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“Show me your horse and I will tell you what you are”

“Show me your horse and I will tell you what you are”

I love this old english proverb, but its accuracy is a little bit unnerving!  Logan, my 5 year old gelding (pictured here) is kind, affectionate, playful, curious, and very trusting if I introduce something to him in a way he can understand…  BUUUUT, he’s also highly reactive with a keen sense of survival.  He notices [...]

Strengths, Weaknesses, and “Racism”

Strengths, Weaknesses, and “Racism”

It’s been insanely windy here the last few days and all my best laid plans for riding have gone awry, so what’s a girl with horses that need attention to do?  Change ‘em I guess!  Tarp training on days that have 50 mph wind gusts can be super fun if you have the right mind [...]

Life is Long

Life is Long

We have a field full of retired show horses from Europe here at the ranch. Most of the owners are good friends of mine, and so I know the history of the horses.  In this photo you can see what they now love to do most; hang out with friends, snuggle and relax.  The average [...]

Love, Beauty and Magic

Love, Beauty and Magic

Riding up in the hills today on a fresh, forward, and slightly high horse couldn’t have been better.   I love when a  horse is a little hot (not out of control, stupid hot, mind you) – especially when you need them to power up some hills and not run out of steam.  What a [...]

A Collective Heartbreak

A Collective Heartbreak

It seems my memory is shot.  There are two ways to look at this;  the upside is I can’t stay mad at anyone to save my life, because I can’t recall what I was mad about in the first place, and the downside is… well, that’s obvious.  I have to live my life as a [...]

Go ahead and lay ‘em down

Go ahead and lay ‘em down

I’ve never been one to run from controversy if it’s something I feel strongly about.  It just so happens that there aren’t many subjects that stir me up into a frenzy and cause me to dig my boot heels into the ground anymore…  ”anymore” is key.  I used to be quite opinionated about so many [...]

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have”

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have”

Logan, my young palomino gelding pictured here, is trying so hard to teach me this lesson, but I just keep fighting it!  Eckhart Tolle’s quote “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have” is one of many coming from him and other spiritual advisors saying pretty much the same thing.  It’s real good [...]

Sweet Little Rosie

Sweet Little Rosie

I can remember, with great detail, a devastating event that happened to me when I was only five years old.  I cried my eyes out and was hurt in a way that my young self  had no way to grasp or understand.  It’s the last time I remember feeling any sadness for more than a [...]

“We are all of us failures – at least, the best of us are”

“We are all of us failures – at least, the best of us are”

I love this photo of my fancy Belgian warmblood, “Quo Vadis” aka “Elvis” and I accepting our first place blue ribbon at the Del Mar National Dressage Horse Show, quite some years ago.  I remember feeling so proud and even a little bit like I had a bright future ahead of me in the world [...]

The yin to my yang

The yin to my yang

I am a woman who adores contrast.  My man’s rough, callused hand gently caressing my face.  The bright sun shining down on a hillside through a break in an otherwise dark and stormy sky.  Classics such as denim and diamonds, honey baked ham, and cowboy dressage (some will know what that is!)  Elegance and style [...]