Relaxed & Forward Blog

Blurring the Line Between Predator and Prey.

One of the first things to know about horses is that they are prey animals. Simply put, that means that...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."  ~Winston Churchill...

Mentioning Unmentionables.

I'm going to be blunt about sports bras- not trying to offend anyone, (or exclude either of my male readers.)...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Dreaming of warm sun on a perfect herd. Dreaming of reality. Anna, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly...

The Dressage/Massage Warm-up.

What if an arena ride had the effect of a massage for a horse? Wouldn’t the rider feel great too?...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Movement. Soaring on hooves Across the prairie Landing in your chest. Anna, Infinity Farm. WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly...

Dressage: It Rhymes with Massage.

 Horses have been a key part of our culture ever since they civilized us centuries ago- in everything from transportation...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

The llamas are having a fleeting moment. Edgar Rice Burro is day dreaming about being a fleeting llama. Life is...

Hearts of Fire: Waldo Canyon.

Infinity Pond in a greener year. First of all, the herd here at Infinity Farm is...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

We are so cool that our obstacles have obstacles! The Dude Rancher has been creating special obstacles for Horse Agility,...

Horse Trading and Online Dating.

My grandfather Percy Blake was a horse trader. They say he had a good eye, but I could never quite...

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE

Horse Yoga. So very close- it's your breath that I exhale. Anna Blake Infinity Farm.

Love + Fear = Confidence

It starts pretty much the same way for most of us: One day we see a horse. He's beautiful and...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

Friendship. This week I lost a friend, taken much too young. I hadn't been in touch for a few months...

Helmet Advice from Your Horse.

Tomorrow is International Helmet Awareness Day. I usually mark the day by writing about horses and helmets. Every year I...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

Today: A million tomorrow shall all pass away, ‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.  -lyrics by...

Duke Ellington has a Message for Dressage Riders.

It goes without saying that Duke Ellington is right, about most everything. And even horses agree. But I get ahead...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

The photo prompt is Summer, and it is Memorial Day. And each year I get older, days like this have...

Edgar Rice Burro's Theatrical Debut…

... and what donkeys offer the real life dressage world. We're just home from Edgar Rice Burro's debut in the...

Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue Benefit Clinic Flyer

This clinic will be a fun day with interesting activities for you and your horse. And come even if you...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

Pinky Pledge Sometimes their lives are in our hands, and sometimes our lives are in their hands.  Trust can grow...

Why I Have No Sense of Humor About Arena Footing.

I have no sense of humor about arena footing. None. Let me start here: I don't consider a plowed up...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

 A different kind of blue eye: not blue- the color, and not blue- the emotion. Silver blue like a dream...

Compassion for All Life. Not Quite.

This morning a lone Canadian goose flew over my pond, calling loudly- back and forth, and again. I wondered if...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

We all love a good thunderstorm here at Infinity Farm. This spring is dry and I'm remembering a great storm...

Do you think it’s time to clean the truck?

My hay guy got a new truck- a pristine dually in a pearlized-platinum color, with near Porsche-like lines. That big...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Edgar Rice Burro and Holiday. Together. It isn't that they just love each other. Edgar would prefer Holiday not lay...

A Legacy of Spirit

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

Our world revolves around the Sun. It provides warmth and creates a sense of time, giving a routine to life....

A Retirement Resistant Spirit.

‎An article of mine was published in a national dressage magazine in 2006. Spirit had been retired two years and...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

Our herd has many subjects, but here are two having a sunny shadow/play. They are literal opposites- mare and gelding,...

Braids and Breeches: The Perfect Ride.

There were lots of great rides in Spirit's 25 years, but this was the most perfect ride... Spirit was something...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao-tzu. The word Journey seems almost synonymous with life....

Spotless- My introduction to Dressage.

Please excuse the photo quality- it's from the 80's. I have no excuse at all for...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

It's my life that is arranged, one gray horse to the next, with some bay horses in between. Do you...

Can We Talk About Barn Bathrooms?

It was my first day at a new barn with a perfect indoor arena! Before lessons began, I asked the...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

THROUGH. In the dressage world, the term Through is much debated, sometimes misunderstood, and deeply desired reality. Through is a...

Walk Detention

I've been remembering my first experience in Walk Detention. It was the dark ages and I was a training level...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

UNUSUAL. It was an unusual February day. I was spending the morning in an unusual position. When I opened my...

Horse Agility at Infinity Farm.

Lori Torrini and Sueno in the pool.
Think of it as a trip to the amusement...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Contrast. Well,not so much color-wise. This photo is a veritable rainbow of browns. But there is a contrast in species....

Looking for a Sign…

When the autumn time change happens, I always feel like my house gets smaller- by a few acres. The outside...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

A distorted image can still tell the truth. This is a shadow on a cold and very windy, winter day....

Edgar Rice Burro, Bon Vivant.

I think we all knew it was only a matter of time. Edgar wanted me to wait to make this...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Hank would know. Anna, Infinity Farm.

Nope, it’s Me- I’m Too Sensitive (Part Two.)

“You know what your problem is? You're too sensitive.” Ouch. Have you heard this? It feels like being accused of...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Down, with a Trusting Eye. Anna, Infinity Farm.

My Horse is Too Sensitive (Part One.)

"My horse is really sensitive. He isn't a just a Quarter Horse, you know. He needs special handling." When I...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret

Regret? Never. Not even once. I could take a lesson. Anna, Infinity Farm.

The Marlboro Man Isn’t My Type.

The Marlboro Man isn’t for me.  He's the strong and silent type- it might be a romantic image on film,...

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