Horse Thoughts

Finding new tricks

When we first moved the horses last year, I was very pleased to find that Steen was bombproof at the new place. He was happy to truck around the unfamiliar spaces and up for anything I threw at him. This was after I’d scarcely even seen him for six weeks due to COVID. He had… Read more »

A New Project

In 2020, just about every major aspect of our lives changed in some dramatic way. And that made the year feel weirdly static. Forward wasn’t really on the table. We were just trying to get back to a place of stability. Moving our small herd to a piece of land that had never previous housed… Read more »

What Doesn’t Kill You

2020. What else is there to say? It’s been a year of change for everyone. In our case, we adjusted decently well to the new restrictions put in place by the pandemic and threw ourselves head first into the work of building a new space for the horses on our friends’ land. As of early… Read more »

A Big Change

2020 has been full of surprises for a lot of people. And we are no exception. Living through a pandemic is an intense experience. Like nearly everyone not on the front lines, I find myself bouncing between horror and gratitude, fear and boredom, frustration and uncertainty. I have felt impotence over my inability to influence… Read more »

Nine Rides in a Row

It’s funny how sometimes a change that feels tough can work out for the best. It turns out selling Laredo was one of the better horse-related decisions we’ve made in a good long while. Though letting him go felt so sad and so hard at the time, the results, so far, have been positive. First,… Read more »

The Kid Lands in Paradise

When we bought Laredo in 2012, the plan was to keep him for a couple of  years, get him going nicely, and find him a good home when we he was ready. He was our first foray into “project horse” territory. In retrospect we had more to learn about working with young horses than we… Read more »