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Last week, Steve and I traveled to Iceland. He had one of those decade-beginning big 0 birthdays, so we thought we’d celebrate it by seeing the northern lights. We actually saw them from the airplane window flying into Iceland! and then again when standing in the dark on a windy […]

Iceland


It’s October, Halloween month. Which means that people are dressing their pets up in costumes. I’m not one to call my animals “fur babies” (I think that does a disservice to seeing and appreciating their true natures) but yes, even I have succumbed to the silliness of Halloween. Here are […]

Halloween Horse and More


Where Tonka lives, there are six paddocks, and each has a sparkling clean tub of water.   The other day, after I rode Tonka, I cooled him off (as best I could in hot, humid weather), put on his fly mask, sprayed on bug repellent, and put him out in […]

Tonka Tells Me To Fix It



It’s as hot today as it’s been all year. So hot that even Scooter doesn’t want to sunbathe. It’s humid too, which makes the air feel like a heavy obstacle to move through. I rode this morning at 8 am, at which time it was bearable to do physical activity, but […]

The Trees Know


In a shameless attempt to attract more readers to this blog, I am forgoing my usual thoughtful post that takes hours to compose, and instead I’m sharing cute photos! Alas, I do not have an adorable cat to drive viewers here (I’m allergic.) So, instead, let’s start with these two: […]

Faces


I have been working on a thoughtful training post. I was planning on writing it today. But the cherry blossoms are blowing off of the trees, and my thoughts have blown right out with them.   It’s May. This happens.   Hopefully, I’ll have something more cogent to post later […]

May Thoughts



If there’s one thing that I’ve learned working with horses, it’s that there’s always something more to learn. My continuing education takes place both far afield and close to home, from trainers that I rely on, and also from serendipitous meeting with others. At the end of February I was […]

Continuing Education


Many of you have commented on how tidy I keep Tonka’s mane. Short and straight.   Well, my view from the saddle is a little different. I have to say that this “skunk tail” of a mane keeps me from taking us too seriously!   Tonka has whorls all over, […]

Ridiculous View


I spent the last 3 days at a conference in Florida. Meetings are always exhausting for me, but this especially so, because it was non-stop listening and talking with like-minded horse professionals. There’s no end to horse talk. This morning I woke up craving quiet. Florida was pretty, and it […]

Recharging