I've really loved seeing everyone's #5photos1day pictures, so I thought I'd give the challenge a go and show you a more or less typical day for me.Read More
Last year during my search for a new horse I came across some horses with some pretty interesting names. I'm no stranger to horses with unusual names as my last one was named Toes. I wish I had learned the story behind his name, but it's still a mystery. What I do know though, is that apparently he used to be stabled next to a horse named Shoes. For real. And if you think those names are ridiculous...Read More
My non-riding friends sometimes ask me why I still take lessons after riding for so many years. After all, what could be so hard about wearing an odd-looking outfit and sitting there on your horse while he jumps over sticks? But as us riders know, a life with horses often comes with more downs than ups, and riding is *a lot* harder than just sitting there looking pretty and collecting ribbons.Read More
Sending your beloved and faithful friend off to his or her next owner is never an easy thing to do, and it's harder with some horses than others. It's been a few months since I said good-bye to my best friend and faithful partner Toes...Read More
Summer starts in exactly 17 days, and if you're anything like me, you know that we're fast approaching the time of year that brings long sunny days, trips to the beach -- and -- the season when horse addiction is at its worst. This is primarily due to 3 things: Warm weather. Horse shows. Outdoor riding.
This will be the first summer I'll have a horse of my own in 5 long, terrible, horseless years and I can already feel the addiction pulling me in deeper. The weather has been beautiful the last few weeks (for Seattle) and I've found myself spending a ridiculous amount of time at the barn. Lately I've been grazing Toes nearly every day (spoiled horse), and his yellowy-gray coat is looking whiter because he's getting more baths (he's not too happy about this part), and even my tack is getting more attention as I look for reasons to linger at the barn.
Speaking of my horse Toes, I don't think I've given him a proper introduction. Here's the rundown: the name Toes is a mystery but somehow it suits him perfectly, he's nearly 10 years old but acts like a 4 year old more often than I'd like (he is half Thoroughbred), he has a huge personality and is as addicted to horse cookies as I am to chocolate chip cookies (for a Toes approved horse cookie recipe click here), and I leased him for several months last year before taking the plunge and buying him a little over a month ago. Oh, and I think he's absolutely amazing, and yes I know I'm biased. But isn't he pretty?...Read More
I've been riding and competing in jumpers (and in the past eventing and dressage) for over 20 years now. Sometimes I joke that this sport is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous - and that I've been trying to quit for years - but let's be honest, us horse addicts know that trying to quit is just a wasted effort.
So fellow horse lovers, join me and stay tuned for weekly blog posts. My goal is to share riding tips and advice I've accumulated from training and competing in several different countries (different places definitely have different ways of doing things!) under the tutelage of some of the sport's top Olympians and Grand Prix riders. I'll also be...Read More