Steen

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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. ┬áHis… 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 »

Steen in the Two-Rein

It’s been a little while since I rode Steen in the two-rein, and I feel like I’ve addressed a lot of the weaknesses riding in it last brought to light for me. On Tuesdays, I have my lessons with my student, J. She’s been riding with me for close to a year now, but we’ve… Read more »