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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...

Weekly Photo (Phoneography) Challenge: My Neighborhood

The sunrise lives at the end of my driveway. To the west, past the Infinity Pond and Pikes Peak, the...

Balancing Priorities

Talk is cheap in the horse world, like most places. We talk about what our horses mean to us and...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details.

It's hard to get lost in the detail on the flat, windy, treeless prairie, the detail here is minimal. But...

A Flying Change… of Season.

We've had a long spell of nasty weather. Snow is one thing and wind is another, but a combination of...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

I use the word forward every day. In equine terms, it defines a preferred way of moving, but Edgar Rice...

Walter, Walter, Walter.

Walter is starting to settle in with us. Now I get to go to the bathroom by myself… about once...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Celebrating the second anniversary of Grace (aka Embrace) joining the Infinity Farm herd.  This was her first llama kiss, from...

They Love It, Even if You Do a Lousy Job.

Last week I complained about bi-polar February riding weather. I suggested ground-play as a positive alternative to riding some days....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

"Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners."  C.H. Parkhurst. Home at Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly...

Let That Pony Run!

February is an unstable time of the year. It isn’t spring and it isn’t winter. There are a few 50...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

The Wild Texas Wind, aka Windy. Not a particularly unique name. She's a chestnut mare, no shortage of those. She...

Rescue Me.

Walter Riding Shotgun If you follow this blog, you know I have been in a really...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

Not a great shot, it's in my writing studio- a tiny room with a giant desk. Only a few feet...

The Old Age Fiscal Cliff.

Could there be a more beautiful animal than a horse? Even old ones who nap on their noses like this...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Horses inspire dreams of beyond, it's their gift. But for a rider to get there, we have to celebrate exactly...

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...

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