Sunday afternoon diary: an amazing accomplishment for both Alfie and his horsey friend Cayman

When I first started riding 4 1/2 years ago, I met a fantastic lady named Heidi, who quickly became a fantastic riding partner and one of my closest friends. Heidi and I are close in age and her riding experience is vast. From English to Western, jumping and trail riding, you name it, she’s doneContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary: an amazing accomplishment for both Alfie and his horsey friend Cayman”

Saturday Evening Diary – a change in bit changed my horse…

Bits, bits and more bits. For my non horsey friends, bits are the part of the bridle that go into the horses mouth which the reins are attached to. There are many different types of bits, Western ones, English ones, training ones. I will admit, my experience with bits has been pretty limited, I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – a change in bit changed my horse…”

Sunday Evening Diary – time for a change of scenery

So my lesson yesterday had it’s challenges. I normally do not ride Alfie 2 days in a row, but last night I got to thinking. My boy loves to trail ride. And we hadn’t been trail riding in a very long time. We have a nice path that goes around part of the property intoContinue reading “Sunday Evening Diary – time for a change of scenery”

Saturday Afternoon Diary – a challenging lesson, a reminder that horses will continue to challenge…always

This picture was taken after our lesson, and after my trainer Kari rode him for a little schooling lesson. Alfie has always been a challenging horse to ride. Not challenging in a dangerous way, challenging in a stubborn way. I remember when I first got him, I would watch my teacher ride him and heContinue reading “Saturday Afternoon Diary – a challenging lesson, a reminder that horses will continue to challenge…always”

Sunday Diary – is summer over yet??

Goofy photo from yesterday 🤣🤣🤣 No riding today, the weather was so incredibly unpleasant. I spent the day feeding Alfie (to his delight) and I gave Martini and Ziggy luxurious bubble baths. This morning when I got to the barn our fantastic barn manager Regina couldn’t wait to tell me about the continuing saga ofContinue reading “Sunday Diary – is summer over yet??”

Saturday Afternoon Diary…bugs, heat, crankiness, a luxurious bubble bath and new shoes!

Talk about a full day for Alfie. I arrived at the barn and gathered up all of Alfie’s winter blankets for the cleaning service. I then broke up a brick of hydro hay and made his lunch. As I’m walking up to his field to get him, the sun is blazing and here comes theContinue reading “Saturday Afternoon Diary…bugs, heat, crankiness, a luxurious bubble bath and new shoes!”

Tuesday Evening Diary: I’m finally NOT throwing away the contact!

Today’s lesson was with Martini. This horse has an actual fan club. Everyone that rides him falls in love with him, and for good reason. He’s a school master. For many years riding Alfie, I would throw away the contact. The contact is one of the ways you communicate with your horse. The reins areContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary: I’m finally NOT throwing away the contact!”

Saturday evening diary – so much goodness where do I start…

Another super hot and humid day in NY. I’m not a fan of winter at all but this heat and humidity can really just break for a bit. The humans would love it and the horses would love it. I get Alfie from his field and he’s super happy because the heat was bad byContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – so much goodness where do I start…”