Relaxed & Forward Blog

Everyday Dressage.

Dressage is an equine discipline of beauty, partnership and art. YouTube is full of spectacular videos of elite horses and...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

This week the photo challenge is Entrance. entrance: (verb) enamour, becharm, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch,  enchant, Iberian Sporthorse filly....

In Praise of Amateurs.

We humans are always labeling ourselves. Labels reflect politics and attitudes, or can define a purpose. The horse world is...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

This week's challenge: Mountains. This is my favorite view of Pikes Peak. (The farthest grey horse is looking at it.)...

You Might as Well Enjoy the Ride.

We had an Introduction to Driving clinic at Infinity Farm last weekend. It was a fun group ready for a...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Ask me about my week... Anna, Infinity Farm.

What a Parrot Taught Me About Horses.

There were a few dark years (between leaving home and having enough income to support a horse) that I was...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

This week's assignment: Colorful. Infinity Pond. Anna, Infinity Farm.

Hamsters Will Never Replace Horses.

Has it been one of those weeks? Everything that could go wrong–did? We all know how it feels when gravity...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot

This HOT photo challenge came a few days late; my last blog post was a photographic whine about the heat....

Summertime…and the Living is Easy.

Dog Days of Summer at Infinity Farm. New Olympic Sport: Synchronized Napping ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned

This week's assignment: Old Fashioned The team- Lisa Crispin, Ernest and Chester, with the buckboard: So old fashioned that it...

Not-For-Profit Groups: Against the Odds.

Is it just me -or is a big part of the work-a-day horse world seized up in a flop sweat...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sky

This week's assignment: Sky. It is a wonderful color, but it's the smoke from fires that created this surreal sunset....

Get Serious about Laughing.

There is so much debate currently about methods of training: German vs. French, classical vs. competitive, natural horsemanship vs. anything...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing

This week the photo challenge is REFRESHING! Nearing the dog days of summer here at Infinity Farm, with Tomboy -aka...

Same Old Dressage, Brand New Eyes.

I have been preparing for a clinic this weekend at Infinity Farm. It's the my favorite clinic every year: Fundamentals...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Worn

This week's photo challenge is WORN. You may have to read to see if this photo ever gets to the...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!

Namaste is a Sanskrit word -which means it's very old.  Most translate it to some version of "The spirit in...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

This week the photo challenge is Morning. Morning is nap-time at Infinity Farm- And the very best time to share...

Dressage: A Relaxed and Forward Ride.

The foundation of Dressage for the rider/horse is rhythm. I define that as a balanced combination of relaxation and forward....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers

This week the assigned theme is Numbers. Four dogs, one sofa. Bad math. (Howdy, Tomboy, Hero, and Finnegan) and Anna,...

Equine Gastric Ulcers… and Sage.

I'll call her Sage. Sage was a thoroughbred mare with classic elegance. A solid bay with a long neck and...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Water Infinity Pond with fillies. Here on the flat, windy, treeless prairie of Colorado, waterfront property is...

Who Am I This Time?

Who Am I This Time is the name of a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and made into a...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny "Tiny? Are you kidding? If you adjust my size to human size, this is the equivalent...

A Different Kind of Runaway.

It has been a scary week in our horse world. Everyone is aware by now that there is an outbreak...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Red

Weekly Photo Challenge: Red Red Mom, Red Baby. It was three years ago exactly, under the very same full moon... The...

A Lesson Horse is Born….

… and Grace gives herself a promotion. Dressage borrows lots of language from ballet -after all, we are the dancers...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

SWANS... for your cultural edification. (WordPress challenge: Wildlife.) WordPress challenges dovetail perfectly with Infinity Farm, It's like they make them...

Therapy Animals -Every One.

I was being half-mauled by a terrier. I was running an errand in an urban office and the dog’s owner...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Round

This week the photo challenge is ROUND. We put round white caps on fence posts to make them safer for...

Donkey Church

“Do you ever wake up and wonder how your life got you to this day? Oh well, no time to...

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

ONE Let the counting begin... Anna Blake, Infinity Farm.

The 'Other' Mother’s Day.

The nightly news let me know gas prices are up. Wars and natural disasters to blame. I don’t pretend to...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Between the Lines The weekly photo challenge this week: Lines. When I started this challenge through WordPress, I gave myself...

Dear Drama Queen-

Dear Drama Queen, I understand getting upset. You have so much passion and desire for riding. I know how much...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

This week's photo subject: OLD. This horse blanket is old -24 years and 5 horses old. My youngest horse is...

Beauty -Redefined from the Saddle.

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Light

Light. Release from the Dark. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm

Top 10 List: Riding in the Wind

Top 10 Wind List: The advantages of not having an indoor arena on the flat, windy, treeless plains of Colorado....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

The photo challenge this week is Ocean. This is as close as we have on the Colorado prairie-my pond this...

Itching and Shedding.

Finally and at last, the ice on the pond has thawed and birds have returned. It’s our spring break. My...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

This week's photo prompt: Spring. Here's my very favorite sure sign of spring. Yes! Anna Blake, Infinity Farm

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

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