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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A puzzle

I didn’t have a busy agenda tonight for my visit to the barn…but Tarma wasn’t hip to it at all. I had hoped to do another short bareback ride, but Tarma chose to take a nap instead of dealing with me and the mounting block. I’ve noticed that, like the trailer, it’s not her favorite […]

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Different Days

Tarma and I had a solid weekend together, each day with a different flavor. On Saturday my best friends and I stopped by the barn, just to feed and do her feet (clean out and spray with Listerine, helps keep thrush at bay). Tarma loves to roll in the arena, so we hung out when […]

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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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Ten feet tall

I am so proud today! Flash, Cyrus and I did five and a half miles solo at Hardy Creek this morning and everything went smoothly. I have ridden at Hardy extensively in the past but Flash has only been there once a year ago. We did most of the ride on a loose rein while […]

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