The Boys

Tarma did such an exceptional job up in the mountains this weekend, plus the four hour trailer ride home, that she got the week off. I’m happy to report that when I palpitated her back and hips two and three days later, she just yawned, so no soreness! As a heavy weight rider, tack fit […]

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Get moving

I’m starting to type this up as I wait by our bikes outside the local grocery store, while my son runs in with a $20 dollar bill and grabs us some ice cream and water. This short ride, two miles out and back, is the most exercise I’ve done in over a week. I kid […]

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The weekend that wasn’t

After my last post on all my preparations for an upcoming trip to the mountains, turns out I never even hooked up the trailer. I spent most of Thursday finishing up some shopping and packing the trailer to the gills. I picked up my saddle from a shop in Mollala, where I had them add […]

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Pride Ally

This is a hard post to write, as evidenced by the 12 (nope, now 14) different revisions I’ve made to it. This post was the catalyst. I’ve been working on this for over a month, in the shower, in the saddle, sitting in my horse’s stall watching her eat, in between demanding work projects, while […]

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A ride, a fall and a bath

I know such glooms and blahs as I wrote about in my last post don’t lift easily, so I’m taking the steps to shake them off, little pushes forward towards the habits I used to have. On Saturday my friends and I were finally able to meet up at Hardy Creek, a trailhead I’ve ridden […]

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Doldrums

A few weeks ago my best friends and I had a breathtakingly beautiful ride up and down the lower portion of the Deschutes River. There was a half hour stretch of my personal Haven, riding along with no hands on the reins, taking in the huge views of river of and sky. Those moments are […]

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Come Along With Me

With an unexpected Friday off from work, I emailed Linda asking for another lesson. Luckily she was available on such short notice, though the lesson I thought I was getting was totally different from how we spent our day. That’s the thing about trainers, you get what you and your horse need, not what you […]

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friends and companions

Yesterday I loaded Tarma up (we’re down to under five minutes with plenty of side eye and resentful alfalfa snatching once aboard) and drove up to my friend’s house for pony pedicure day. The farrier was late, as he saves this barn for last. We don’t mind as it gives us time to play in […]

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Trailers are tricky

I know throughout the years we’ve asked (or told) our horses to load into pretty much anything. From tiny “two horse” trailers to truck beds, they’ll follow us anywhere. It behooves us to give them the best possible transportation, for what we ask of them is hard, and usually fun (we hope). My best friend, […]

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Leaning moments

We almost didn’t leave today, and I’m having the same struggles as usual lately about it. I let Tarma roll and let out some spiciness in the ring (I now know she can really get her butt in the air!). I hope it helped, but as soon as she saw the trailer hooked up and […]

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