Lost and Found

lost earings

Jewelry and horses don’t really mix. I’ve had a couple of near misses. Once, a managed to break the chain of a necklace when I was jumping a fence and the end of my crop got tangled in the chain. It sent my favorite amethyst pendant flying into the grass. After my lesson I walked […]

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Does your horse have a “tell”?

Yesterday was warm-ish for winter, but had a wind with a biting edge. Zelda and I went out for a hack and when that wind got under her tail, I could feel the buck rising in her. Luckily, Zelda has a “tell”. She’d be a terrible poker player because when she’s going to be naughty […]

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This Gift is Priceless

Christmas really is about giving. I was so happy to give my 11 yr old god daughter Ruby an early birthday gift of a lesson on the one and only Valegro. – Carl Hester Imagine being 11 years old and getting the chance to lesson on a horse like Valegro? Certainly not even within the […]

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The challenges of riding indoors

Although I’d like to spend some time riding indoors this winter, I do remember the challenges. Unless you ride at “off” times, riding in your barn’s indoor is a bit like navigating Route 128 at rush hour. Busy and slow. What’s worse? The dressage queen who is sure she has the right of way? Or […]

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Equestrian Stretches

Since my accident I’ve been doing a lot of Physical Therapy. A lot. When I first started going, it took me almost two hours to go through the full spectrum of exercises, given how many things I was rehabbing. I still go to PT and now it takes a mere 90 minutes :). I suspect […]

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How your Riding Influences your Horse

Horses move pretty well on their own. Add a rider and they have to carry us AND balance themselves. Add a rider who is crooked? And you start to see it reflected in your horse. Some horses are more forgiving than others. My Trakehner, Kroni, was a horse who insisted that you ride him correctly. […]

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Why I won’t go to Equine Affaire

Equine Affaire

Equine Affaire opened today in Massachusetts. For those of you not familiar with the annual event, EA is an exhibition, trade show, breed show extraordinaire. There are clinics and demonstrations. There are presentations and there is tons and tons of shopping. Springfield, where the event is held, is a shade under two hours away from […]

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