I did one thing that made me a better trail rider and horse owner in general. It wasn’t following any particular trainer or method, it wasn’t watching any particular video or reading any particular book, and it wasn’t even taking lessons. It was learning about endurance riding. I had never heard of endurance riding until… Continue reading The One Thing I Did That Made Me a Better Trail Rider
Spring is on its way, the time when horse shows, trail rides and obstacle challenges get going for the season. I finally have a sane, safe horse and I want to do a lot with him this year, hopefully some short competitive trail rides and obstacle challenges to start. I’ve got to build up his… Continue reading Olaf Goes on a Solo Trail Ride
For my 40th birthday, I bought myself an expensive piece of outdoor gear, an Arctic Horse riding skirt. I spend a lot of time outdoors caring for the horses in all kinds of weather, and I usually wear a combination of flannel pajama pants, waterproof boots, and some form of rain jacket or winter coat… Continue reading My riding skirt came… and it’s wonderful!
I took Olaf on his first off property ride last weekend. I got him 9 months ago, but for the first few months I didn’t ride him at all and let him work on gaining weight. This summer I started riding him on short little hacks around the barn property to let him start building… Continue reading Olaf’s First Field Trip
If you’re an equestrian, you’ve no doubt heard of No Stirrup November. It’s when riders all over the globe try riding without stirrups. Some of them go bareback and some remove the stirrups leathers and irons from their saddles. The goal is to improve your riding by forcing yourself to use your seat and not… Continue reading I rode bareback for a year and this is what happened…
I really hate spending money, especially on clothes, because they are such a poor investment. I do like clothes though; I am a girl, after all. I buy nearly of my clothing at Goodwill because I can’t stand to pay what the retail stores are asking. Every now and then though, I see an article… Continue reading I bought an expensive thing.
My daughter went from telling me that she’s not into riding and she’s never going to ride to calling me and asking when I’m coming home because she wants to go ride. This happened literally overnight. In one 24 hour cycle she went from non-horsey girl to full on equestrian diva, tall boots and all.… Continue reading The miracle continues…
My daughter is 10 years old. Since she could sit up on her own, I’ve been putting her on my horses and letting her sit on them while they eat. That turned into “pony rides” on the leadline, even though my giant thoroughbred definitely is not a pony. I hoped that she would fall in… Continue reading Dreams do come true…
Last weekend I took my mule Ellie to an intro endurance ride. Endurance is something I’ve wanted to try for a couple years now, and I was so excited to finally be crossing it off the bucket list, even if I was only doing the 10 mile intro ride. I had a great experience at ride… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #3- Endurance isn’t for me.
This weekend I’m taking my mule Ellie to an intro endurance ride. I want to write down my thoughts beforehand so that after the ride I can come back and reflect on what I *thought* I would accomplish vs. what I actually accomplished. First, a little history. I bought my first horse 10 years ago… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #2- We are doing endurance (kinda)!