Holding onto those Lazy Summer Days

surrounded by Queen Anne's lace

Back in the dark ages when I was still a kid, summer seemed to last forever. There were endless hot and steamy days, picking flowers, chasing butterflies, riding horses and eating raspberries. Time stretched and slowed. Now, time slips through my fingers like water. It’s already August and, after waiting all winter for summer, it’s […]

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Wild Flowers

wild flowers

Riding around the pond today the wild flowers glowed in the sun and the scent of the cherry-laden trees almost didn’t seem real. This is the Disney version of trail riding where the landscape is vibrant, the air is crisp and the deer pose by the woods, still as statues. If only it would last! […]

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Flying Solo

First solo ride

It was too beautiful an afternoon to ride in the ring. Everything was quiet. There was only one car of walkers parked near the trail (which I hoped meant no loose dogs), and the trails beckoned. Up until now I’ve been playing it very safe. If I ride alone, I’ve stayed on property. But I’ve […]

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Freedom Finally Gets a Turn

Freedom's trail ride

Zelda has been my “go to” rehab horse. Although she’s big (it’s a long way to the ground when I dismount), she’s steady and, let’s face it: her default speed is slow. “Do we have to trot?” she’ll ask me when we work in the ring. “Again?” Left to her own devices, ambling along for […]

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A Very Happy Day

Back on Zelda

Today was my first day back riding Zelda. It’s been almost four months since our fall. We went on a nice hack to celebrate Mother’s Day, and Zelda was very well behaved. The ride was the perfect end of a day that started with a tasty brunch and moved on to a walk in a […]

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It’s Melting

Zelda and I went out for one more snow day before the rains come and wash the rest of it away. We’ve enjoyed our days of warmth, although none as much as Freedom. He’s had a blissed out look on his face all week. Can you tell that he really hated the cold weather? Tomorrow […]

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Finally Warm Enough to Ride

Today the high was nearly 40. That’s a nice contrast to the -10 that I woke up to on Sunday morning. Between the frigid weather, the blizzard and a nasty cold I was starting to forget that snow and horses can also be fun. Since rain is predicted for Friday, getting a few rides in […]

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