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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


  When I was a very little girl I dreamed up my perfect horse. He was going to be black, with a white mane and tail. I even named him Midnight Snow. That color combination is not a genetic possibility, and I even knew back then that such a horse didn’t exist, […]

Dream Horse


Although a horse’s safety can depend on putting distance between themselves and what scares them, it’s not true that they take flight without thinking. Blindly taking off carries risks – of running headlong into a worse danger, of injuring oneself, and of being separated from the herd. A horse prefers to assess the situation […]

Not “Bombproof”