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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

  We live in a land-locked state, and my personal photo challenge requirement is that the photos be taken here...

Farm Animals in the Zoo?

A friend and I spent the day at the zoo last week. Colorado Springs has a wonderful zoo, on the...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

A foggy day, a photo out of focus, and a gray cloud of a horse, cantering. The only thing focused...

The Feel of Forward.

Forward: A good ground covering gait that pushes from behind, is very uphill, and free. Oh, so free. Sigh. We...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Carefree. Living in the moment really does lighten the load. She was three weeks old here, and her feet barely...

Bits: Metal on Bone.

The first thing she said in her lesson was that this horse had sent her to the emergency room more...

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

There are always two ways to see things. On one hand, horses can look like big, dull beasts of burden,...

Grouchy about Groundwork.

I've let loose a few decent rants about groundwork lately. I should apologize about the goose-shrill tone in my voice,...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

To foreshadow is to predict, to know ahead of time. It sounds mystical, but in this case, it was as...

How to tell if you're turning into a Horse.

To anthropomorphize is to attribute human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects. In other words, make animals over in our...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Masterpiece usually refers to a work of art. My first (35 yr.) career was as an artist and I loved...

Enjoying the Present (Senior) Moment.

How many friends have ridden my Grandfather Horse over the years? I lost count a decade ago. He is even...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

This newborn filly is very fresh, the bedding not so much. The miracle is this good brood mare Mom, no...

Dog Day Dressage: Notes from Nuno.

These are the dog days of summer. Initially, Romans related the hot weather to when the dog star, Sirius, was...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour for photography is golden for riding, too. It's golden for mucking, golden for scratching noses, and golden...

Walter on the Predator/Prey Thing.

Walter likes to think he's an only dog. Walter likes to think of himself as amazingly...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

My Grandfather Horse had an emergency vet call this week. He's okay now, but I'll be even more particular in...

Blogging About Blogging: Thank You!

It's Independence Day, time to celebrate liberty and freedom. May we ever run free. Blogs are a kind of like...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Grandfather horses and old goats know the same thing: Sharing breakfast is good enough for today. Companionable still, through seasons...

Telling Horror Stories

People love to tell horror stories. Once they know that I have horses, they can’t resist telling me about getting...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

The world through my eyes is no surprise, it's ordinary and unique at the same time.  My gaze always comes...

Dressage Fundamentals: One Day at a Time.

A few weeks ago it was cold and dark; winter is miserable horse weather. It was impossible to ride some...

» Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Voluptuous, Indulgent, Rubenesque. Grace with Curves. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a...

Firefighting, With Loaves and Fishes.

It's been in the 90's all week and our frail new grass was drying up quickly. I walked out the...

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting

Fleeting. Fleet of feet. Usually, I would post a photo of my Iberian Sport Horses galloping together, athletic and bold,...

Rescued by a Horse.

Have you ever been rescued by a horse? How old were you? Does it still happen? I've been thinking about...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

We don't have a lot of signs on the prairie, besides the liability sign that says riding is dangerous. We...

Couples Therapy or Horse Agility?

You both show up at the appointed hour. One of you is more enthusiastic, the other one is second guessing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

There was a full moon my first night here at Infinity Farm, almost 14 years ago. It was nearly as...

Fear: It’s What’s for Dinner.

Ever been afraid of a horse? No? I don't believe you. Fear is a pretty natural response, especially if your...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

"If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain. If you're not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain....

Why We Need Horse Friends.

“You know, no one will ever care about your horse the way that you do.” My friend said it in...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

Life is filled with patterns: the patterns of weather and patterns of relationship. We don't always choose the curve balls...

Walter Kills (bags) at Lure Coursing.

Dominating athleticism... Razor sharp senses...  Intense animal magnetism...  Walter! It's been three months since Walter came here from Wyoming Dachshund...

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

The view from above doesn't get better than this, it's a meeting of minds. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo...

A Very Thin Line.

A client and I went to see a horse this week. He belonged to her in the past, but I...

Weekly Photo Challenge : Culture

Culture, as a verb, is to maintain conditions that nurture and grow. That's the plan: to grow in understanding and...

The As-If Rule.

“That horse has been beat!” is her opinion. Sometimes you can look at a horse and just tell. He's showing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Edgar Rice Burro. Easy to look UP to, in so many ways. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is...

Relationship Status: It's Complicated.

I've been thinking about the words we use to label our relationship with the animals in our lives. It isn't...

Weekly Photo Challenge – Change

Change. Inevitable. Necessary. Not always pretty. “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs...

Mutual Respect and Trust, at Any Size.

I love working with ponies and minis. I know it isn’t politically correct for a dressage queen. I don't think...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

One of the first things you notice about living on the plains is that it's kind of... well, plain. There...

NEW BARN RULES

 I was at a barn recently, talking to the manager about a client who would be hauling her mule in. ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life

Live a day in my life, walk a mile in my shoes, before you judge me. Well, judge sounds harsh,...

Lead Mare/ Musical Chair

I’m lucky to have a herd of horses under my care. Some people call it horse poor, but I feel...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future."   Victor Hugo. Future tense: You sit here. Anna Blake,...

Sharing Horses with Little Sisters.

Paris and Boots, Photo by Mom. Ah, Spring! When a young girl's thoughts turn to... horses....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

I confess that I do not understand taking pictures of food. Nothing against it, I just don't get it. Unless...

Why We Love Them.

I had a philosophy teacher who believed that vulnerability was our greatest strength. I debated her; my shell was pretty...

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