ground-work

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 »

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 »

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 »

First Rides

Today we headed out after work to see what our new guys were up to. They were easy to catch, and we took them indoors to do some groundwork. Both Aiden and Oliver need some serious work on ground manners. They aren’t reactive or spooky or violent, but they are pushy, and seem to completely… Read more »