Relics: Senior horses are the very best. The Grandfather Horse and I have been together for so long that the line between us blurred to gray and we can’t remember which century we met. We’re rickety relics of a story the two of us made up before we were born. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress … Read more
We did it all right. We took our time and prepared ahead. I was actually aware that over 60% of foals develop ulcers when they are weaned.
I feel sorry for people who don’t muck. How do they organize their thoughts? Or come up with creative training options? Or share peace of heart with the herd? This time of the year the barn swallows are very busy. They might be my favorite bird. There is some serious competition over on the pond; … Read more
Contrasts show the far extremes. They show the difference; an attempt to understand right from wrong through black and white sides. It’s the first step of understanding the nuance and opportunity of gray, the first opportunity for finesse. In the middle ground of gray, change is possible; adding a shade of this and a tone … Read more
Learning contact creates the sort of frustration that makes a rider want to take up insanely precise and complicated needle point just for a breath of fresh air.
Between our heads and their hearts, between our feet and their flanks, between our hands and their mouth, let there be Peace. I’ve seen enough bullying, enough pain-filled intimidation to last me. His resistance is toward your rudeness. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo- I enjoy … Read more
I almost got in a bar fight a few months back. I would feel better about this whole episode if I was sorry. The problem is that I’m not sorry.
It is hard to put into words what the thing is about horses. What the extra different thing this animal possesses that hook some of us so incredibly hard. I live and work with them every day and am still in awe of the extra space these magnificent animals take in our hearts. Three of … Read more
There is a time-worn adage about whips. Just like bits or spurs, whips are only as cruel or kind as the rider using them. Maybe. My mentor rarely rode with a whip, but if she did, she carried two. The most challenging horses loved her. Her corrections were impossibly quick and always fair. She was … Read more
It was one of those perfectly beautiful evenings at Infinity Farm. Edgar Rice Burro had been wrestling and scratching all day. Donkeys are the most playful animals I know. Just a few minutes earlier I had to take a wading pool away because he had torn the rim off. So he took to worrying the … Read more