All Blog Posts Tagged 'stories' (37)

Story time: Tell us about what you did for the difficult to catch, the horse that either refused to go or refused to slow down.

I want to hear you stories, and share some of my own.  Tell me about the one that got away, didn't take a step no matter what you did, or wouldn't slow down long enough to get anything done. 

For our difficult to catch we had a myriad of Galicenos that had been raised with minimal human contact after the first year. They were all halter broke, some lead broke, but still very wild.  Of these we had a pair of full brothers, 8yo Flash and 6yo Peanut Butter.  Both sons of El Cacahuatito…


Added by Kate Green on January 14, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

A new pair of Cowboy boots

Last Sunday morning, I waited in the car, while my business partner went into a local bakery in downtown Tempe, AZ to buy some piping-hot, super fresh, right out-of-the over, cross-top buns to take to Easter dinner Needless to say the lines were long and it took him awhile.

I had brought a book to read about expanding my spiritual awareness, called "The Force". I was deep into reading my book, deep into feeling more spiritual and ready to take on every new challenge that came my… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on April 10, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Rattler Warning!

Here is my post this morning to my Facebook, thought you might enjoy the reactions.

Just wanted to let you know how my day started:




It is OMG time!!!

( PS: that was me as my heart was beating very fast, as I ran back into the… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on March 22, 2010 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Sesame Street

Tonight's episode is brought to you by the letter "D".




Seems I'm not the only fan of Sesame Street. Monday night, Sammie conjured up the above adjectives in our workout, reminding me of what used to be one of my favorite childhood TV shows. I should have predicted the outcome. It was so predictable that it was practically scripted. But what seems patently… Continue

Added by saddlebroke on November 25, 2009 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Regroup, recover and replan...

My recent attempt at BHS SM exam was not successful. I spotted the postman and as soon as I felt the envelope in my hand I knew. It was not heavy enough to be carrying a certificate. I thought the exam had gone well and felt confident. I knew I had made some mistakes and unfortunately they were enough. I have been rationalising with my disappointed self this week:

I started working full time with horses in October 2007 – 2 years ago which is not really that much time to get the… Continue

Added by Anna Trinder on November 7, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Ups and downs

I didn’t win! So I left the BHS Young Instructor of the Year final quite disappointed. Having said that, it was a great experience and I did learn a lot, so overall I am pleased that I entered. It was good to meet other people of my own age, following similar paths and also the judges who were all Fellows of the BHS. It is a fabulous opportunity to take part in such a competition and I will be going back next year for another try.

Last Saturday I visited Oldencraig EC in Surrey to… Continue

Added by Anna Trinder on October 10, 2009 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

2009 - What a Year It's Been (endurance wise)

Just looking back over my 2009 season and all I can say is "Wow, what a year it has been!"

First off I would like to thank the Graber Family in Indiana who purchased my matched pair of Hackney Horse fillies last October thus giving me the funds to make 2009 possible. Also to Leigh Gowdy-King for letting me pair up with Bask N Coins+ (aka Loosi). Many more thanks to my pit crew Vivianne Macdonald and Art King and all the others who have helped along the way.

I started off… Continue

Added by Diana on October 10, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

Sometimes I feel like I'm back at square one, again

This week is my first full week at using the bit.

It is interesting how the mares differ in their reactions to the change. Mia is becoming much more cooperative at obeying the bit, and she is still giving me great contact. Of course I spend a part of my riding time on loose reins. This mare is starting to stabilize (keep the same speed until the next aid.) Twice when I stopped using my leg she continued at the same speed completely on her own on loose reins!!! One was at a striding… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on October 4, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Hallelujah, I can ride with a bit again!

It has been sort of rough the past few weeks. My husband got the flu, then I started having an exacerbation on my MS, then I got the flu and could not do much for two weeks. Luckily I do not have permament harm this time, so it is back to riding!

Every year after the summer blahs I always worry if my hands are good enough to ride in a bit. Forced by the bad effects of the heat on my MS I HAVE to ride bitless during the summertime. I am so grateful for the cross-under bitless bridles,… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on September 27, 2009 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Cameo Z just blows me away

That little boy does not put one wrong foot down. He is such a good boy for such a youngster. Here I was, with my niece getting him all ready for the National Foal Championships and CSH Breeder show. Driving along, I was watching the time getting nervous as I was worried I was going to get to the RCRA late and miss the first class. We ended up pulling into the parking lot at 9:50am. My friend Jane helped me unload him and we literally ran to the office and then into the arena. I just made… Continue

Added by Sarah on September 24, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Honeymoon in Purgatory

In my last post, I mentioned the new home I had picked out for Sammie, in Clancy's backyard. Amazingly, though I live in a community with loads of equestrian zoned real estate, bridle paths that wind through the streets, miles and miles of trails into the foothills and mountains, and even a public park with two large arenas and a round pen, when I bought Sammie, I had only three public board options within 10 miles, and none of them would be suitable.

