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!”

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.”

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!”

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”

Saturday afternoon diary – horse show prep!

Today was my last lesson with Alfie before the horse show tomorrow! And what a day it was. Our lesson went very well. He stood totally still at the mounting block for me. We went through the classes and he is ready. Tomorrow might be a different story. Same barn, same horses he knows butContinue reading “Saturday afternoon diary – horse show prep!”

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”