A winner

Today was a good day. I won a gift certificate for Trafelgar Square Books from the Backyard Horse Blog (thank you so much!) I promptly ordered three ebooks, “Know Better Do Better”, by Denny Emerson; “What Horses Really Want”, by Lynn Acton; and “Distant Skies”, by Melissa Chapman. I also ordered a hard copy of […]

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Solid steps

Today gave me a glimmer of hope that I can convince Tarma the trailer isn’t all bad. This was mostly thanks to my barn owner, who turns out is something of a whiz with trailer loading. Within about 15 minutes she and I had Tarma pretty much loading up with no pressure, although she was […]

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Work To Do

I was supposed to be writing a mostly triumphant post today. My plan was to haul to McIver and try our newly booted hooves at our first out and about trail ride together. Maybe a few bobbles, some lessons learned, but I was optimistic…overly, as it turned out. Remember when I mentioned building that partnership […]

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Tarma and I: Adventure Buddies

Now that Tarma is more or less settled in, my thoughts turn to what intentions I have for our partnership, and which parts of those I think we can realistically reach in the next year or so. She’s proving herself a smart, careful lady, although getting to know her is a longer process that I […]

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Tarma’s First Adventure

I took a chance on the weather today and I am so glad that I did. We loaded Tarma up and went to our favorite nearby state park, Milo McIver. There are a series of obstacles built by the North Valley chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails, of which yours truly is somehow currently the VP […]

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A doozy of a day

Just to prove that life is an all successes and rainbows today was A Day. And even as I sit with a cup of Dutch Bros hot chocolate in my hand, watching Tarma hoover up her alfalfa, I acknowledge how lucky I am to even be able to make that statement. Even my hardships are […]

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Big step!

Oh sweet lady, I needed today’s triumph! Our biggest step together yet was the absolute highlight of my day. I snuck away from work early with less than an hour’s worth of daylight left but I wasn’t going to waste it! I was lucky that it was close enough to dinner time, so when I […]

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They’ve Always Been Interesting Times

It feels extremely odd and almost wrong to be calm and satisfied, but that’s how I found myself this afternoon. I’d just put in a solid morning’s effort for a major work project, more or less successfully herded Kade through another remote school day, and played a rousing game of Scrabble after a walk in […]

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Puppy or Dog?

When I’m not buried in work or delighting in visiting Tarma every night, there’s an ongoing struggle I keep going back to. We’re still healing from loosing Cyrus (a process that never really ends), and slowly shifting towards maybe being ready to find our next dog. However, Cyrus set such a ridiculously high bar, even […]

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Blog Hop, 2020 Summary, Pandemic Edition

I’m always a bit too slow (read: distractible) to do proper year end round ups, and I’ve been dragging my feet more so than usual for this rabid wolverine on shrooms year. But I’m stealing this from Starlight Lane Farm’s blog, someone I’ve been following and appreciating for years. What’s the best thing that happened […]

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