Monday Evening Diary – it’s time for a new shoe Alfie

Driving to the barn today was very surreal. My logical brain believed what my farrier Bill & barn manager Regina thought – that something had changed in Alfie’s foot which required a new type of shoe. But as I’m sure many of you have experienced in life, sometimes the emotional aspect gets in the wayContinue reading “Monday Evening Diary – it’s time for a new shoe Alfie”

Sunday Evening Diary – kaboom!!

I arrive at the barn today and it’s still just as cold as it was yesterday, except – no sunshine today, so the bitter cold is sincerely in force. The horses have all been turned out except for Alfie, he is enjoying the entire arena all to himself. He hears my voice as I’m chattingContinue reading “Sunday Evening Diary – kaboom!!”

Sunday Afternoon Diary – cleaning tack and waiting for an abscess to pop

You all know that expression – a watched pot never boils. Well I can officially tell you the same is true for a hoof with an abscess. Today, I stared at Alfie’s hoof whenever I walked by him, trying to will the abscess to break open. I was excited to have the dressing changed toContinue reading “Sunday Afternoon Diary – cleaning tack and waiting for an abscess to pop”

Tuesday evening diary – pretty please can I have my stirrups back???

Today, before my lesson, I had the privilege of watching my trainer Kari ride Martini. “Tune up” rides is what she calls it. Martini is a school horse so he is used to working at the levels of the students who ride him. When my trainer got on him, all she could say was “heContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – pretty please can I have my stirrups back???”

Tuesday Evening Diary – hello Tally-Ho

Let me start by saying, today was an emotional day for Alfie, which translates into an emotional day for me. Several years ago, a lovely spiritual psychic told me that Alfie and I were connected in such a strong way that we feel each other’s emotions. It’s very hard to put into words, but IContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – hello Tally-Ho”

Saturday evening diary: a great lesson followed by a ride on a different horse.

What a great day. Not only was the weather beautiful for early November – sunny and warm around 73, but Alfie and I had a fantastic lesson. We worked on our shoulder exercises and he did well with them. As I was riding him today, my brain pulled up memories of how we were whenContinue reading “Saturday evening diary: a great lesson followed by a ride on a different horse.”

Sunday afternoon diary – sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the moment.

When I woke up this morning, my plan was to swing by the feed store to pick up some salt blocks for Alfie and Martini and then I was going to ride. Well, the visit to the feed store happened but my ambition to ride left shortly after I put Alfie into his stall. SoContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the moment.”

Saturday evening diary: longer stirrups and some new dancing shoes!

Dressage – it’s dancing with your horse. Beautiful fluid movements that not only showcase the athleticism of the horse, but the rider. Dressage saddles are not only comfortable but with padding in certain areas it places your legs where they need to be. When you are first learning any discipline, the length of your stirrupsContinue reading “Saturday evening diary: longer stirrups and some new dancing shoes!”

Saturday evening diary – if Alfie wants to trot – we trot!

An absolutely beautiful fall day. I get to the barn and walk past Alfie’s stall where I’ve got his ribbons still proudly displayed, I can’t hide the huge smile on my face. My boy. Oh how far we’ve come. I start walking towards his field, looking at all the beautiful trees changing colors, the airContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – if Alfie wants to trot – we trot!”