December 2016 Blog Posts (12)

Life Hacks we can learn from horses

Life Hacks we can learn from horses

by Linda Finstad

Acknowledging horses as great teachers is nothing new.

Anyone who learned to ride on a pony will eagerly relay all the life lessons they learned from that experience.  Lessons in patience, determination, how to fall and roll and humility.…

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Added by Linda Finstad on December 31, 2016 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

Remembrance: Someone’s Always Dying

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It’s that weird week between the holidays. I never know what day it is so I mess up scheduling around Christmas, only to follow through and mess up the same exact way one week later for New Years. Squinting at the calendar doesn’t help…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 30, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

So you want to write a horse book?

Why write a Horse book?

For myself, the question should be “Why Not write a horse book” 

For the best part of my life horses have filled my thoughts, dreams and…

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Added by Linda Finstad on December 28, 2016 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

The Politics of Holiday Pie

Inconceivable: I’m going to share my pie recipe. I’ll pause and give my friends time to pick themselves up. They know this sort of thing could go either way.

There was that time years ago, that I had a date over for dinner. We hadn’t known each other long and I always want to get off on the right foot. We were sipping wine…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 26, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

I am Riding Mia Again!

I am Riding Mia Again!

When I stopped riding Mia three months ago, she was not pleased with the way that my new saddle and pad combination was working on her back.  She “muttered” under her breath that she was too old to put up with such shenanigans, that the shifting saddle was just TOO IRRITATING, and that she would appreciate me not riding her until I figured out how to keep the saddle stable.  So I worked on figuring out how to stabilize the saddle on Bingo and Cider, and when I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 24, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

Retraining a Less Than Ideal Horse in a Riding School

Retraining a Less Than Ideal Horse in a Riding School

Winter has arrived here in NC, and due to the cold, or the rain, I’ve been able to ride only twice since my last post, both times on Bingo.

Debbie had to start using Bingo with other riders because she had run out of other horses to mount her students.  She actually sort of apologized to me for putting other people up on him while I retrain him but I just shrugged it off, he is a horse at a riding school, of course other…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 17, 2016 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Negotiating; Not Fighting



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It was last spring when this ancient donkey came to the farm. In the beginning, we thought she might not make it. Nobody likes change but we couldn’t tell if it was a hunger strike or her organs shutting down.

Then she nibbled and…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 17, 2016 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Riding a Suspension… of Disbelief



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Some of us are okay with who we are in the saddle. We don’t question the ride, or if we do, we put it on the horse and he’s fine with that. It is what it is, and it works for lots of horses and…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 17, 2016 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Negotiating; Not Fighting.





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It was last spring when this ancient donkey came to the farm. In the beginning, we thought she might not make it. Nobody likes change but…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 9, 2016 at 9:45am — No Comments

Slow Feeding for Ulcer Prevention

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Added by Texas Haynet on December 8, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

Maybe I Finally Got the Shims Right with Bingo

Maybe I Finally Got the Shims Right with Bingo

This week I finally came to the realization that, at least on horses with the croup high &/or sway back conformation, the key to getting my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle working correctly, is to shim my pad correctly.  I also established that when I made my stirrup leathers uneven (to reflect that my right leg is shorter than my left leg), my seat stays centered in the saddle without much extra work on my part.

Last Sunday I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 3, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Mental Focus Means Not Trying Too Hard





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My friend and I took yoga while we were in high school. It was 1971 or so, and I can’t remember if the group met in a church…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 2, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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