September 30, 2012.Reading time 1 minute.
It’s an incredible gift to have a passion that gives you pleasure year after year. Something that puts a smile on your face. Something that you can look forward to every day. Not everyone is lucky enough to find something that interests them forever. In fact, I think it’s rare. Most of the equestrians I […]
November 3, 2011.Reading time 5 minutes.
When you buy a horse you are buying more than just an animal — you are investing in your hopes and dreams of what you want to accomplish. You visualize yourself coming in from that cross country course with your cheeks flushed and your eyes watering from the excitement . . . or finishing that […]
February 2, 2011.Reading time 3 minutes.
Winter is going full force in New England. The snow is piling up. Yesterday we had about 8″ and overnight there was another 6″ or so. That was fine. It was the freezing rain that really made the conditions bad. That’s what we had all day to day. When I went to the barn to […]
January 5, 2011.Reading time 7 minutes.
For the past few days I’ve been watching another owner/rider dispute unfold on COTH. Certainly after reading about this experience, the Henny dispute and the issues over La Biosthetique Sam, I’d sure as heck think twice about buying a horse for a rider to compete. The comments on the most recent threads repeat several common […]
October 22, 2010.Reading time 2 minutes.
It was two years ago today that Kroni died. I still miss him, although the pain is more of a dull ache now. Something that sneaks up on me, rather than a sharp hurt. These past few weeks he’s been on my mind. First, there was a hunt at the last place I ever rode […]
March 22, 2010.Reading time 6 minutes.
When you sell a horse you never really know where it will end up. Maybe not next year but over time as the horse ages and its abilities or soundness decrease. To address that, some people write in a “right of first refusal” clause into their sales contact, hoping for the chance to buy back […]
December 4, 2008.Reading time 13 minutes.
Back in September, Stacey at Behind the Bit posed the question, “Co-op barns: why aren’t there more of them?” I’ve been thinking about a response ever since. I’ve been at a co-op barn for the past eight years. For the most part, it’s been an incredibly good experience. Before moving there, I drove 25 minutes […]