Horse Thoughts

King Goes Home

It’s hard to believe the way the summer has flown by. Our two months with King ran out on Saturday, and his people came and picked him up. Working with King was a very interesting experience. In recent years, we’ve been working almost entirely with stock horses. In the past I spent quite a bit… Read more »

Sad Friday

Settling back into our routine after vacation is always a little bit of a challenge. This week I didn’t make it to the barn. But this afternoon we rallied (barely), and headed out for an easy ride. The horses were way out behind the distant hilltop. As Brian and I walked out, we noticed a… Read more »

After a Week Away

We spent last week in Arizona visiting family. It was a nice time. We got to hang out with my parents and my sister and the new Great Dane puppy. There was much sleeping in, drinking of tea and coffee, and lounging around. We also got to spend my mother’s birthday with her for the… Read more »

Nevada Time

Brian, of course, has been doing almost all the direct work with Nevada. But I’ve been around for most of it, sometimes supporting them from the back of another horse. This has been pretty fun for me, because it’s not something I’ve had the opportunity to do before. Since she arrived, I’ve done basic yielding… Read more »

The Polar Vortex in Summer

This winter, the crazy low temps we experienced here in Iowa were ostensibly caused by the polar vortex. And last week, it was here again. But instead of plunging temps from the single digits to the negative double digits, this time it gave us a beautiful week of days that were dry, sunny and in… Read more »

Getting Started

Nevada has been at our place for about ten days now.  We were out of town for some of that, so I’ve only had a chance to work with her on four occasions.  She is proving to be a very sweet and willing little mare.  And like the few other young horses I have worked… Read more »

And Then There Were Six

When we originally started talking about Brian getting a young horse, we thought we’d do it in the fall — after we’d found either Aiden or Oliver (or both) new homes. But then we found a horse we really wanted. So we bought her and thought we’d just leave her with the breeder until the… Read more »