Maintenance 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 We are in maintenance mode right now. As a musician and teacher, the end of May is when everything culminates in a glorious bustle of concerts, juries, final performances and of course weddings. This means I’m pretty much booked for 8-12 hours 4-5 days a week with performances or weddings onContinue reading “Maintenance “

Time. Truth. Heart.

Friday, May 1, 2015 Rainshowers bring spring flowers. Great. Also mud, and lightning. I don’t have any particular reason yet to go out in down pouring thunderstorms. I may be a little crazy, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. So no ride today. We’ve postponed our ride to Saturday because it appears toContinue reading “Time. Truth. Heart.”

She’s Got a Ticket to Ride

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Riding in my first LD event was a big step for team green to 100. With more reflection I am glad we participated in the ride instead of only volunteering because I learned a lot about what my horses need in their conditioning and home riding to be prepared for futureContinue reading “She’s Got a Ticket to Ride”

The No Frills

Saturday, April 25, 2015: Race Day 4:45am: I am not freezing. In fact I’m snugly warm in my cocoon. The first time I woke up was 1:20am. I think there was a loose horse stampeding around outside. I have always heard you don’t get much sleep before your ride. That seems like it would make itContinue reading “The No Frills”

I’ll Follow You Into The Dark

Saturday, April 4, 2015 Once again Nancy and I had planned to do my long ride, but the elements threw a curve. There was heavy rain on Friday and the Jackson River was rolling high. Nancy didn’t think Mireyah was ready for a high crossing yet, so we improvised once again and decided to takeContinue reading “I’ll Follow You Into The Dark”

Over the river and through the woods

Friday, March 13, 2015 Today was another farrier day. Faygo now has front shoes on for the season and is looking good. Khaleesi got a trim and her feet are also in good shape. The bruise from 6 weeks ago has hardened and healed up and with the hoof trim you can’t tell it happenedContinue reading “Over the river and through the woods”

Cloud Nine Ride

February 8, 2015 In thinking of a title for this post I could only come up with something to attempt to describe how pleased, happy and elated I am after today! This is the best day of 2015 (so far!). I felt Khaleesi was ready for a trail ride, but not alone, and I had come up shortContinue reading “Cloud Nine Ride”

Rider Training

Friday, February 6, 2015 I have focused mostly here about training and conditioning the horses but I have been thinking hard about the fact that an endurance ride also means conditioning and training of the rider. Me. I’ve read a ton about what I need to do to get my horse ready, but I’m not completelyContinue reading “Rider Training”

Out of the Arena

Winter is a busy work time for me- I would love to have more days at the barn, but teaching, grant writing, meetings and rehearsals turn me into a weekend rider from mid-January through about April. Things gradually ease up through late spring and longer days and decent weather make riding more accessible. These areContinue reading “Out of the Arena”