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Bliss

Evening at the barn.  Dark at 5pm.  By the time I get Angel tacked up, I’m the only human there. It is so quiet.  The only sounds are barn sounds: horses munching on hay, the occasional rattle of a bucket, … Continue reading

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WWRD?

What Would Rod Do? After four and a half months, I got back in the saddle this weekend.  After breaking this stupid little piece of bone in my foot and having it encased in either an ortho boot or a … Continue reading

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Gratitude

I’ve been out of riding commission since mid-July with a broken foot.  After wearing a boot, having surgery, and wearing a cast, I finally get the cast off today.  It’s been an interesting 3 1/2 months, full of frustrations and … Continue reading

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“Don’t Sell Your Saddle”

I’ve been out of commission since mid-July.  Broken foot didn’t heal, so I had to have surgery to pin the bone.  Won’t be able to ride until November.  Besides feeling incredibly frustrated and disappointed, I miss Angel terribly.  Since I … Continue reading

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And God Laughed

There’s a Yiddish proverb, roughly translated: “We make plans, and God laughs.” I moved Angel to our new stable so that we could ride the trails.  My plan was to get used to the new setting, approach the trails in … Continue reading

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Gimme Some Respect!

Horses are herd animals, and those herds are based on a hierarchy.  Horses want to know their place in the herd.  Once they figure it out, they’re pretty happy most of the time.  A new member joins the herd, and … Continue reading

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The Big Blue Tarp, Part II

The good trainers say that you have to have intent with your horse.  Make a plan. Have a goal.  Too often we go out to ride with a “whatever” attitude.  And then wonder why our horse is all over the … Continue reading

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The Big Blue Tarp

Last year I took Angel and myself to a Jerry Tindell clinic.  One thing that happened during that time was that Jerry was able to get Angel to walk over a blue tarp on the ground.  I was in awe, … Continue reading

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The Seven Stages of Aging on Horseback

By Cindy Hale Stage I: Fall off pony. Bounce. Laugh. Climb back on. Repeat. Stage 2: Fall off horse. Run after horse, cussing. Climb back on by shimmying up horse’s neck. Ride until sundown. Stage 3: Fall off horse. Use … Continue reading

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Stormy Weather – And It’s Just Fine!

Our new barn is very different.  There must be close to 90 horses at the facility, but I hardly ever run into others during the week.  Weekends are only moderately busy, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I go up … Continue reading

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