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Surviving Old Age: Part One.

Can we talk about surviving old age?  It isn't mine I'm worried about. It'll catch up without any help from...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Isn't the word Illumination sometimes used in conjunction with saints?  Maybe this horse with a halo is a patron saint-...

What Does Success Look Like?

I was walking a client out of the arena and doing the end-of-lesson list. I talked about the high points...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

Baby Howdy says: I want to chase horses. I solved it by going under the gate and she put me...

New Year's Day, minus the Happy.

It was New Year’s Eve, and I was listening to a sad radio memorial about the musicians who passed this...

A Wish for the New Year.

  Happy New Year from all of us at Infinity Farm.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

I don't need more than one photo to describe 2012. This one says enough. "The real voyage of discovery consists...

Auld Lang Syne from You…

The sun's out and there isn’t much snow, but nothing's melting at all. It's been bitter cold during these days...

A Holiday Kiss (Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise)

It isn't a surprise that Edgar Rice Burro would share his affection this way.  It's just a bit startling to...

Edgar Rice Burro's Thoughts on Peace.

Disclaimer: I'm going to transcribe for Edgar. Donkeys are very smart, profoundly philosophical and endowed with Victorian sensibilities. Edgar is...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Delicate. Every single life. Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo- I enjoy twisting...

What’s Less Fun Than Saddle Shopping?

That new saddle smell. Nothing. Not a thing. I hate saddle shopping. It makes my head...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Edgar Rice Burro, less than thrilled. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a...

Humor Deficit Disorder: Serious Riders and Stoic Horses.

"Seriously, you are no fun at all. I hate to say it, you're my human, but really, lighten up!" Humor...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

My worn fleece. My wrinkly face. The reflection never gets old. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a...

Discipline: Writing and Riding.

This week I was talking to a writer-friend about how he approached a new project and he offered to share...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Intellect, perception, creativity, memory, dreams, intuition. My mind, his mind, your mind; all connected in the Universal Mind. Today I'm...

Thanksgiving with Family.

The holiday season is upon us. From Thanksgiving till the end of the year, we're encouraged to celebrate the family,...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Black and White is Green. This mare is young and inexperienced, with just a few months under saddle. In riding...

Mucking for Peace.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I think we should nix all the others and celebrate Thanksgiving every month. I am...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Breath = Renewal. It's easy to forget how good it feels to lift your nose in the air and take...

How to Get a Stinky Old Dog.

Puppy breath is one of those addictive smells that isn’t actually pleasing aromatically. Still, who doesn't inch their nose dangerously...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

"I am an Artist. I was told there would be no math." Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is...

A Public Service Announcement: The Answer is Forward.

In a normal week I probably suggest, chirp, cajole, beg, and sometimes yell- the word forward at least 3 million...

Happy Haloween.

Go ahead, get to bed early. We dare you. (Black cats are amateurs.) Infinity Farm, 13 years old today.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Foreign no More. We are a melting pot: Polish, Iberian, Canadian, Irish, Native American- and those are just the horses....

What's More Natural Than Piaffe?

“Will you come over and ride our horse?" she asked. "We know he's a dressage horse, we just don’t know...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

"God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." says Scarlett, in the movie Gone with the Wind, in silhouette....

The Relative Misery Factor (Prepping for Winter.)

The wind positively howled. There was sun, not that you could feel it. The horses didn't want turn out. It...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

Well, size is so often a question of perspective. But sometimes size is altered by our emotions, too. We had...

Farm Politics: It Takes All Kinds.

It Takes All Kinds. And here at Infinity Farm, we have all kinds. In fact, we have inter-species chaos. I...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

It was last summer- a storm with lots of thunder and lightning, and a downpour of steamy rain. That was...

Beware: Colic Season.

She was lying flat- eyes closed, flank tense and very quiet. As I got closer I could see lots of...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

To be Owned by a Dog. Says Tomboy the briard, "She is mine and I must protect Her. She's very...

Hard-Headed Women.

Bull-headed, sometimes pig-headed: these are names that you might call an obstinate tomboy of a daughter. It wasn't meant as...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

Solitary sun, solitary moon, solitary duck. One by one by one- it adds up to a one-of-a-kind world. Anna Blake,...

Autumn and Indoor Sports.

It is autumn now. I should be writing poetic blogs about geese on the wing, abundant golden harvests, or maybe...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Everyday Life. Everyday dawns pink on the prairie. Breakfast with the mares. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is...

A Little Llama Life.

We have a decently healthy herd here at Infinity Farm. We are eight species strong- mostly horses, but our fair...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

  Near and Far can be places in perception. When I was younger it seemed I was always looking past...

Duck Dressage at Infinity Farm.

My ducks are growing up and they need a hobby. Dressage seems the obvious choice. Dressage has an elite, almost...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

His name is Spirit. He is the Grandfather horse of my herd, 25 years old. Free? I think in some...

Cheer up! It’s all your fault.

We've all been there: Schooling our horse, asking for something, but not getting the right answer. We try one thing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN

URBAN....   at Infinity FARM? Well, I guess our pool is a pretty urban spot. You can always find a crowd...

Back to School Time.

It's that time again- the sun's a bit late in the morning. Geese are starting migration and horses are growing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

Merge: Sometimes it is hard to tell where one of us stops and the other one of us starts, in...

Is My Horse Suitable for Dressage?

The 2012 Summer Olympics concluded this week. Dressage got a bit more attention than usual, partly because of Great Britain's...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

If Loving You Is Wrong- I Don't Want To Be Right. Sing along. Edgar Rice Burro and Anna, Infinity Farm....

Victim of Love: The In-Your-Pocket Horse.

Photo credit: Carol Walker, Living Images -Written by request from another trainer. Nothing I am about...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Tiny ducks. It started innocently enough. Growth: no kidding. Beaks, webbed feet, and most of all, poop.  There, I said...

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