Horse Thoughts

In the Snaffle

Although in general I’m finding myself feeling an increasing preference for the hackamore, I decided to start Piper in the snaffle. My main reason for this is I don’t know how long we’ll keep her. From a versatility perspective, the snaffle is more practical. Also, since we’re not thinking of her as a horse we… Read more »

Started

In spite of having a pretty lame February in terms of getting out to the barn, I did, at least, accomplish one good thing recently. Namely, on Sunday, I got on Piper’s back for the first time. Things with Piper have been going incredibly smoothly. She is a super fast learner. I don’t know if… Read more »

The Full Arena

This morning Brian and I went to look at a house. It was a small acreage about 20 minutes outside of town. It had an indoor arena and the land was already nicely set up for horses. On paper, it looked kind of amazingly perfect for us. In person, sadly, the house was … not… Read more »

Arab Time

Whatever evil cold Brian and I caught has proven to be very hard to kick. Last weekend neither one of us made it out to the horses at all. That’s practically unheard of. But finally this week we are both feeling mostly better. We managed a solid ride on Steen and Laredo on Tuesday. Today… Read more »

Already Teaching

My groundwork student, M, texted me midweek to let me know her horse was in the equine hospital. I asked her what she wanted to do about her lesson, saying she was welcome to use one of our horses instead of hers if she didn’t want to miss. She said what she would like most… Read more »

A Few Days In

January was so mild, it was easy to start thinking of winter as nearly over. Then February hit with a vengeance. Last weekend we got a huge snow storm, and also I finally caught the cold Brian has been battling for a week. Friday and Saturday I made it to the barn. On Friday I… Read more »

Aiden Update

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… Read more »