H52611

 Saturday, July 11, 2015 We have officially committed! I’ve registered Ireland’s Khaleesi as an AERC Grade Horse. Considering she has 4 different breeds, we decided to basically call her an equine mutt, which is what a Grade Horse is. Because she does have 1/4 Arab I could have chosen to list her as an Arab Cross,Continue reading “H52611”

Two people. One horse. One tough race.

Friday, July 10, 2015 Today Kate and I finally made a date to practice a ride & tie. We’d been tossing the idea around since May, and we decided to make a goal of the Iron Mountain Jubilee ride weekend at the end of August- so that meant we really had to get out thereContinue reading “Two people. One horse. One tough race.”

On track

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 As for our riding and training, I have to say there isn’t anything particularly exciting to report right now. I’ve taken a few rides since I last posted and for the most part they’ve been good and uneventful rides. I enjoyed an exploratory ride on Faygo over the weekend. We mapped outContinue reading “On track”

A horse, a dog and a hammock…

June 29-July 1, 2015 This week we spent 3 days in Camp Creek State Park in WV. It was a really nice park and we had the horse campground all to ourselves. After the mare squabble a few rides ago we’d decided I would ride with my friend and the 3 hour haul in theContinue reading “A horse, a dog and a hammock…”

The force… takes a lot of energy…

Sunday, June 28, 2015 After two days of pouring down rain, Sunday brought partly cloudy skies and mild breezy temps. Perfect for a Faygo day. I hadn’t been on her in more than a week, and just hopping into her saddle (the one I bought this spring- which I love!) felt like going home. KhaleesiContinue reading “The force… takes a lot of energy…”

Riding Lesson

Friday, June 26, 2015 I haven’t spent much time on trotting horses and decided this spring I could use a lesson to improve my riding skills. If we’re going to ride 100 miles over 20-plus hours, I think it would help us both if I were more balanced and efficient up in the saddle. TheContinue reading “Riding Lesson”

Run Through the Jungle

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 On our camping trip last week we had discussions about being stuck in tents and trailers with those who snore. I told Madison (we hung hammocks in a stall) that I could not guarantee a snore-free experience because I had no idea if I snore. The next day she exclaimed “Nope-Continue reading “Run Through the Jungle”

Take Away

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 I’ve been thinking about what I learned from volunteering at the OD ride for a couple of days now. As much as it was hard to be there without a horse watching everyone else doing what I wanted to be doing, it was an invaluable experience and I’m so glad I volunteered.Continue reading “Take Away”

Manure on our Shoes

Sunday, June 7, 2015 One more small step: first overnight trip. Douthat is a local state park with fantastic horse camping sites. It’s still in the county, barely an hour drive door to door, and has new covered stalls for the horses complete with buckets, water, and horse amenities like shovels and wheelbarrows and hayContinue reading “Manure on our Shoes”