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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...
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Fecal Sample Anyone?

First- thanks for reading past the title- you are fearless. But on the other hand, can someone tell me what...
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Ask Not…!

Some horse owners have simple expectations of their horses. Standing in the pasture about covers it- and a couple of...
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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...
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The Perfect Purse.

That is what I called my first truck- the perfect purse. It could carry all I needed for work and...
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Who's Spookin' Who?

It was time to take my proud and extremely green Arabian gelding out of the arena for the first time....
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The Barn Rat Release.

First, lets get our terminology straight. A barn rat is a child who might answer an ad with the headline...
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Learning to Ride

“No one can teach riding so well as a horse.” C.S. Lewis While it is true that horses like a...
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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...
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The Problem with Perfection

  Lots of us riders are perfectionists. It isn’t a bad thing to want to get things right.  We want...
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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...
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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...
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"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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A Classical Passion

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

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

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

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