Sunday afternoon diary – gaining weight & getting fit 🤷🏻‍♀️

I know what you are thinking – gaining weight AND getting fit?? Yes, that’s what is happening – not to me, but to Copper. When I purchased Copper, I had a pre-purchase exam (PPE) done by a vet. Part of the exam is a body scale ranking where weight, fat and muscle figure into aContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – gaining weight & getting fit 🤷🏻‍♀️”

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.”

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”

Sunday evening diary – Alfie wants to do more work, so we will do more work

In September 2019, Alfie and I competed in our first ever dressage horse show. It was a huge undertaking for us as we had only been in the world of dressage for less than 6 months. It was a walk/trot competition we entered. I wasn’t sure we were ready, but my trainer had every bitContinue reading “Sunday evening diary – Alfie wants to do more work, so we will do more work”

Tuesday Evening Diary – a lengthening of the stirrups, a little canter and the box

You may remember a few weeks ago I lengthened my stirrups with Alfie to assume a more “dressage” seat with a longer leg. It took me a few rides to adjust but I love it now. So tonight, I felt I was ready to lengthen them with Martini. The first thing I notice, my anklesContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – a lengthening of the stirrups, a little canter and the box”

Saturday evening diary – no really Mom – can we please trot over the pole?

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when it comes to Alfie and our lessons, Alfie’s needs, feelings, and fears are all taken into consideration before whatever I would like to learn or accomplish with him. Many might disagree with my approach and that’s ok. My goal with Alfie is to enjoy our riding time togetherContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – no really Mom – can we please trot over the pole?”

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???”

Sunday afternoon diary – a rare solo ride for me and Alfie!

Wow! It’s a Sunday diary entry!! It does happen but it’s rare.😊 Sunday’s. My day to relax with Alfie. In the summer – it’s a trail riding day. In the winter, it’s a clean tack kind of day. But today, I wanted to ride my boy. I got up, put on my now fitting sizeContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – a rare solo ride for me and Alfie!”

Saturday evening diary – getting round and skinny at the same time!

If you are reading the title of this entry, you might be a bit confused – I mean getting round and skinny at the same time doesn’t sound possible, but it is. Let me explain.😉 Getting round. In the dressage world, getting round refers to the horse’s form while walking, trotting and cantering. I’ve referredContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – getting round and skinny at the same time!”