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.”

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”

Saturday evening diary – a fun day with Alfie

Our 2nd ride since coming off of 6 1/2 weeks of rest went very well. Alfie had a lot of energy again but a bit more controlled, and he wanted to trot, so we did. His stamina needs time to build back to where he was but he lasted about 40 min before really gettingContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – a fun day with Alfie”

Tuesday evening diary – Team Braveheart for the win.

6 1/2 weeks… After 6 1/2 weeks – 2 injuries to 2 different feet, I am so happy that Alfie is healed, healthy and ready to ride. Driving to the barn today, I was excited and a little nervous, would Alfie be ready to ride, what if I get on and one of his feetContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – Team Braveheart for the win.”

Sunday Evening Diary – horses – a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Last Wednesday I went to the barn to work with Alfie. My boy was feeling frisky and energetic so I free lunged him in the arena – basically, he gets to run around and do whatever he wants. He cantered, he bucked, he even jumped a 2ft jump that was set up. My 27 yearContinue reading “Sunday Evening Diary – horses – a rollercoaster ride of emotions.”

Saturday Evening Diary – trainers, they are not all cut from the same cloth.

My drive home from the barn on Saturdays is when I start to gather my thoughts on what my diary entry is going to focus on. Instead of giving you the play by play of my fabulous lesson with Maestro, or how great Alfie is doing with his new shoe, I wanted to focus onContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – trainers, they are not all cut from the same cloth.”