Experiments in action

Monday, December 18, 2017 For those of you who have questioned my sanity lately you’re not alone. There have been times I’ve wondered if I’m on the right track myself. I did not end up on a solo ride Friday. I found two mares a little stir crazy with the cold wind and spent more […]

Rock & Roll

Friday, December 15, 2017 It’s been about two weeks since I committed to getting into my horse’s world and I’ve spent at least some time with them almost every day. I felt pretty certain I would not ride again until I noticed a shift– at least some change in how my horse related to me. […]

Blackwater Swamp Monster

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 I just don’t do early mornings well.  Especially dark ride mornings that are 24 degrees after half freezing in the trailer even with a heater and having to get up to switch it on or off or change propane tanks.  Tacked up by 6:30am… that’s the goal. Ride start at 7. […]

Scoots 

Monday, January 30, 2017 Back to the details that keep us moving toward 100… which means 50 in just over a month.  My size 3 scoot boots arrived last week and I believe they fit. They are just tight   enough to be snug but not to cause pressure or rubbing.  I love the design. […]

Heart: on the road. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017 K seems to have pulled something in her shoulder and is slightly off so she’s on rest. If I had to guess it is a product of muddy fields and her self appointed job of keeping Wild Heart ‘in line’. Sometimes her bucking and galloping and sliding are less then graceful.  […]

Mud.

Friday, January 13, 2017 She asked if we could find some mud to train in.  After frozen ice and snow with a low Sunday night of 3 degrees, the temps rose to almost 60 Thursday with bouts of rain coming through.  This ridge road was a total mess in spots. After climbing to the ridge […]

Not Riding Today 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Middle school. At least I’m smart enough to ask for guidance from those who’ve gone before me… Today I had a phone call with my mentor… the question: what do I need to do to be sure K is ready for an early 50 in March this season? Should I be […]

Trial & Error (& Error…)

Monday, January 2, 2017 I’m not sure if this is a good first post of  the year or a bad one.  The January 1 change over to a New year seems somewhat man-made and arbitrary. In fact, if it were up to me I would have separated these big holidays out more over the year. […]

Middle School

Friday, December 30, 2016 Winter has come. Now I’m getting ready for Khaleesi’s second (full) season. I am not completely new to endurance, but I’m far from an experienced rider. I suppose figuratively I’m moving into the awkward middle school years.   This winter I am taking a horse with 5 LD rides and 3 […]

Anniversary… Of sorts. 

Friday, April 22, 2016 Last year the Old Dominion No Frills ride was my first taste of the endurance community.     The low was 35, it drizzled all night and I slept in my open trailer – cocooned in my hammock with 5 layers including a hat and scarf to keep from freezing.  This year it […]