Two weeks ago Tonka was obviously sore, most notably his left front. I immediately stopped riding and made an appointment with my veterinarian. She deduced that the coffin joints inside of his hoofs was causing pain (read more on this blog) and injected the joints with a cocktail of drugs. […]

Coffin Joint Injection Results


I live on a hill overlooking a beaver marsh in southern Maine. This is the view from the front of the house. Two acres of field and blueberry barrens sloping down to wetlands. If I were a landscape painter I couldn’t have imagined a better composition. Those 4 large oaks […]

Observer or the Observed?


In my warmup before last Thursday’s jumping lesson, Tonka was off. Not so obvious on the straightaways, but definitely on the corners.   Determining exactly where the lameness is originating from can be tricky, but this seemed to be a left front issue. In the weeks prior to this, Tonka […]

Coffin Joint Injections



As I turn out of the barn’s driveway at 6 am, Tonka safely ensconced in the trailer that I’m pulling with my pickup truck, I glance at Steve and say, Why do I do this? It’s not a question and he’s heard it before. We know that on the road back […]

Are Horse Shows Fun?


Tonka certainly doesn’t lack in enthusiasm about jumping. This is his expression as he approaches a fence. Eyes locked on, ears pricked forward, face determined but not stressed, tail flying behind, hooves light on the ground as he powers from his quarters.   What we do lack is consistency. This […]

Enthusiasm, Consistency


Helena Harris has a podcast at the Horse Radio Network called Stall and Stable. Her main focus is giving advice to people who keep their horses home. She covers other topics, too, and it’s well worth subscribing to, even if, like me, you board your horse. Helena follows my blog […]

Why I Board Podcast



I’ve very recently switched from focusing on dressage to going over fences in the hunter/jumper (H/J) style. I’ll write another post about why (short answer, it’s fun!) This blog, though, is about all of the things that I didn’t know that it was assumed that I did. I’ve been around […]

Learning What I Don’t Know


Horses are herd animals, which means they prefer to be in a group of their own kind. Feral horses living on open rangeland organize themselves into a family subset of mares, foals, a few youngsters, and a stallion who keeps them together. There are roving bands of bachelors, angling to […]

Friends Over the Fence


I’m incredibly fortunate during this pandemic to be able to continue to ride and take lessons at my boarding barn. I’m even able to enter local schooling shows. I ride six days a week and because I’m competing I have a focus. There’s lots that both Tonka and I have […]

Tonka at Turtle Hill