Porcupines are solitary animals and stay that way by defending their territory. If you see two porcupines at the same time and it’s summer, you’re probably seeing a mamma and her porucpette. Or if you see (and hear) porcupines interacting, you’ve likely caught the action during breeding season. Occasionally in […]

Who’s This Porcupine?

This has not been a good morning. At 8 a.m. I had a flat-to-the-rim tire. Steve had to cancel a phone meeting to come and help. He tried to change the tire to the spare, but the flat wouldn’t budge. Perhaps the wheel was damaged? This was in 20° F […]

Staying Mentally in the Plus Column

I’m the sort of person who is happiest when my life is structured with goals. I like to achieve. This can be frustrating. I rarely live up to my desires or expectations. That being said, goals are good. They can expand your world and push you to help others. But […]

The Big Picture Goal

Tonka and I have a relationship based on two-way communication. We both have a say. I trust that when Tonka stops in an alert posture that there is something to suss out. I don’t take that stop as a disobedience. Rather, it’s the start of a discussion. For example, yesterday […]

He’d Rather Canter

Today we have the trifecta of things that cause stress: a pandemic, politics and Christmas catalogs in the mailbox. Fortunately, I have something to counterbalance the stressors. A beaver marsh.   Today there was ice on the shaded north side. This won’t last long. Temperatures will be rising all week. […]

Stress Relief at Turtle Hill

It might seem as if training a horse to jump is about teaching them to takeoff in the right place, at the right speed, and to go higher and higher. Those might be the details and the visible results, but training is actually about asking questions of your horse and […]

Upping the Questions

I woke up early one early morning last week and got to see Po eating acorns under one of the big oak trees in the front field.   I watched her through my binoculars. Steve got this photo with his camera. Total adorableness.   I follow the Instagram accounts of a […]

A Pumpkin for Po

The outside ring was still setup for the IEA show. We’d finally had rain so the ground wasn’t too hard to jump Tonka out there. (No use pounding on his legs. My goal is longevity with this horse!) So last week’s lesson was given outside. Tonka was delighted to be […]

Our First Oxer

Loving and caring for an animal that you know ages at a far faster rate than you is both joy and heartache. You go into it with eyes wide open, knowing that a human’s lifespan is longer than that of your animal companion and that you’ll watch as your friend […]

Old Faces