Horse Thoughts

The Long Spring

Yesterday we rode outside for the first time since last fall. Usually we manage to get out earlier than this, but conditions were muddy the entire winter (excepting short stretches when it was bitterly cold), which means footing was really bad in all the places we usually ride. Friday afternoon, however, I found myself sitting… Read more »

A Different Ratio

A few days ago, Brian and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. I got Steen roughly one year before we married, which means I’ve had Steen almost eight years. In that time, while we’ve had plenty of other horses as well and I’ve spent lots of time riding them, I’ve always spent more time on… Read more »

Me and Nevada

Nevada is Brian’s horse. He got her about a year and a half ago to train up as an eventual replacement for Bear. He got her started and going nicely. Then a combination of life and circumstances and a handful of rough rides got him a bit derailed. We figured out the saddle Brian was… Read more »

The Phantom Itch

I was hoping to start 2016 with a clean slate, leave all the hiccups of last year in the dust, and get back into a better pattern with the horses. Unfortunately, that’s not quite how things have gone. Right before we left for our holiday travels, Steen came up itchy. And I mean really, really,… Read more »

The State of Piper

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Piper came into our lives. Having her this long wasn’t totally the plan. My plan was to get her started in the spring, ride her a ton in the summer, and most likely sell her in the fall. If I kept her this long, I imagined… Read more »

2015 in Review

I’m more than a little late on my year end post, which is pretty much indicative of 2015 as a whole. For me, it was the year that somehow happened without happening. I realize that makes no sense. It’s not that nothing went down in 2015. It’s that so many of the things that did… Read more »

The Indecisive Winter

We’re well into December and it’s currently 53° outside. It’s been above 50° since I stepped outside in the dark this morning with Esti. We have had some nights that get below freezing, but that hasn’t been happening consistently. It’s also been rainy. Which means we’ve basically had a perfect recipe for mud. Oh, mud.… Read more »

Summer, Take II

It’s the end of August, and somehow my brain thinks summer is just starting. I suspect said brain is going to be disappointed in the near future when I have to start wearing layer upon layer of clothing to comfortably go outside, and riding is once again done in a large, frigid building. On the… Read more »

Hiatus

I can’t believe it’s already late August. It’s been such a strange year. Life has been a bit bumpier than usual, personally and professionally and mundanely. We’ve had loss in the family, I’ve had persistent hardware, software, and ISP issues, and we’ve had our fair share of random problems like sewage backing up in the… Read more »

A New Chapter

I’ve spent a lot of time with puppies. My family has always had dogs. Those dogs had several litters when I was a kid. In college a good friend of mine got a puppy and we shared custody for the first six months of her life. My sister had a Great Dane before she was… Read more »