First the Mind, then the Feet

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On Tuesday, finally, we managed to get our new horse hauled down to our barn. After a couple false starts coordinating the trailer and her owners and ourselves, we were happy that the haul went smoothly. I was prepared to spend some time persuading the new girl that the trailer wasn't scary, but she following me in with only the tiniest hint of hesitation. A short drive later, we turned her out to meet her new herd in failing light. Happily, our herd is both small and mellow. The introduction was a non-event. We left her for the night, and I came back the next afternoon, armed with a halter, a flag, and a name. Although her previous owners had called our new horse Lola, we have a lot of mares with names really close to that around our barn. We decided to call her Piper instead. I found Piper eating with some of her new friends. She was a bit uncertain when I approached, but i...

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Aiden Update

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My absolute favorite thing about Facebook is how easy it makes it to keep tabs on the horses we've sent on to other homes. This time around, we have the added benefit that the woman who owns the place where Aiden will be living is genuinely a professional photographer. Thus, we got to see some beautiful shots of Aiden arriving at his new home (posted here with permission).
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Time On Nevada

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Today I had a totally new experience. I rode a horse that has been trained solely by my husband. That is to say, today I rode Nevada for the first time.
And I have to say, I thought we got along quite well. Obviously it helps that Nevada knows me, even if I've never climbed on her back before. It also helps that I've participated in her training in a somewhat indirect capacity, watching Brian work with her and talking with him quite a bit about the particulars of her progression, and also doing hands on work with her from Steen's back. Still, Brian hasn't actually put many hours on Nevada yet. Part of that has been wanting to keep things slow and light so she can finish growing. Part of it has just been circumstance. It has seemed ...

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Because Me Too

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It's probably no surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but with Aiden off to his new home on Thursday, we were thinking we'd start keeping our eyes open for another project. Then the woman who facilitated Aiden's sale happened to mention she knew of a horse that needed a new home. Which meant today we went to see some people about a horse. She's a 5 year old mare, not started under saddle but well socialized. She's a sweetheart who just needs someone to get her going. We hung out with her for a little while and left to talk it over. But it really wasn't hard to decide what we wanted to do. We got back in touch with her owners, and let them know we wanted her. All that's left is to arrange transportation.  
So, in spite of being ...

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Aiden Moves On

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As I mentioned before, we got a call about Aiden while we were in Arizona. I chatted with a woman who was shopping for a horse for her student, and it sounded like Aiden might be exactly what she was looking for. But we were in Arizona, and they ended up buying a different horse before we could get back and show them Aiden. We thought the case was closed. But it turned out the horse they bought didn't pass his pre-purchase exam, so they didn't keep him. Which meant they were interested in Aiden again. We had them out to meet him last weekend. The student and Aiden got along beautifully. Watching the test ride, I couldn't believe how good they looked together. It didn't take long for the girl to decide she wanted to take him home. Then it was just a question of getting him through his own pre-purchase exam and scheduling his pick up. Today, I watched Aiden's new owner load ...

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A New Student

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Last week, we had a cold snap. Like, highs-in-the-single-digits style cold. While I'm way hardier than I used to be, I find temps that low hard to be comfortable in.
Nevada says, "There's ice in my forelock? Really?"
Still, I had to go to the barn on Friday because I had a lesson to give. Last weekend, a woman who boards at our barn, M, asked me if I'd be willing to teach her how to do some groundwork with her mare. So I put on approximately every warm garment I own, and tried to pretend the thermometer didn't say 5°F. M's mare is a 15 year old rescue horse. She's an Arabian, and sweet but a tad standoffish about people at times. She lives in the pasture ...

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Looking Ahead

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Brian and I just returned from spending two weeks in Arizona, visiting my family. While it was a lovely vacation, I must admit I was missing Steen like crazy the whole time. Part of it is the setting. My parents live in a beautiful valley at the base of the Catalina Mountains, surrounded by the land and trails I grew up riding with my first horse. One of my fond hopes is to someday be able to take Steen there. Right now this isn't possible for a variety of reasons. Brian and I went for a lot of walks, and I couldn't help thinking about how great it would be to be riding instead of walking. Now we're home, and saying hello to Steen was a kind of relief. Climbing into my saddle and riding off felt like getting back some part of my body that hadn't been functioning. I've had Steen for almost seven years now. I don't know exactly how much time I've spent on his back because I didn't...

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2014 in Review

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It's a bit hard to believe that 2014 has already come and gone. It was a really fabulous year with the horses. Looking back, I'm a tad astonished at how much we did. We worked with far more horses this year than any year previously. We found new homes for Zoey and Bear, got Aiden and Oliver, worked with King for two months, started Nevada, and got Oliver back in shape and re-homed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I rode more this year than ever before:
Total saddle time in 2014
227 hours, 45 minutes
That means I have managed to increase my horse hours every year (since I started keeping track) by a good chunk: Cookie Policy