Relaxed & Forward Blog

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...

Dog Agility and Horse Agility

I can’t remember who came first in my life- dogs or horses. I do know a few of each are...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

You have to squint to see the purple. In a few weeks, they will be indigo purple with peach-colored breasts....

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...

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