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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After the Rain

After the Rain

The weather here has been dramatic. Today there were tornado watches, flood warnings and torrential rains. There have also been beautiful rainbows and episodes of brilliant sunshine. After tonight’s rainbow, Freedom and I had a lovely ride in the late afternoon light with fluffy purple clouds behind us. Thankfully the deer flies took the evening […]

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Rainbow over the fields

Tonight when I went to feed the horses a beautiful double rainbow hovered over the barn. I looked for the pot of gold — always a useful thing to have with horses around — but the only thing framed by the light was them. One of the things I love about taking care of the […]

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Horse Trainer

Horse Trainer

If you’ve never watched this, you are in for a treat. It makes me laugh out loud every time. Sadly, we’ve probably all run into a few “trainers” who fit the bill.  

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Own a Piece of Triple Crown History! Justify’s Autographed Halter at Charity Auction

Auction for Justify's halter

A halter worn by Triple Crown Winner Justify and autographed by trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith is being auctioned for the benefit of Remember Me Rescue — a thoroughbred aftercare alliance organization and a 501(c)3 charity. Since it was founded in 2008, Remember Me Rescue has successfully retrained and re-homed more than 750 […]

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SafeStyle Stirrups Review

SafeStyle Stirrup

Recently I posted a review of the Acavallo Arena Stirrups, my first foray into modern safety stirrups. The second brand that opted to try are the SafeStyle Stirrups. The SafeStyle stirrups are manufactured in the Netherlands and are a smaller, family-owned business, quite different from a company like Acavallo. There’s a lot to like about […]

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The Inn of the Prancing Pony

The Hartwell tavern

Lord of the Rings fans will know immediately that the Inn of the Prancing Pony is an inn in Bree where Frodo Baggins, Sam, Pippin, and Merry first met Strider. This sign isn’t from that Inn, but it’s the first thing I think of whenever I walk past it. This sign graces the front of […]

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