The Brief – May 9, 2020

I’ve really condensed the name of these now. It’s better this way.  My New Scheme I got on Berry the other day, but I got way too into my own head and got scared. A lot of this stemmed from feeling very insecure in my leg. I was thinking about how I could get a […]

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Tiny the Twin Colt

I’ve already been posting about this on Facebook, but not everyone follows me on Facebook. (AHEM, maybe you should!). My friend Sarah has twins – Twin foals, not twin humans. I’ve known Sarah for 9 years now. I bought Berry from her. I sent Pony to her for training. Sarah is a really interesting person. […]

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Xenophon on Young Horses

Following up on the previous post about Xenophon, I wanted to look at what he actually wrote in The Art of Horsemanship. How close is it to modern horsemanship? Would we follow these ideas today?    If you’d like to read The Art of Horsemanship, it’s available free here.  He starts his book with the […]

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The To-Do List

Life on the farm is always busy. (Just keep boarding, it’s so much easier.) But it’s amazing how much I can get done when I just dedicate a few hours here and there to it. “And when the morning work is done, our farm friends will have so much fun.” – From a board book […]

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Who Was Xenophon?

If you know of Xenophon, it’s because he’s an obscure ancient Greek guy who wrote a book on horsemanship, which has been referenced in other training guides. The United States Dressage Federation lists it as a suggested reading.  Early Life Xenophon grew up in Athens, Greece, born in an aristocratic equestrian household, called the “hippeis.” […]

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(Bi)-Weekly Brief April 17, 2020

I have not been writing as much as I’d like. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and makes it really hard to sit down and write uninterrupted. I’ve been spending a lot of evenings doing farm work, which is my normal writing time. Then I come in to write something, but I am interrupted. […]

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The Kool Aid Man

Several days after Stu’s last breakout, I was again mucking stalls. The stalls happen everyday, but this time was going to be different. (This blog is well on its way to just being a chronicle of Stu breaking my fences.) You know the movie, “The Butterfly Effect,” where the tiniest thing can change how events […]

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