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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 »

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 »

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 »

A New Student

Last week, we had a cold snap. Like, highs-in-the-single-digits style cold. While I’m way hardier than I used to be, I find temps that low hard to be comfortable in. Nevada says, “There’s ice in my forelock? Really?” Still, I had to go to the barn on Friday because I had a lesson to give.… Read more »

Looking Ahead

Brian and I just returned from spending two weeks in Arizona, visiting my family. While it was a lovely vacation, I must admit I was missing Steen like crazy the whole time. Part of it is the setting. My parents live in a beautiful valley at the base of the Catalina Mountains, surrounded by the… Read more »

Nevada in Action

As I mentioned a few posts ago, Steen and I have been acting as a sort of mobile round pen for Brian and Nevada sometimes. When I’m setting a boundary and a cadence, Brian can worry less about those things and think more about keeping her in a proper bend and getting her more comfortable… Read more »

Warm October

We’ve had an uncharacteristically balmy fall. While the horses did come off the pasture a couple weeks ago, we have yet to have a hard freeze. This is pretty unusual for this late in the season. I won’t complain about the mild temps. Unfortunately, work always really picks up for me this time of year,… Read more »

Sunset Gallops

Lately I’ve been having this strange experience of feeling like I only have one horse. This isn’t true, of course. But we’ve worked out a deal with Brian’s student, K, and she’s riding Aiden three times a week, twice on her own, once in a lesson with Brian. This is great for her as she’s… Read more »