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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Bring me a real monster

Horses are afraid of the darndest things. Freedom remembers exactly where every rock and log is that we pass. If anything moves, if the sun shines differently, or if something is wet that used to be dry, he is on the alert. When a new sign was posted on the trail system, it took me […]

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Ice, Arnica and Aleve

Today Freedom and I parted company and I found that the ground is hard. Very hard. I’m lucky in that the last time I fell off one of my horses was back in May, 2008  (When did the Ground get so much harder) — I can report the ground did not get any softer and […]

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Silly things that scare your horse

Often you can predict what will scare your horse when you are out riding. But sometimes, it’s a surprise — and provides some insight into how your horse perceives its surroundings. Last fall I had finished schooling and was cooling my quiet older horse out on a loose rein, with no stirrups while talking on […]

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