When my son was little, there was a book that we read over and over again. Goofy’s Big Race. It’s a retelling of the classic turtle and the hare tale, but with Disney characters and cars. Goofy, of course, is the turtle. As he perseveres through set-backs he repeats this […]

Slow and Steady, Steady and Slow


Humans find symmetry beautiful. (Google this. Fascinating research!) We also equate symmetry with athleticism. Oh, to be an ambidextrous baseball batter! But most of us are either left or right-handed. Beyond that, wear and tear alters our posture. Perhaps a shoulder droops a little, or we’re stronger on one leg […]

Counting to Position Success


It takes just one bad scare to change how your horse behaves from then on – for days, maybe months, maybe years, maybe forever. With observation, management and training, you can alleviate some of your horse’s fear, but you might not be able to “fix” it. I’m in this situation […]

Overcoming a Fearful Incident



Steve and I have been doing the sort of thinking that went into deciding what’s right for the Goat Boys, for ourselves. In the last few years, much in our lives has changed, but our physical space has not. It’s better to be proactive about these things than to have […]

A Move To Maine


Several times a year, I teach a Problem Solving Your Problem Animal class through local adult and community education departments. Each person who comes loves their dog (it’s usually a dog, although I’ve had people discuss cats and parrots, too) but they’re at their wit’s end. Each person has an […]

How To Choose A Trainer


In April, the Goat Boys, Pip and Caper, will be ten years old. They’re twins. They arrived here when they were 10-weeks old. They are delightful, charming, clever, and optimistic. I adore them.  Wethers (neutered male goats) can live to be twelve years old. Some live to be fourteen. So, the […]

A New Life For Old Goats



In this era of “tidying up,” storing horse show ribbons in boxes and tucking them into a back closet won’t do. Neither will hanging them on a wall to fade and collect dust. It’s a nice problem to have – what to do with those show ribbons. Having them in […]

Horse Show Ribbon Display


The barn where I currently keep Tonka is perfect. Few people who board their horses can say that. I’ve written about why it is so wonderful in this post, but I’ll summarize that in one sentence: Tonka is happy. But perfection doesn’t last. The barn is changing hands and this […]

Looking For a New Boarding Barn


I brought Tonka home in December of 2013. He was two months shy of his 8th birthday. Today he turns 13! I’m fortunate to have been able to learn something of Tonka’s early days. He grew up on a ranch in Texas, with aunties who told him what’s what, and […]

Happy 13th Birthday, Tonka!