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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?


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


The barn where I board Tonka has an annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party. Tarps are put down in the indoor, tables set-up, and pumpkins and children (and pizza!) arrive. The guests set to carving. The resulting pumpkins made me smile. There were classic toothy jack-o-lanterns. This being the Boston area, […]

Halloween Pumpkin For Horse People



A nor’easter blew in yesterday, which was perfect timing for Tonka’s Halloween costume. I thought about outfitting him in the barn, but we’d have to walk past the indoor, and I didn’t want to scare any riders in there. So we headed out to the field only partially dressed.   […]

Halloween Horse Costume


Tonka is back home. The diagnostic exams at Tufts identified the area of inflammation – his sacroiliac joint. It’s been treated, and he’ll be fine! There’s lots to tell you about, but right now, we’re getting ready for Halloween. I’ve got two fun posts for you about that coming up […]

Tonka Update


Years ago, when one of my books came out, my editor told me that I should be on Twitter to promote sales. I tried, but it just wasn’t my thing. Since then, social media has exploded. There are now ways to be public that I haven’t even tried. Snapchat! Flickr! […]

Social Media



Two years ago, Steve started planning our trip to see the total eclipse. He looked at charts and weather reports and concluded that Casper, Wyoming had the best chance of clear skies. He booked a room at a Best Western on the outskirts of town. If the weather didn’t cooperate, we could […]

It Pays To Stop At Tack Shops


I’ve been meaning to write a detailed post about how to train a horse to load into a trailer without the use of force or pressure. I’ve recently been working with a couple of horses who have a history of refusing to load in ways that were dangerous to themselves and […]

Distractions From Blogging


French Manicure:   Barn Manicure: Everyday I go to the “spa.” I get a daily manicure (illustrated above.) There’s also the facial: which is a dirt mask treatment, followed by a soothing baby wipe to the face. Applying ice to joints is known to be beneficial, which is no problem when tacking up […]

Barn Spa Treatments