Tuesday evening diary – He likes it when I sing to him

Martini and I go way back. I’ve been riding him over a year now. In the past year, Martini has been a steady man under saddle. He’s well trained and will always take care of his rider. Despite his incredible talent and willingness when riding, his manners while grooming and tacking – well let’s justContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – He likes it when I sing to him”

Tuesday Evening Diary – come on Judy, breathe!

My lesson tonight was with the fabulous Martini. We worked on completing an entire dressage test at the proper gaits – so there was a lot of trotting. Something you all might not know about me…when I’m concentrating really hard when I ride, well, I tend to forget to breathe. Yeah, I actually hold myContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – come on Judy, breathe!”

Saturday evening diary – Supporting your partner is so important.

Having an older horse comes with a lot of challenges that most younger horses do not have to deal with. My sweet Alfie is 26 years young. He will be 27 in a matter of weeks. Every ride I have with him is truly a blessing. Over the years, our lessons have always been private.Continue reading “Saturday evening diary – Supporting your partner is so important.”

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!!”