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”

Always Be Prepared!

Saturday, April 11, 2015 Today Faygo and I went for a quick ride. We were excited to try out her new Zilco snap on bridle. It’s a beautiful bright blue and looks great on her! The headstall and bit connect with a snap to her rope halter (or a biothane halter) and make it easyContinue reading “Always Be Prepared!”

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”