Relaxed & Forward Blog

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

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

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

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

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

ONE Let the counting begin... Anna Blake, Infinity Farm.
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Between the Lines The weekly photo challenge this week: Lines. When I started this challenge through Wordpress, I gave myself...
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Dear Drama Queen-

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

Light. Release from the Dark. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm
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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....
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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...
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Itching and Shedding.

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

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

Riders know this lesson; if you get bucked off you have to climb back on. That’s the rule. Horse or...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Home on the Ranch -safe and close. Anna, Infinity Farm
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Taking the Blame.

It's generally considered good manners in the barn to graciously take the blame anytime your horse is less than spectacular,...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

He casts a giant shadow. Anna Blake, Infinity Farm
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A Lesson in Change.

The head of the herd at Infinity Farm is the kind of horse you might call Grandfather- with reverence. He...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abundance

Abundance of Eyebrow! Anna Blake,  Infinity Farm
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refuge

Refuge: Love in a Safe Place. Anna, Infinity Farm
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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...
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Weekly Photo Challenge:Curiosity

This week: Curiosity. Who am I? Anna Blake, Infinity Farm.
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Horse Cruelty, Ignored.

Anna Sewell authored Black Beauty in 1877. She wrote the book to educate about animal cruelty and promote a more...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Helmets and Freedom.

A friend of mine volunteered at a nursing home. One of the patients there was always talking about riding and...
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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...
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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...
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Tracking Resolutions

New Year's is the traditional day that we reflect on self improvement- meaning that we begin the New Year by...
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Holiday Messages…

           "Peace on Earth", -The Wild Texas Wind, aka Windy, Infinity Farm Matriarch.                     "Good Will to All" -Holliday, Infinity Farm...
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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...
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Holiday Half-Halt.

  “The threat of Christmas hung in the air…” This is a stressful time of the year. Some of the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Weathering Colic

There is a front coming in tonight. Clouds are moving low and fast, the wind is howling around corners, as...
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