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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

Wonder what kind of horse that is... Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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....
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Can Hank come out? Anybody??? Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

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

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

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

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

Possibility, napping on her nose. Anna, Infinity Farm.
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Let’s Dance.

Ernest & Grace trip the light fantastic.
The connection between horses and music is not abstract....
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

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

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

  Wordpress prompted for a sunset photo, but I have been posting so many sunsets lately. Still, a view of Pikes...
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

A sure sign of Fall. Five o'clock pony shadow. Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

Half-Horse/Half-Human Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Textured

A complete, whole life- with a richly textured balance of intellect and heart. Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

'PATH'Really, who knew the Wordpress folks were Equinophiles?Anna, Infinity Farm
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

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

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

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

Dressage is an equine discipline of beauty, partnership and art. YouTube is full of spectacular videos of elite horses and...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

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

We humans are always labeling ourselves. Labels reflect politics and attitudes, or can define a purpose. The horse world is...
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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.)...
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Ask me about my week... Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

This week's assignment: Colorful. Infinity Pond. Anna, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot

This HOT photo challenge came a few days late; my last blog post was a photographic whine about the heat....
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Summertime…and the Living is Easy.

Dog Days of Summer at Infinity Farm. New Olympic Sport: Synchronized Napping ...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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Get Serious about Laughing.

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

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

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