The New Trail and the Canter

Monday, April 6, 2015 After our big ride, I gave Faygo (and myself) a lazy day to relax. Monday Judy came back to ride so I could get Khaleesi back on the trail. We took a ride Khaleesi had never been ponied on to see how she’d handle new scenery. The ride began by crossingContinue reading “The New Trail and the Canter”

Gaiting Speed Graphics

Friday March 27 & Sunday, March 29, 2015 This weekend brought particularly cold weather back, snow and wind. I had planned a big ride with Faygo on Friday where my friend Nancy would ride half the distance with me on her fiery little paso. The morning ended up in a very cold rain, so weContinue reading “Gaiting Speed Graphics”

Miles… Inversion… and Misc…

Update: Sunday March 22 – Tuesday March 24, 2015 As for Faygo, we rode one of my favorite trails on Sunday and did just under 12 miles and with a moving average of 4.6 we’re still improving. I don’t pay as much attention right now to the overall average because I’m not always able toContinue reading “Miles… Inversion… and Misc…”

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”

6 Imperatives for the Riding Horse

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Monty Roberts believes there are 6 imperatives for the riding horse. No matter what the discipline is, there are six basic things that a horse must reasonably do for one to be able to ride: “It is absolutely essential that your horse go forward, be able to turn left and right,Continue reading “6 Imperatives for the Riding Horse”

Snow-an introduction

Sunday, January 18, 2015 Hello, I decided two things in January of 2015: to take seriously the thought that I could complete a 100 mile equine endurance race and to write about my journey in a blog. I’ve thought about writing down my experiences since moving to the rural Virginia mountains in 2007, but neverContinue reading “Snow-an introduction”