Tonight was a fabulously playful ride. It was later in the day and I really wasn't feeling like "training". I went through my usual grooming routine and then moved on to a light lunge session. Lunging lately has become so boring. Athena is so good at it. She picks up each new gait on cue, … Continue reading Having Fun Bareback Riding
The holidays are a great break in the routine. They are a time to celebrate, to do something out of the norm and to get a little silly. I love holidays and I especially love it when I get to bring my horse to the party too! What better way to kick off spring than … Continue reading Easter Party With Your Horse
1.) The horse can do it. When I first started riding on uneven surfaces such as in grass fields and out on the trail my horse would trip and stumble. I would get so frustrated, often complaining " this is never going to work... we can't do our "dressage" training with such crappy footing. I … Continue reading Lessons I’ve learned from riding in imperfect conditions
I’m always exploring products that can help my horse perform better. For Athena, this means reducing stress, helping her focus more and soothe her tight and sore muscles from a good ride. Through my research, I discovered Fenwick Equestrian and in particular, their LT Calming Mask and LT Stable Sheet. Both are amazing and have … Continue reading Love the Fenwick LT Calming Mask and Stable Sheet!
Nail holes, hoof cracks, white line oh my! Thankfully, Athena has great hooves. She has been barefoot most of her life and we’ve never had any issues. In January, it became apparent that her barefoot hooves couldn’t take the beating of every day riding, rocky trail rides and gravel around the barn. A groove was … Continue reading Hoof Treatment for White Line Disease: Therazone
On the Hunt! Hunting for the perfect fly sheet! Living in Hawaii, and owning a baroque build Friesian sport horse has created quite the conundrum for finding the perfect fly sheet. With hot and humid weather year round, the fly sheet must be light weight and highly breathable. But, it still needs to provide good protection … Continue reading Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me: Abrazo Hug Fly Sheet Review
How do I know when my horse is tired? This is a common question that is often answered in some variation of… "When you feel you don’t have any horse left.” Well, that’s great, but what if you have a horse that just seems to keep going no matter what??? I hear you. I have … Continue reading Subtle Signs of a Tired horse
In July of 2015, I welcomed Athena into our family. She had just turned 5 years old and was very green. To say I had no real idea what I was in for is an understatement. But, with excitement, a healthy dose of apprehension and a lot of logistical planning, Athena traveled from Washington State to … Continue reading Welcome Home Athena!
I pulled into the barn ready to for some much needed time with Athena. I love pulling into the barn and looking out to her pasture. She usually perks up, hearing me pull in. But, today she was happily grazing in her pasture. The sun’s rays were still warm, casting an afternoon glow across the … Continue reading Different Expectations for Different Situations
It’s been a week of rain, rain and more rain here in Hawaii. We’ve managed to sneak out between the showers to enjoy a few rides down the road to at least get out, but mostly it’s been a week in creative horse training. During one such break in the weather I looked out … Continue reading Turning Rainy Days into Training Opportunities!