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


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


In America, when a horse refuses to move, we call it balking. In Great Britain I’ve heard it called napping. The horse is labeled naughty and disobedient. At the least, riding a balky horse is frustrating, and at the worst, the horse can become dangerous, and rear and spin in […]

When A Horse Refuses To Move


It’s been six weeks since that Quarter Horse ran over my foot and broke it. My orthopedist says that I’m healing right on schedule and that I no longer have to wear the walking cast. I’m back to my regular shoes – which means my barn boots. However, the bone […]

Horse Enrichment!



For the last six weeks, I’ve been limping around with a broken foot. I haven’t been able to get on Tonka. I have been going to the barn daily and grooming him. He loves that interaction. I take him out to the big field. We wander around (slowly!)   and […]

Horse Enrichment?


Meet Hank. He’s a Percheron X Appaloosa.   Hank is about 1,400 pounds of adorableness. Hank is as sweet as they come, but along the way, he stopped paying attention to the person at the other end of the lead line. When Hank was hungry, he ate.   Hank is […]

Teaching a Horse to Walk Politely


For the last month I’ve had a cast on my left foot. My dog nurse thinks that I should be on the couch with him for the duration.   But I’ve never been a good patient, and much to Scooter’s disappointment, I got a plastic protector for the cast, meant […]

Working While Laid Up