Yesterday Scooter went to the veterinarian.   He has gnarly big teeth in a little mouth. I confess to not brushing them enough. Scooter needed dental work. He was sedated, the plaque scraped off, and one loose incisor was removed. The bill was $380. My first reaction? That’s not much! […]

Horse Math


I think that Tonka has been moonlighting as a Breyer Horse model. Yesterday I was in a tack store and spotted this:   I believe that this photo shows Tonka practicing for the artist: Tonka does have cutting horse in his pedigree, but the moment captured in this photo Tonka […]

Tonka, Breyer Model?


Before I head out on the trail with Tonka, I always put horse cookies in my pocket. Along with a few boring hay stretcher pellets (Tonka likes these, but they don’t thrill him) I take a few yummier cookies, and also peppermints, which are rare and highly valued treats. Yesterday, […]

Cookies In My Pocket



Horses can go from a calm state like this:   to this: in the blink of an eye. You can be sitting on a horse, relaxed and chatting with a friend, when suddenly you and your horse are going at breakneck speed across the arena. People say He just freaked […]

It’s Never Nothing


The big picture of life is often scary. Sometimes sad. There’s a lot going on, and these days it feels like there’s no escaping the news. Wherever you are, whatever is happening your world, there is a something this small, this beautiful, at your feet.   Breathe it in. The […]

Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks.


Here in the States, it’s the week of Thanksgiving. It’s a big deal, especially for my family. Two sons are coming home. They haven’t been together in this house since last year. That happens when college and work schedules take priority. We have plans. Scooter thinks that we should all […]

This Week



Last Thursday and Friday I was a presenter at the Springfield, Massachusetts Equine Affaire. I had a blast! Many people go to Equine Affaire just to shop. My focus was on my talks, but I had enough time to check out the offerings. I got Tonka a Back on Track […]

Equine Affaire Wrap-Up


We all have things that we’re afraid of. Some of those things we should be afraid of, and fear lets us take quick evasive action. But other things get in the way of life. (For example, if I let my fear of snakes control me, I’d never go into my […]

Overcoming Fear With “Touch”


Last January, Tonka started to twitch his head, but only when ridden, and only in a specific posture. I called on my veterinarian. Whatever it was that was bothering him seemed to be a small issue. Tonka was otherwise sound. We checked his bridle and saddle fit, which were fine. […]

The Culprit is the Sacroiliac Joint