Horse Thoughts

Hello to King

A few weeks ago, we went to visit Bear at the therapeutic riding center. We found him hanging out in a pasture with a horse named King, who we were told was often kept with only one or two companions because he had a tendency to run the show in a herd environment. Being the… Read more »

The First 100

2014 is the 4th year I’ve kept track of how much time I spend riding. In retrospect, I rather wish I’d kept records when I was younger. I’ve been riding for about 22 years. It was just weekly lessons until I got my first horse in 1994. After that, I definitely rode a lot. What… Read more »

Writing the Letter ‘A’

I had a pretty interesting lesson with my student last week. J is making great progress lately. She’s clicking well with Laredo, and also she’s now been riding with me long enough that at least a percentage of what we do has become habitual. This means we’re able to leave some of the basics and… Read more »

Sick Week

It figures that just as the weather turns awesome I would catch a cold. I spent the week pretty much not functional. On Friday, I finally dragged myself out to the barn and rode Steen during Brian’s lesson. Which mostly means I sat there watching while Brian taught. Brian’s student, K, rode Oliver. We thought… Read more »

More Youngsters

We spent Saturday with more young ones – this time of the human variety. Brian’s sister came to visit, bringing along her husband and their two children. Their son is three and a half, and their daughter is just one. We, of course, had to take them out to meet the horses. We had beautiful… Read more »

Another Girl

Today, we bought a horse. Yes. Another one. It was kind of an accident. The plan was to just go visit the breeder we got Laredo from, and see what he had in terms of unstarted two-years-olds. The plan was we’d look them over and hang out with them a little, and then maybe go… Read more »

The Summer Groove

Summer seems to be finally here in earnest. I got out to the barn multiple times during the week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.) Which was good because it means Aiden didn’t get the whole week off.  No, of course I am not looking at my phone while sitting on a horse I’ve owned less than… Read more »

A Good Gallop

We spent the weekend out of town. We went with Brian’s fabulous parents to the Kentucky Derby. In spite of the rather mixed feelings I have about the horse racing industry, it was definitely a fun weekend. Today, I headed out to the barn alone in the afternoon. I found a very filthy Steen.  His… Read more »

My Summer String

We’ve been in a pretty good rhythm with the horses. Work’s been busy for me, so I haven’t been getting out a lot during the week, but we’ve been getting really great weekend rides. I’ve been focusing on Steen and Aiden. Aiden seems sound now, so I’ve been working on just getting into a good… Read more »