Saturday afternoon diary – how to tell when your horse is in discomfort or just being a butt.

Today’s weather – hot and extremely humid with rain showers in the forecast. I get Alfie from his field and he happily trots to the gate to meet me. He enjoys his lunch of hydro hay, I get him tacked up and off we go. He stands at the mounting block for me – WOOHOO!!Continue reading “Saturday afternoon diary – how to tell when your horse is in discomfort or just being a butt.”

Tuesday evening diary: lesson was called on account of RAIN!

Hot and humid weather, this is typical for summer in NY. As I left my house the air was so thick and hazy, you could chew it. As I’m driving towards the barn, the sunny sky briefly disappears and a short rain shower attempts to clean the dust off my car. As I get closerContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary: lesson was called on account of RAIN!”

Monday thoughts…

Found this and just had to share it… How much weight can a horse carry.in my experience, a horse can carry an infinite amount.They can carry the weight of broken hearts, broken homes, and broken bodies. Countless tears sometimes comb their tangled manes. Moments when parents and friends cannot be there to help and holdContinue reading “Monday thoughts…”

Sunday afternoon diary – it’s a spa day

I woke up this morning and checked the forecast…high of 92 with crazy HIGH humidity. 😎 As I drive to the barn, air conditioner blasting, listening to some Beethoven – yeah I’m one of those classical music fans – my mind wanders to my lesson with Alfie yesterday. I think back 4 years ago whenContinue reading “Sunday afternoon diary – it’s a spa day”

Saturday afternoon diary – you are my sunshine when I’m feeling blue…

It’s been a very emotional last couple of days for me. On Wednesday I had to say goodbye to my cat Soxy. I had him from the time he was a rambunctious kitten. He was 20 years old when he passed. Driving to the barn today, I fought back tears just thinking about him. AsContinue reading “Saturday afternoon diary – you are my sunshine when I’m feeling blue…”

Tuesday evening diary: hello old friend

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve last had a lesson with Martini, and oh how I missed him. Some things have changed since I last rode him, Alfie and I enjoyed 2 pretty awesome trail rides. And that left me with a lot of confidence. My lesson tonight was great. We trotted poles and aroundContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary: hello old friend”

Saturday Evening Diary – a change in bit changed my horse…

Bits, bits and more bits. For my non horsey friends, bits are the part of the bridle that go into the horses mouth which the reins are attached to. There are many different types of bits, Western ones, English ones, training ones. I will admit, my experience with bits has been pretty limited, I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Saturday Evening Diary – a change in bit changed my horse…”

Sunday Evening Diary – time for a change of scenery

So my lesson yesterday had it’s challenges. I normally do not ride Alfie 2 days in a row, but last night I got to thinking. My boy loves to trail ride. And we hadn’t been trail riding in a very long time. We have a nice path that goes around part of the property intoContinue reading “Sunday Evening Diary – time for a change of scenery”

Saturday Afternoon Diary – a challenging lesson, a reminder that horses will continue to challenge…always

This picture was taken after our lesson, and after my trainer Kari rode him for a little schooling lesson. Alfie has always been a challenging horse to ride. Not challenging in a dangerous way, challenging in a stubborn way. I remember when I first got him, I would watch my teacher ride him and heContinue reading “Saturday Afternoon Diary – a challenging lesson, a reminder that horses will continue to challenge…always”