December 18, 2011.Reading time 2 minutes.
One thing I like about horses is they don’t hold a grudge. Even when maybe they should. At the end of hunt season I rode badly to a big vertical. I didn’t realize that the ground dipped slightly before the fence, making it larger than I realized. I could tell that Freedom didn’t like the […]
March 13, 2011.Reading time 2 minutes.
I can’t remember the last time we had two spectacular riding days in a row. The ice is gone, the trails aren’t completely under water and the sun was out. Freedom is much improved. Yesterday I worked him in our local ring (the footing was surprisingly good) and although he felt a tad short on […]
February 10, 2011.Reading time 7 minutes.
Jane over at the Literary Horse is embarking on a search for a new trainer since her’s just retired. She asked her readers what they look for when they are choosing a trainer. My response started to get so long that I decided I’d better make it into a post! Here’s what I do: If […]
January 3, 2011.Reading time 2 minutes.
I have always had a zero tolerance policy for shenanigans under saddle. Bucking in particular is something I have always nipped in the bud. At the first sign of bucking he goes into a one rein stop. Mostly, it’s a self-preservation move: Freedom is such an athlete that I’m sure he could get me off […]
January 20, 2009.Reading time 1 minute.
Here’s an interesting study that gives you another reason to ride (just in case you need another way to justify it). Riding helps reduce back pain. A total of 24 patients, considerably disabled in daily activities by back pain, participated in an Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) programme. The patients also had several health problems in […]
January 15, 2009.Reading time 3 minutes.
We are expecting frigid temperatures here in New England for the next few days. Overnight lows will be in the single digits (if we’re lucky) and the highs will be in the low teens. Personally, I don’t ride if it’s lower than 20° F. Any lower than that and my toes and fingers are just […]