The perfect field


This was like the Disney version of a trail ride.

Sometimes when you are out riding you find one of those perfect places. Where the light is perfect and you just feel lucky to have found it.


The cool weather had Zelda feeling frisky and there were definitely gremlins hiding in the grass.

I’d been to this field before — it’s in one of our hunt territories. But today I came across it from a different direction and it unfolded in front of me like a painting. The grasses shimmered in the breeze.

Zelda was full of beans and wanted to buck and gallop in the field. She’ll get that chance; we will be hunting there next week. And I think it will be my new favorite galloping place. It’s about a 20 minute hack from where my horses live.

My ride ended with the most beautiful golden light.

My ride ended with the most beautiful golden light.

Hmm, I wonder what kind of music Zelda would play?

Sapphire the horse has shown a remarkable talent on the electric keyboard, enjoying both the sounds and the feeling of the keys. He’s got quite a riff going! But he’s not the only horse that likes music.

Researchers at Hartpury College in England tested the effects of different types of music on eight stabled horses. They played classical (Beethoven), country (Hank Williams Jr.), rock (Green Day), and jazz (New Stories) – for 30 minutes each.

The horses showed a marked preference for classical, country music and silence;  jazz and rock music caused horses to display behaviors associated with stress — head tossing, stamping, snorting and vocalizing.

In addition, horses ate more calmly when listening to classical or country music, while when listening to jazz or rock they snatched at food in short bursts.

So next time you have the radio on at the barn, make sure you’ve got it tuned to soothing music. Or, set up a keyboard and see what happens. Sapphire’s playing is surprisingly musical — it makes me wonder what Zelda would produce!

# Exploring


It was a beautiful fall day — Freedom and I did some exploring on new trails. I really enjoy going out without a looming deadline because sometimes a trail dead ends or I end up having to backtrack because there’s no crossover. We see very few people out in the woods. It’s just the two of us.

Another day where I didn’t make it to the hunt, but too nice to not ride. Freedom and I did some exploring today, hacking out on some new trails and covering almost 8 miles.

It was a picture perfect fall day with temperatures in the low 70s, no humidity and no bugs. Today we were mostly in the woods but the sunlight peeking through the trees was lovely.

canopy of trees

The canopy of leaves glowed today. There’s still more green than red in the trees but fall is definitely here.


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