“My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
A friend of mine volunteered at a nursing home. One of the patients there was always talking about riding and my friend thought that maybe I could come along and talk horses with her. That was what I knew when I entered her room.
I wasn’t born in a barn. It was the small building south of the barn- our house. As the youngest, there were times that I needed a baby sitter, but there weren’t always hands free for that job on our farm. I gave everyone a good scare as a toddler. My Mother noticed I was missing from the spot she … Read more
First- thanks for reading past the title- you are fearless. But on that other hand, can someone tell me what is scary about fecal matter in the first place? My farm has leavings from 8 different species and fear of it is an urban luxury we can’t afford.
That is what I called my first truck- the perfect purse. It could carry all I needed for work and barn, and if folks didn’t like the dogs in front, it had a shell on back they could ride in- along with assorted saddles and art supplies, boots and feed. My trucks are always bought … Read more
Lots of us riders are perfectionists. It isn’t a bad thing to want to get things right. We want the best for our horses- the best care they can have for their health and well being into old age. We want to be the best riders we can so that their work is easier … Read more
I want to say this upfront- I do not tweet. I have to draw the line somewhere. I admit I do read a friend’s tweets. Sometimes I can’t make out the tweeted idea at all- it looks more like symbols and punctuation than intelligible information. Last week I saw this tweet and it has stayed … Read more
The horse show last weekend was the challenge we expected, meaning surprises didn’t surprise us. One rider with a young horse had two unplanned dismounts the week before the show. One rider trying to balance show nerves got scolded by the judge who (we eventually figured out) confused her with another rider. Nothing that happened … Read more
The helmet debate continues for riders, especially of my generation. It flares up when well-known competitors or local friends get injured. After the incident passes the debate continues at a quiet level. I will be honest: I am late to the helmet wearing side of this debate. Before, I would wear them for some events … Read more
Utube video banned! Just kidding, but these girls rock!Clara and Brisa are Iberian Sport Horse fillies. Note to self: If you are going to do the Natural Horsemanship Two-Step with the fillies, get someone else to take the photos. Both fillies were born here and we started ground work on day one. For the uninitiated, this … Read more