Freedom feels fabulous again!


Lincoln ride

Freedom and covered a bit less than 9 miles. I was so pleased to have him feeling so good again.

Tuesday didn’t have a promising start. I overslept, which meant that my carefully scheduled morning, which involved hitching my trailer and pulling it when I drove my daughter to school, was derailed. By the time I’d dropped her off, hitched it, driven to the barn, fed the horses and loaded my horse, I knew that hunting was out of the question.

So there I was, all dressed up and nowhere to go. I’d decided to take Freedom to the hunt because I wanted to see how he felt. We’d done a 7-mile ride a few days earlier and he felt pretty good at the walk and trot. I’d asked him for a few short canters and I was optimistic.

I decided to take him “home” to Lincoln where we could hack the old trails and ride in the fields. He’s still barefoot and the footing there was soft.

Jumps in the ring

The town ring just got new footing. It was a great place to see how he felt. Plus it had these very inviting jumps set up.

I parked over by the ring and figured I’d start there. I needed to see if he was sound at the canter on good footing — and I also thought it might be safer to be contained. He felt great! What a huge relief it was to have him cantering calmly and soundly on both leads. I’d worried that the abscess had just been part of the problem; that he might have an underlying issue that would be harder to diagnose.

There was a very inviting course of jumps set up in the ring, so once I’d warmed him up. I thought I’d jump a few and see how he felt. What a good boy he is! We haven’t jumped anything in months and he just cantered around the course like a show hunter.

Fall colors

The leaves are starting to turn. It seems like overnight it’s gone from summer to fall.

Next we went out for a hack. I’ve been driving through town missing my old trails and I was determined to ride on as many as possible. The cloudy day started to clear and Freedom was eager to move out. He’s never been a fan of ring work — he will get fussy after awhile — but he loves exploring. He’s a great trail partner. He’s bold, he’s curious and has a ground covering stride. I’d forgotten how lightly he stays in your hand and how he can roll along effortlessly at a canter. It was nice to have my horse back feeling so good.

The trails were just as beautiful as I remembered with the new fall colors just starting to shine through. Even the poison ivy looks pretty when it’s bright red and orange.

The best part about the ride was the fields. While I love riding on wooded trails, Lincoln has the most amazing open fields with right of ways around the edges. When you look at fields likes these you just want to gallop. And we did!


Lincoln Fields

I’ve been missing the fields of Lincoln. What a great place to ride. it just begs for a gallop.

Open fields

There are very few places near Boston where there is open land like this. And landowners who welcome riders.

Fall light

It’s getting dark earlier now. The time for evening rides is coming to an end for the year. By 7 p.m. I am riding back in the dark. But one of the gifts of fall is the intensity of the light in those moments before dusk. It’s beautiful!

Fall light

This lovely barn is across the street from where my horses live

Now George Morris can whip your Breyers into shape

GeorgeMorrisDoll5WEBIf your Breyer horses and riders need some schooling, who better to take over than George Morris? Or rather, the Tiny Talking George Morris action figure, scaled to size for Breyer horses. Yes, for all of you who didn’t get enough of George barking his trademark phrases at you in a clinic (or if you just feel nostalgic) for a mere $100 (much less than a clinic) you can purchase one of these limited edition dolls.

No, this isn’t a joke. This is for real.

The action figure was rolled out this week at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. All proceeds go to the Chronicle Support Network’s Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. The Chronicle Support Network was launched by the Chronicle and the Bellissimos, Mark and his wife Katherine, to help connect equine-based charities all over the country.

Perhaps the most fun was the post at the Chronicle of the Horse Forum that collected typical Morris phrases.

The promo for the doll includes him saying, “you ride like a soup sandwich.” But several COTH members posted their favorites including:

  • Glad you brought your brain into the arena this morning.
  • You are dumber than a traffic cone.
  • You either go to the hospital or you get back on…. Hospital or on!
  • Are you yawning? You don’t ride well enough to yawn.”
  • Maybe lightning will strike and you will suddenly be able to ride.”
  • Break your ankle, or I’ll break it for you.
  • It’s called Submissive. You husbands, know what that is.
  • Distances are like men, never take the first one you see, there will always be another one.

Order yours now at: Since everyone deserves a little George. Quantities are limited.

As a disclaimer: I have never ridden with George Morris. I have audited some of his clinics and decided I wasn’t brave enough. Who among my readers has ridden with him?

Welcome at any hunt tea!

Tipsy Goose

The Tipsy Goose outfits horse trailers as traveling bars.

What a brilliant re-purposing of an old horse trailer. The Tipsy Goose kits out trailers into the perfect mobile equestrian bar!

The customized trailer has been converted into a fully-fitted bar, wine racks and fridges with two service areas— one from the front ramp of the trailer and one

Full bar

The trailer features a full bar.

from the back. The owners travel to point-to-point races, shows and also serves at weddings. Can’t you see it at your next hunt event?