my new youngContinue reading “You say it best…”