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.”

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!”

Saturday evening diary – Alfie’s body isn’t the only body that has changed.

I have always been a curvaceous adult…let me rephrase that…I have always been a chunky…wait, no, total honesty…I have always been a FAT adult. Like many, I was a skinny child right up until I hit puberty – between hormones and genetics – I was screwed. The weight piled on and deep down I hatedContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – Alfie’s body isn’t the only body that has changed.”

Tuesday evening diary – Happy Birthday Martini!!

Happy birthday Martini!!! We celebrated with pumpkin donuts, our party hat and me singing happy birthday to him very badly lol 🤣🤣🤣 Our lesson today was working on an actual dressage test. I successfully completed the intro test A which is a walk trot test. I’ve completed this test before at just a walk butContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – Happy Birthday Martini!!”

Saturday evening diary – if Alfie wants to trot – we trot!

An absolutely beautiful fall day. I get to the barn and walk past Alfie’s stall where I’ve got his ribbons still proudly displayed, I can’t hide the huge smile on my face. My boy. Oh how far we’ve come. I start walking towards his field, looking at all the beautiful trees changing colors, the airContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – if Alfie wants to trot – we trot!”

Tuesday evening diary – yes Martini – I’m really gonna ride you

2 days after the horse show and my body is still tired. But it’s Tuesday and it’s my date with Martini. We kept it light today, we worked on our haunches and shoulder work. At one point Martini seemed bored at just walking so we trotted a bit but honestly my body was in revoltContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – yes Martini – I’m really gonna ride you”

Sunday Diary – The Horse Show

Ok, it’s not Sunday, it’s Monday. What an amazing Sunday it was. It was the first horse show held at our barn. It was an in house show where all of my trainers students competed. There were children and adult classes. Several weeks ago I made the bold decision to not only ride Alfie inContinue reading “Sunday Diary – The Horse Show”

Tuesday evening diary – Martini and I are gonna do GREAT at the horse show.

Today was our last lesson before the show. We practiced the entire competition. My diagonals in one direction were great, but were a disaster going in the other direction. It took me several tries and I finally got it. That’s one thing about me, I don’t give up until I get it right. We areContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – Martini and I are gonna do GREAT at the horse show.”

Sunday Diary – a beautiful crisp fall day spent with Alfie

Fall has arrived. Yesterday, my husband and I went apple picking, it’s a yearly tradition that we both enjoy. We each get a bag to fill. My husband picks apples for baking, and I pick apples for Alfie. Yes, you read that right, I pick an entire bag of apples for Alfie. I took 3Continue reading “Sunday Diary – a beautiful crisp fall day spent with Alfie”