I had a fairly frustrating ride on Duke last night. We’ve been working on lateral movement as straightening aids – things like working turns on the forehand and leg yielding. Since he is a furry yak right now, I opted to do most of our work at the walk and some trot. Seriously, if I … More Spurs. I need them.
The last two weeks I’ve been able to ride at sunset which is amazing. Here, Megan and Maisie are dressaging with the most beautiful backdrop. I mean. What could be better? Oh wait, I know. Last night, Megan rode Ozzie and I hopped on Duke and we headed out to the field behind the barn … More Photography Friday: Sunset
I had a jumping lesson with Duke on Thursday night, our last one before the show on Sunday. It was…um, varied. Short version: I stayed on through a hairy moment, and made huge improvements in my riding. Long version follows. So we weren’t messing around with jumps that night. Everything pretty much went right up to … More In Which Everyone’s Hearts Stopped for a Sec
I had a lesson on Stryder recently while his leaser, who usually rides in my lesson, was on vacation. (Lucky duck!) It turned out to be an enlightening lesson. I mean, they all are, but this one especially. I have become used to horses that require a more active ride, which means I don’t have … More Do Less
You are required to read the title of this post with this type of inflection: The a-MAAAAYYYY-zing MAY-sie. It’s just how it’s done. Who is The Amazing Masie? She is my trainer’s horse. She’s a grey Dutch Thoroughbred mare and she’s so adorable and fancy. A few weeks ago, I got a text from Trainer … More The Amazing Maisie
I tried to title this post: “Who Can Ride My Horse? Blog Hop – Can I Ride Your Horse? Edition.” But that is hella long and also looks really awkward with all that funky grammar. Anyway. Olivia over at Hellomylivia started an informal blog hop about how she decides who can ride her horse. It’s … More Who Can Ride My Horse? – Hellomylivia Blog Hop
Okay so I know the traditionally agreed-upon definition of “RBF” is “resting bitch face” (which, arguably, I do have). But does anyone out there suffer from riding bitch face? I have had a strong case of it in the past. I think it’s just how I look when I concentrate. I just look like I’m mad/upset/frustrated but … More Do You Suffer from RBF?
How old is the youngest/greenest horse you’ve ridden? Four years old. That was hold old Drifter was when I started riding him. He had been started then turned out to pasture for a year-ish before I took over the ride. How old is the oldest horse you’ve ridden? Gosh, I think the horse I started … More 10 Questions for November
It’s November 1st. And while, to many, this signifies the beginning of the holiday season, equestrians know better. Forget “the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s really “the most painful time of the year.” This is No-Stirrup November. To celebrate, here’s a revisit of a classic post: Thoughts While Riding Without Stirrups. Cheers, and … More No-Stirrup November: Thoughts While Riding Without Stirrups
Guys. I’ve been trying on-and-off for more than a year now to sell my Kieffer Aachen All Purpose saddle. It is a great saddle! But I had to get a different one to fit Drifter better. Honestly I just want this dang thing gone now. Here are the details: 18″ Kieffer Aachen AP Saddle, medium … More Help Me Sell My Saddle!