There was one nice facility,… Continue

Added by saddlebroke on September 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

There's Nothing Like That New Horse Smell

Buying a horse takes an incredible leap of faith. You hope that this will be your "forever" equine partner. And yet, you are ready to commit after less time than you would spend on a typical first date. How many people do you know who got engaged to be married after a coffee date at Starbucks? Ask any horse owner how much time they spent getting to know their horse before purchase, though, and the answers will probably range from an hour or less to a few days, on the high (and rare) end. I… Continue

Added by saddlebroke on September 9, 2009 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Does This Horse Make My Butt Look Big?

Between the first time I saw her ad on Dreamhorse, and Lisa's phone call to her seller, somebody else put a deposit down on Samba, taking her off the market. But the morning of Lisa's call, mere hours before the scheduled vet check, the buyer forfeited her deposit, canceling the sale. "My trainer saw the video, and told me this horse makes my butt look too big." Seriously. I was getting the opportunity to buy my dreamhorse, because someone… Continue

Added by saddlebroke on September 7, 2009 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Some Small Signs of Progress

Another wonderful week, in that I got to ride 3 times. If my energy keeps up I could get to like this!

Although the heat has started to moderate down here in NC, it is still incredibly muggy. I am grateful that those horrible flies I call buzz-bombers (you know, the ones over 1" long) have yet to appear in great numbers.

Mia surprised me Friday. The jumps in the arena were being re-arranged, with various parts of jumps temporarily being stored just outside the fence. Every other… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on August 31, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Sweet Sweet Cider

This was a wonderful week. For the first time in three months I got to ride 3 times in one week!

I got to ride Mia twice at Debbie's, which was nice. Even though it was still hot on Friday I gave up ignoring Mia's hooves and hoping that what the farrier did would be enough to see her through. So I got out my rasp and hoof knife and started on her front feet, trimming the sole a little and evening out her hoof wall. Her back feet may have to wait a few weeks as I get stronger and better… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on August 24, 2009 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

I'm so tired

Well this week I got to ride Friday and Sunday on Mia and Mars. I did not get too tired from riding Mia, the poor mare was still sore from her last trim, very reluctant to extend, but being the Arab that she is she tried to do everything I asked for even though she hurt. So I practiced my jumping position at a walk, trotted some and worked on my leg position. I did not get terribly tired.

Then on Sunday I rode Mars. He is getting resigned to being ridden again, but I fear that it… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on August 17, 2009 at 11:30am — 8 Comments


Have you ever felt that things have been so mad and so enveloping that you just need to be a little reckless and go and have some fun?

Things have been pretty tough for me this year and over the last few months I have had one thing and another effect me and tire me out.

Things are pretty hard for most people any way so, to go and have every day life that the normal fit human would cope with can be pretty difficult for someone with a chronic illness or disability to cope… Continue

Added by Cat on August 12, 2009 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Reading Dusty Tomes of Horsemanship

I started reading non-fiction books about horses for about 47 years ago when I got my first serious horse book "Cavalcade of American Horses" by Pers Crowell. Since then I have been trying to read just about every non-fiction horse book I have run across. In 1963 I got access to books on HOW TO RIDE in my junior high school library and have been reading books on how to ride ever since. In high school I finally got access to two serious riding books, "Common Sense Horsemanship" by Littauer, and… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on August 10, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

I did not melt in the rain

This morning the ground was wet, so I looked at the TV weather and it looked like there would be a tiny gap with no rain, so I decided I would ride anyway. Shannon thought her ring would stand up to it as we are mainly riding at a walk now. I got to the stable, it had stopped raining, so we tacked up.

Mars was a little happier today, I changed to my dressage saddle, and Shannon… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on August 2, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Mars, my stern instructor

Today I got to ride Mars at Lanolin Farm. Since Shannon had gotten all her horses in the small paddock, Mars decided to cooperate, let himself be caught at the first try and did not make too many faces over being groomed and tacked up. Just think, Shannon did not have to convince a running, bucking and kicking pony that it was time to be ridden. Sounds good, doesn't it?

But when I got up on Mars's back he WAS NOT HAPPY. Reluctant to move forward, extremely reluctant to walk in a… Continue

Added by Jackie Cochran on July 26, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

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