We have two trail cams set up at Turtle Hill. One of them is in the Beaver Sculpture Park. This time of year the marsh is frozen over and the beavers stay in their lodge. But we were curious about who else might be enjoying their artistic efforts. Other than […]

Artists at Turtle Hill


I wrote about this last winter, but I’m doing it again. I have a fix for static shocks at the barn. It has truly changed my relationship with Tonka. Tonka is a smart horse who makes connections. He hates static shocks. He knows they don’t just happen out of the […]

Static Shock Fix For Horses


I used to have a dog named Lily. She took her job of being vigilant about what went on around Little Pond Farm very seriously. She was not an easy dog to live with. I decided that she needed a side-kick. A Robin to her Batman. I found this puppy. […]

Scooter is 14!



I live in southern Maine. We have WEATHER. Rain, nor’easters, hail, the occasional hurricane, snow, blizzards. Fog, sun, clouds, high winds, withering humidity. I welcome (or at least tolerate) all of it except in winter when the temperature hovers at freezing and instead of snow we get rain that freezes […]

Colic Weather


This week’s jumping lesson provided something of a metaphor for 2020. In January Tonka and I tried something new. Jumping. Despite the pandemic, we’ve been able to take lessons from Steph. We’ve learned a lot and progressed.  Yesterday we were given a new challenge – a bounce line. This is […]

Grabbing Mane Into The New Year


Well, the holiday gift-giving season is just about over. What was the best gift that you received? Or the one that surprised you (in a good way!) the most? Mine was a chainsaw. Specifically a lightweight, rechargeable battery-powered chainsaw. This was a gift from Steve, and in my world, it’s […]

Best Present



Tonka is ready. If one of Santa’s reindeer can’t do the job tonight, Tonka is able and willing.     He’s been studying the flight manual.   He’s been practicing flying over jumps in the arena. The trail riding that we’ve been doing will keep him sure-footed while clattering on […]

Standby Reindeer


Last week the snow fell light and deep. No crust. No ice. Perfect for riding. I led Tonka to the outside ring. He was not sure that I was serious about this.   After I got on he said that walking through snow is a lot of work. Look at […]

Dashing Through The Snow


There’s been a lot of frustration and disgruntlement (to put it mildly) about our horse sports’ governing bodies, but the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) has done something right. As of July of 2021 the FEI has ruled that it will be illegal for horses to compete at FEI events with […]

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