Relaxed & Forward Blog

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

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...

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