Relaxed & Forward Blog

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...

Hard Hats and Hard Heads.

The helmet debate continues for riders, especially of my generation. It flares up when well-known competitors or local friends get...

A Different Kind of Trail Ride

 “I only trail ride.” Every time I hear someone say this, I am impressed.  To be prepared for every eventuality...

It's Not About the Hat.

Willard Crockett was the first man I fell in love with.  I think I was 5, and he was certainly...

Advice for Moody Riders.

This week a self-described moody rider requested a blog- about moody riders. To tell the truth it has been an...

A Classical Passion

 Look, our new barn logo! Erica Whitcombe designed it, and it reflects our philosophy perfectly. Infinity Farm may sound like...

Fillies Gone Wild.

Utube video banned! Just kidding, but these girls rock!Clara and Brisa are Iberian Sport Horse fillies. Note to self: If...

Donkeys in Church

The Easter season is always a busy time for the donkey boys. Churches hire them for various children’s events. Apparently...

I’ll Be Your Ginger…

Spring is the time for two of my favorite things. First, my horse’s birthdays. It is the day that the...

On Being Adversarial

  Being adversarial has been a common topic in lessons this last week.  None of my clients are mean, none...

Hello, Spring

Spring, a good time to start all sorts of things, and after a period of hibernation, it feels so good. ...

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