Horse Thoughts

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 »

Piper’s Progress

We’ve been in a good riding pattern since we got back from South Dakota. It’s been fun getting to know K’s new horse a little, and the weather has been wonderful. We’ve changed our ride combos and gone back to riding Steen and Nevada together, then switching to Laredo and Piper. This is mostly because… Read more »

Spreading the Fever

On Wednesday, we had a fun job. Our barn owner asked us to be there when K’s new horse arrived so we could oversee her introduction to the herd. We headed out a little early, said hi to all our ponies, then rode Steen and Laredo. Both the guys were great. They were fat and… Read more »

Four Days in South Dakota

It had been a couple of years since Brian and I attended an entire horsemanship clinic. We’ve been watching videos, reading, and continuing to grow in other ways, but the immersive experience of thinking about nothing but horses for several days running it definitely a special kind of boost. When we saw Buck was going… Read more »

Opening Doors

Recently Bruce Sandifer has taken to posting short videos on Facebook. These are awesome because usually he’s just chatting about what’s going through his head as he’s working with a horse. One of my favorite things about him is he’s so willing to express uncertainty, to say he’s just trying something out and he doesn’t… Read more »

Late Spring Update

We’ve had a beautiful spring here in Iowa. Not much rain, quite a bit of sun, and lots of really temperate weather. April was a good month with the horses. Loretta I’ve continued to do work both with Loretta alone and with Loretta and her owner together. We are seeing a lot of really good… Read more »

Processing Loss

Yesterday I received sad new. It wasn’t unexpected, but it was hard to hear, nonetheless. My aunt, who has been sick for some time, passed away. I got the phone call in the late morning. Though I now live in Iowa, I grew up in Arizona. Most of my family is still there. My aunt… Read more »

All Three Gaits

It feels like we’re finally back in a good groove with the horses. Work is coming out of the first quarter crazies as well. That plus some nice weather have made it a lot easier to get out on horseback with more consistency. Last week we got out twice mid week and rode Piper and… Read more »

More Loretta Time

My lessons with my groundwork student have continued steadily. On Sunday and today, I also worked with Loretta on my own. Loretta has a pretty bad case of heaves, so in the winter she lives alone in a dry lot. She’s often skittish about being approached by people. Sunday was windy, and she got snorty… Read more »

98 Hours to Go

I love weekends. Our days go like this: We wake up naturally, and make coffee. I spend a few hours writing. We make breakfast, eat, and head to the barn. We ride two horses each, head home, have tea, and wile the afternoon away reading or doing a workout or whatever else we feel like.… Read more »