Saturday afternoon diary – a very special ride for my friend Heidi and a solo ride for me with Maestro.

It’s been 1 week since we said goodbye to the beautiful Cayman. One week later, emotions are still running high, but the healing process has begun. My friend Heidi came to the barn today to ride one of the school horses. It would be the first time she’s ever ridden him and the first timeContinue reading “Saturday afternoon diary – a very special ride for my friend Heidi and a solo ride for me with Maestro.”

Sunday evening diary – saying goodbye is never easy, even if you know in advance.

Yesterday we said goodbye to a beautiful horse named Cayman. Cayman was owned by one of my very good friends, and Alfie was Cayman’s first horsey friend. In fact, both boys became very good friends very quickly when they first met a little over 2 years ago. Cayman had cancer, yes, horses can suffer fromContinue reading “Sunday evening diary – saying goodbye is never easy, even if you know in advance.”

Saturday evening diary – Welcome to retirement Alfie ❤️

When I first met Alfie, I was a beginner in the world of horses. I had only been taking lessons for about 4 months before fate stepped in and Alfie and I became a team. We started our partnership with a weekly lesson followed by a ground work day. Alfie knew I was a beginnerContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – Welcome to retirement Alfie ❤️”

Wednesday evening diary – a solo evening ride outside

Yes, you read that correctly…Alfie and I enjoyed a solo ride outside…no babysitter, no chaperone, only us. We went around the property enjoying the warm sunny weather. It was a short ride but one that was pure bliss. Alfie and I have been partners for almost 5 years. I spent about 4 of those yearsContinue reading “Wednesday evening diary – a solo evening ride outside”

Saturday evening diary – a bond and love so strong.

An absolutely beautiful day at the barn. Spring is in the air, although it was a bit chilly, old man winter is still hanging around in spots. But the sun is warm and the birds are chirping so winter is packing it in until next year. I head to the paddock to get Alfie. 2Continue reading “Saturday evening diary – a bond and love so strong.”

Sunday evening diary – a rainy day, but still a fun day at the barn.

Yesterday, the weather was beautiful. Spring is in the air. Sunny and warm, Alfie and I had a great lesson and even took our first ride outside since the winter. Today, it was raining. Not just a little rain but A LOT of rain. The horses were sleepy, I mean it’s the perfect weather toContinue reading “Sunday evening diary – a rainy day, but still a fun day at the barn.”

Monday evening diary – my husband is my biggest fan

Horses and spouses. Sometimes, it can be a slippery slope. Jealousy & resentment can develop quickly when suddenly you find yourself spending countless hours at the barn with your barn family and horse, while your spouse sits alone at home. Trying to find that balance between spending time with your spouse and with your horseContinue reading “Monday evening diary – my husband is my biggest fan”

Tuesday evening diary – a disagreement at the mounting block, a few tantrums, trotting circles, some collection exercises and a forward trot all around the ring – an evening spent with Alfie.

The summary of my evening with Alfie is accurate. He pulled out some of his greatest hits tonight, the Alfie shuffle at the mounting block, the flying spit wad, dancing into the center of the arena, until finally, the record stopped playing and he started working with me. And together, we made beautiful music, soContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – a disagreement at the mounting block, a few tantrums, trotting circles, some collection exercises and a forward trot all around the ring – an evening spent with Alfie.”

Sunday afternoon diary – a short solo ride full of opinions…

The time changed last night, we sprung ahead 1 hour. I must say, my body is handling the change OK so far. Last year when the time changed I was a hot mess the first day and couldn’t seem to get on schedule well for weeks. Alfie, was extremely opinionated today. He was perfect forContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – a short solo ride full of opinions…”

Saturday evening diary – a little light gymnastic work for Alfie

Since coming off his 6 1/2 weeks of no work while recovering from 2 separate hoof issues, Alfie has had a definite spring in his step. He is more forward and only wants to trot. And when he doesn’t get his way, he lets his opinion be known. You might not think that a 6Continue reading “Saturday evening diary – a little light gymnastic work for Alfie”