Training the athlete

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 I had the whole day and decided to drop myself off on the road to Wilson Mountain and ride home from there along the ridge. It’s a beautiful ride and one that passes through a hunt camp that is off-limits during hunting season so I wanted to ride through there againContinue reading “Training the athlete”

Love the one you’re with!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 I spent the last week in Charleston, SC working with great teachers and students in the American Music System. We had a fantastic time and I enjoyed the sights and tastes of the beautiful historic city. I was inspired by fellow musicians and encouraged by wonderful students. But it’s always soContinue reading “Love the one you’re with!”

Flying

Week of July 20, 2015 I am heading out of town next week to teach at a wonderful music camp in Charleston, SC so I’ve tried to pack two weeks of riding into one. I’ve made a valiant effort and we had a great week. Monday I wrote about our anniversary ride, then Tuesday IContinue reading “Flying”

Just… Not… feelin’ it

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 My original riding plans fell apart for a few reasons. Then I woke up to dark skies and light rain (of course. It’s rained every day this summer) and though I knew it was supposed to clear up, I seemed to have a hard time re-grouping. After stalling with PR work, grant paperwork,Continue reading “Just… Not… feelin’ it”

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…”

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”