Relaxed & Forward Blog

Acknowledgement Matters.

Acknowledgement: Synonyms are credit, gratitude, thanks, appreciation, and respect.   I know acknowledgement is what  animals yearn for most  of   all. (Humans included.) Sometimes a scratch on the nose...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast

Mare Breakfast: "That old gelding- he is just like Sean Connery. The older he gets, the sexier he looks." Anna Blake,...

Part Three: Thanksgiving Every Day.

Christmas is bearing down, getting closer every day, and I continue to defiantly focus on Thanksgiving, a week away. I...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

Wonder what kind of horse that is... Anna, Infinity Farm.

Part Two: Thanksgiving Every Day.

Last week I had a bit of a Christmas rant (read) and declared I would celebrate Thanksgiving until New Years....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Can Hank come out? Anybody??? Anna, Infinity Farm.

Part One: Thanksgiving Every Day.

I saw the first holiday decorations come out a few days before Halloween. I did not burst into a rousing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

Hidden can be a state of mind. I have hidden here myself. For almost a quarter of a century. Anna,...

My Barn is Haunted.

It starts innocently. Maybe when you were little, your dad watched John Wayne movies like mine did. We fell in...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

Last week's Possibility grows into Opportunity. Anna, Infinity Farm.

Canadian Goose Quadrille.

My corner of Colorado is having a particularly colorful Autumn. The sun rise is later and later, but the dawn...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility

Possibility, napping on her nose. Anna, Infinity Farm.

Let’s Dance.

Ernest & Grace trip the light fantastic.
The connection between horses and music is not abstract....

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

Comfort is a soft place to rest.    Again.     And again... Anna, Infinity Farm

Love Poem

I fell in love with horses all over again this week. Yes, it was a pretty short fall and yes,...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

  WordPress prompted for a sunset photo, but I have been posting so many sunsets lately. Still, a view of Pikes...

And on My Farm I Had Some Ducks…

There was a small gaggle of ducks to begin with. The girls laid tasty eggs, usually dropped at a run...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

A sure sign of Fall. Five o'clock pony shadow. Anna, Infinity Farm.

Riding as an Art. Literally.

I am hooked on the writings of classical trainers. It isn't that I am an elitist; they use an inspiring word that...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

Half-Horse/Half-Human Anna, Infinity Farm.

Under Saddle: Control and Freedom.

The equestrian world can seem kind of bi-polar. Some of us ride like headless (brainless) horsemen with little consciousness for...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Textured

A complete, whole life- with a richly textured balance of intellect and heart. Anna, Infinity Farm.

A Harvest Moon Ignites the Fall Flu.

The calendar changed and so did the weather. These first September days have been undeniably Fall- shorter, crisper and with...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

'PATH'Really, who knew the WordPress folks were Equinophiles?Anna, Infinity Farm

Boss Mare: Women and Honesty.

Lately, I am discovering I like mares more and more. They are so NOT like most of us humans.  They...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

This biggest UP this week at Infinity Farm is SaraJane. She is a lovely 3 yr. old Quarter horse, here...

Ode to the Fly.

I admit it. I find mucking to be a near inspirational time; I simply do my best thinking while holding...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

aye-yie-yie-yie! Lisa Crispin and Chester Anna, Infinity Farm.

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,...

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