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!”

Tuesday evening diary – yes Martini – I’m really gonna ride you

2 days after the horse show and my body is still tired. But it’s Tuesday and it’s my date with Martini. We kept it light today, we worked on our haunches and shoulder work. At one point Martini seemed bored at just walking so we trotted a bit but honestly my body was in revoltContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – yes Martini – I’m really gonna ride you”

Saturday afternoon diary – horse show prep!

Today was my last lesson with Alfie before the horse show tomorrow! And what a day it was. Our lesson went very well. He stood totally still at the mounting block for me. We went through the classes and he is ready. Tomorrow might be a different story. Same barn, same horses he knows butContinue reading “Saturday afternoon diary – horse show prep!”

Tuesday evening diary – Martini and I are gonna do GREAT at the horse show.

Today was our last lesson before the show. We practiced the entire competition. My diagonals in one direction were great, but were a disaster going in the other direction. It took me several tries and I finally got it. That’s one thing about me, I don’t give up until I get it right. We areContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – Martini and I are gonna do GREAT at the horse show.”

Sunday evening diary – a trail ride, groundwork & cleaning tack.

I’ve gotten used to Sunday’s with Alfie being our “fun day.” Today we had the amazing pleasure of my best gal Heidi riding her horse Cayman. It was only the 2nd time she’s ridden him on the trails and a first time going with Alfie. Our pedestrian chaperones were barn manager Regina and her wifeContinue reading “Sunday evening diary – a trail ride, groundwork & cleaning tack.”

Saturday evening diary – watch out horse show, Judy and Braveheart are coming!

The other day, I’m sitting at home minding my own business when my barn manger Regina texts me asking what Alfie’s show name was. I wrote back and said Alfie. I told her he isn’t registered or papered so he doesn’t have an official show name. She then informed me he could have a showContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – watch out horse show, Judy and Braveheart are coming!”

Friday evening diary – a lovely day with my Alfie.

September 11. It’s a hard day to get through for our entire country. We all remember where we were when it happened. This day is always a heavy one on my heart. On September 11, 2002 – one year after tragedy hit our country, my father suffered a stroke, the damage done would lead toContinue reading “Friday evening diary – a lovely day with my Alfie.”

Tuesday evening diary – getting ready for our horse show!

We are having a horse show at the end of this month!! My plan is to enter it with Alfie, but today’s lesson with Martini was to go over what I would be doing with Alfie. The classes I’m doing with Alfie are all at a walk, and he should be fine with what weContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – getting ready for our horse show!”