Relaxed & Forward Blog

Climbing Back On-

Riders know this lesson; if you get bucked off you have to climb back on. That’s the rule. Horse or...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Home on the Ranch -safe and close. Anna, Infinity Farm

Taking the Blame.

It's generally considered good manners in the barn to graciously take the blame anytime your horse is less than spectacular,...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

He casts a giant shadow. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm

A Lesson in Change.

The head of the herd at Infinity Farm is the kind of horse you might call Grandfather- with reverence. He...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abundance

Abundance of Eyebrow! Anna Blake,  Infinity Farm

Embrace a Career Change.

I've traveled in all directions in the last few months- looking at potential lesson horses. I want to rescue the...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refuge

Refuge: Love in a Safe Place. Anna, Infinity Farm

What Llamas Teach about Horse Training.

“Horses hate llamas.” Lots of horse people told me that, but by then my gelding was babysitting my first cria...

Weekly Photo Challenge:Curiosity

This week: Curiosity. Who am I? Anna Blake, Infinity Farm.

Horse Cruelty, Ignored.

Anna Sewell authored Black Beauty in 1877. She wrote the book to educate about animal cruelty and promote a more...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Baby Boot Camp at Infinity Farm It's a challenge: post a photo a week and the theme is provided by...

The Peaceable Kingdom in Winter.

Infinity Farm has always boasted an extended family of many species, so the nickname was obvious- The Peaceable Kingdom. I...

Time Travel with Horses.

I love this photo- it's education in a trickle down sort of way. These fillies are learning the fine art...

Helmets and Freedom.

A friend of mine volunteered at a nursing home. One of the patients there was always talking about riding and...

Dressage, Natural Horsemanship and Android Technology

Woody Allen says, “I am at two with nature.” That pretty much describes how I feel about technology. Embracing the...

A Filly Writes Her Farrier

Dear Mr. Farrier, Remember me? My friends call me Clara. You may call me Claro d’Luna. Please pronounce it with...

Tracking Resolutions

New Year's is the traditional day that we reflect on self improvement- meaning that we begin the New Year by...

Holiday Messages…

           "Peace on Earth", -The Wild Texas Wind, aka Windy, Infinity Farm Matriarch.                     "Good Will to All" -Holliday, Infinity Farm...

A Pony for Christmas

Who hasn’t begged for a pony for Christmas? My generation scrutinized the color plates of horse breeds in the H...

Holiday Half-Halt.

  “The threat of Christmas hung in the air…” This is a stressful time of the year. Some of the...

When I Die, Can I Come Back as Your Horse?

I have heard that line a few too many times. I guess it's meant to be funny. I was flattered once when a...

Words from Edgar Rice Burro on Thanks-giving.

“Slow down. No one’s tombstone ever says ‘I wish I would have mucked faster.’” Edgar has lots of opinion when...

Babysitter in the Barn.

I wasn’t born in a barn. It was the small building south of the barn- our house. As the youngest, there were times...

Weathering Colic

There is a front coming in tonight. Clouds are moving low and fast, the wind is howling around corners, as...

Zappa and Einstein: Riding out of the Rut

Here at Infinity Farm we are riding in a rut- literally a rut runs along the rail of the arena....

Making Little Girls Cry…

The gate opened and in came the first horse/rider combination. The horse was a post-prime Arabian, trotting quickly with her...

Indian Summer Whine.

The first thing you notice living on the prairie is that there isn’t a lot to distract you from the...

Thoughts on Retirement, Equine or Human.

Sunset and Spirit
They say that old age is not for the faint of heart and...

Strong Words for 'Weak' Riders.

I was at a dressage show earlier this season and overheard two women talking about a rider they both knew....

WEG: Experience Required, Maturity Rewarded.

The World Equestrian Games are in the United States for the first time, at the Kentucky Horse Park. It isn't...

Autumn, Change…and Marilyn Monroe.

Autumn came this week on the calendar, agreeing with what the great outdoors has been saying for awhile. Evening chores...

Why More Lessons?

“How long do you think you will have to take lessons?”  Twenty years ago and I can still hear that...

Riding as Meditation.

Riding can be a form of meditation in the best sense- a release from day to day drama and worry....

Let the Real Treat be You.

When I was younger, I always carried sugar in my pocket because it felt so great to have my horse...

From a Whisper to a Scream.

“Hit him!” If I am not yelling, I am certainly speaking in a loud, firm voice. How did it come...

On Horse Movies: Velvet Brown Lied!

It's the movie National Velvet-and a 12 yr. old Elizabeth Taylor lied. The Man from Snowy River came a bit...

Dressage Queen in a Parade Saddle

It is a vintage parade saddle, the kind the Lone Ranger rode Silver in.  I am a dressage rider, we...

Fecal Sample Anyone?

First- thanks for reading past the title- you are fearless. But on the other hand, can someone tell me what...

Ask Not…!

Some horse owners have simple expectations of their horses. Standing in the pasture about covers it- and a couple of...

Wealth That Money Can't Buy.

Lots of us struggle to balance horses and money. There is an assumption that owning horses is a rich person's...

The Perfect Purse.

That is what I called my first truck- the perfect purse. It could carry all I needed for work and...

Who's Spookin' Who?

It was time to take my proud and extremely green Arabian gelding out of the arena for the first time....

The Barn Rat Release.

First, lets get our terminology straight. A barn rat is a child who might answer an ad with the headline...

Learning to Ride

“No one can teach riding so well as a horse.” C.S. Lewis While it is true that horses like a...

Women's Work, and Dads.

Lloyd Blake was a farmer and even now it isn’t an easy life to romanticize. I worked outside with him...

The Problem with Perfection

  Lots of us riders are perfectionists. It isn’t a bad thing to want to get things right.  We want...

A Tweet for my Barn.

I want to say this upfront- I do not tweet. I have to draw the line somewhere. I admit I...

Life is Good, Especially Compared to the Alternative!

The horse show last weekend was the challenge we expected, meaning surprises didn’t surprise us.  One rider with a young...

"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog." – Mark Twain

“Add to that- horse, donkey, and llama–okay, even the goats.” –Me This was a week of sharp-edged experiences. The world...

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