Saturday evening diary – slow, steady, consistent work gives you amazing results

After my less than ideal lesson with the fabulous Tally-Ho left me in tears, I was excited to ride my Alfie today. First step – the mounting block. For those of you keeping score, Alfie’s streak of standing at the block ended 2 weeks ago. Last weekend, my trainer and I worked with him againContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – slow, steady, consistent work gives you amazing results”

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 – I love learning how to dance with Alfie

So I posted Laura Bechtolsheimer’s Olympic performance in dressage from 2012 because it is incredibly beautiful. Also, because while watching it, I can now identify many of the movements she and her horse are doing and that’s just really freaking awesome. A few years ago, I would’ve just thought this routine was beautiful. Now afterContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – I love learning how to dance with Alfie”

Tuesday evening diary – I found a horse with a slower gait than Alfie!

Tonight was my second lesson on the amazing Maestro. My trainer Kari rode him first to warm him up for me. While they were walking I looked at Maestro’s gait and realized that although he appears to be moving slowly, his walk was forward enough where his back feet were tracking his front feet whichContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – I found a horse with a slower gait than Alfie!”

Saturday evening diary – it’s my birthday – and I spent it with my love.

For those of you that are wondering, yes, I am married. My husband of 5 years is my biggest cheerleader when it comes to Alfie and horseback riding. He has supported me since day 1, and although his severe allergies to both horses and hay has prevented him from participating in this journey physically withContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – it’s my birthday – and I spent it with my love.”

Friday evening diary – a cozy snuggle day with my Alfie, and a constant reminder to myself that slow and steady always wins.

Ah, what a year it’s been. Thanks to the pandemic, I have been working from home since the early part of March. I go into my office 1-2 times a week for a few hours to print and mail my investigation letters but other than that, I’m stuck at home. Working from home was aContinue reading “Friday evening diary – a cozy snuggle day with my Alfie, and a constant reminder to myself that slow and steady always wins.”

Tuesday evening diary: a new horse and new arena footing!!

So, I’m fairly new to indoor arenas. Prior to boarding at a barn that has an indoor arena, I rode exclusively at a facility that only had an outdoor arena where the footing was sand and rocks. If the rocks could’ve been removed it would’ve been pretty close to perfect. The footing in our indoorContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary: a new horse and new arena footing!!”

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!”