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…”

Tuesday Evening Diary – the beginning of a flirtatious relationship.

Tonight was my official 2nd date with Maestro. Riding to me is all about forming relationships with the horse. After all, these animals have the power and ability to seriously injure you if they truly wanted to. To put it in perspective – Alfie and I are like an old married couple. Martini and I,Continue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – the beginning of a flirtatious relationship.”

Sunday Evening Diary – ground work makes the dream work

Today was a ground work day for Alfie. Let me rephrase that – it was a groundwork day for ME & ALFIE. My Apple Watch tells me I burned 633 calories today, walked/jogged 4.19 miles, took a total of 9,033 steps. Now, whether or not Alfie burned 633 in our 42 min session, I did.Continue reading “Sunday Evening Diary – ground work makes the dream work”

Tuesday Evening Diary – welcome to dressage Maestro

Tonight my lesson was with the beautiful Maestro. I’ve only been on Maestro once before and I will be honest, I was nervous. Tonight, there were no nerves. I watched my trainer briefly ride him before me, just so I could see how he moves. It was now my turn. I got on him confidently.Continue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – welcome to dressage Maestro”

Sunday evening diary – Alfie wants to do more work, so we will do more work

In September 2019, Alfie and I competed in our first ever dressage horse show. It was a huge undertaking for us as we had only been in the world of dressage for less than 6 months. It was a walk/trot competition we entered. I wasn’t sure we were ready, but my trainer had every bitContinue reading “Sunday evening diary – Alfie wants to do more work, so we will do more work”

Tuesday Evening Diary – a lengthening of the stirrups, a little canter and the box

You may remember a few weeks ago I lengthened my stirrups with Alfie to assume a more “dressage” seat with a longer leg. It took me a few rides to adjust but I love it now. So tonight, I felt I was ready to lengthen them with Martini. The first thing I notice, my anklesContinue reading “Tuesday Evening Diary – a lengthening of the stirrups, a little canter and the box”

Saturday evening diary – no really Mom – can we please trot over the pole?

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when it comes to Alfie and our lessons, Alfie’s needs, feelings, and fears are all taken into consideration before whatever I would like to learn or accomplish with him. Many might disagree with my approach and that’s ok. My goal with Alfie is to enjoy our riding time togetherContinue reading “Saturday evening diary – no really Mom – can we please trot over the pole?”

Tuesday evening diary – pretty please can I have my stirrups back???

Today, before my lesson, I had the privilege of watching my trainer Kari ride Martini. “Tune up” rides is what she calls it. Martini is a school horse so he is used to working at the levels of the students who ride him. When my trainer got on him, all she could say was “heContinue reading “Tuesday evening diary – pretty please can I have my stirrups back???”