Enter Ghost

When I was about six, my grandfather read Hamlet to me as a bedtime story. It might have been a strange choice, but the story really caught my attention, especially the stage direct, “Enter Ghost.” Fast forward to this week. As I wrote yesterday, Zelda has gotten a bit zaftig over the winter and her […]

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Zaftig Zelda

Girth is too small

Like many of us, after the long winter, Zelda needs to get to work on her beach bod. She’s come out of the winter a little, well, zaftig. For those of you who have never heard this expression, zaftig is a yiddish word that describes a woman who has a full, rounded figure; pleasingly plump. […]

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Spring Fever

It’s finally warming up here in New England. After last year, riding in the snow (and potential ice) lost its appear for me, so I waited for it to melt. But now that it’s warm enough to ride, the horses are experiencing spring fever in the worst way. There’s a lot of snorting, spooking and […]

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Yak to Horse Transition

Zelda and clippers

Zelda is hairy. Honestly, I probably didn’t need to blanket her this winter. She has started to bear a distinct resemblance to a Yak. Or an old man. Between the mud and her whiskers, she definitely needed a beauty boost. Perhaps she remembers growing up in the wilds of Canada and scoffs at the New […]

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The Mystery Vandal

The crime scene was perplexing. The charger for the electric fence lay on the ground on Friday morning, a good five feet from the post where it normally resides. It had been firmly mounted on the post when I fed at 6 p.m. on Thursday night. To vandalize the charger, the perpetrator would have had […]

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Horses are good for your soul

This article, Horses, Depression, and Me: How Riding Changed my Life, came up in my news feed today. Not that the idea came as a shock. Horses are good therapy. They are great listeners, they are always glad to see you (if you are the person who feeds them) and they are willing to work […]

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Dressage test chaos

What’s the worst thing that’s happened during one of your dressage tests? For me, it was when an Amish horse and buggy drove down the road next to the arena. My poor horse had never seen a horse and carriage before and immediately turned into a giraffe. That experience pales in comparison to what Imogen […]

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