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.”

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.”

Saturday Evening Diary – Wakee Wakee Eggs & Bakee!

So, I’m not even sure if I spelled that correctly but it’s what I say to all the horses I ride when I feel that they are moving to sluggish. It makes me laugh and it gives me a boost of confidence right before I ask them for a little more effort. 😊 I wantContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – Wakee Wakee Eggs & Bakee!”

Saturday Evening Diary – Brrrr, it’s cold – a chaperoned “date” and a patient still in the medical ward.

Winter. It is winter. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be cold. But this is like Alaska cold. Ok, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating but when you wake up and it’s 10 degrees outside but a real feel of 1, it becomes Alaska cold lol. Because of the blast of extreme cold, the horses haven’t beenContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – Brrrr, it’s cold – a chaperoned “date” and a patient still in the medical ward.”

Saturday Evening Diary – a scandalous 3rd date, a walk around the arena and a diaper filled with Epsom salts…

It’s Saturday. As I pull into the driveway of the barn, I glance over at Alfie’s paddock, he sadly isn’t in it. It’s been 3 days, the abscess on his foot hasn’t blown out yet. Wait, I didn’t tell you about the abscess! On Wednesday I went to the barn for our groundwork session. I’mContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – a scandalous 3rd date, a walk around the arena and a diaper filled with Epsom salts…”