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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Layers of speed, beauty, and heart. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a...

In the Gloaming…

It's been quite a year so far. We had fires the first half of summer and floods the second half....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

Fall Habits: Repair horse blankets: check. Install tank heaters : check. Winterize the Briard: check. Bad attitude about short days:...

Does Your Horse Answer by Rote?

"Répétez après moi." It's what the high school french teacher said and it's what we did. We repeated words after...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

Eary: The farm version. (And just the way we like him.) Anna Blake, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a...

Horses: Boarding or Homeschooling?

This Halloween was the 14th anniversary of moving here to Infinity Farm. In the beginning I called it the Howlin'...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

The horizon separates the earth from the sky, and in some ways, the physical world from the dream world. The...

The Day of the Dead: Barn Version.

You’d think that the first snow/death-to-flies celebration would cheer me up. But no, days are shorter now and I'm haunted...

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

Infinity Farm is a pretty colorful place, a vibrant palette of sky and landscape, with bold, iridescent personalities in our...

It’s Different for Girls…Body Image and Riding.

What do you think when you see this photo? Do you notice that sweet S-curve in his tail? It’s the...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

There is a space inside of a horse that has no borders, no ceiling, no base. It's an infinite space...

An October Romance.

It was innocent. They were looking for companionship, that's all. Each had suffered a loss and they were drifting a...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Good Morning. Top of the day to you! Morning is my favorite time of day. It's a chance to say...

Better Saddle Conversations.

Think of riding as a conversation. The first challenge is that we don't all speak English. And it isn't only...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Saturated. Drenched. Soaked. And feeling fine about it. The summer started with fire and evacuations, and ended with a month...

What to Do When Nothing Works.

We all have those rides where the simplest thing, the thing we do all the time, becomes impossible. The horse...

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

It's an Equine Line. They do it a lot. They sleep in lines, walk in lines, graze in lines. Here...

No Small Feat. (Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue.)

Meet Archie. He got introduced by that name, but I prefer being a bit more formal with him, as a...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Goats are not for everyone. You love them, or you hate them. They fight fences, and are always inside of...

The Battle Cry of An Old Gray Mare.

"Do You Work Out?" I find this question difficult to answer. I'm never sure what they are asking but it...

Rant from a Gray Mare.

"Do You Work Out?" I find this question difficult to answer. I'm never sure what they are asking but it...

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

  Donkeys, like Edgar Rice Burro, have a different point of view than horses. They manage to be both proud...

This Too Shall Pass.

The temperature had plummeted to 70 degrees, with a light breeze. Welcome, September. There was almost an hour of daylight...

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...

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