Finally and at last, the ice on the pond has thawed and birds have returned. It’s our spring break.
My elderly, domestic ducks waddle off to the pond with a very officious gait, business-like in their bathing. They quack around with wild ducks, exchanging opinions. Mine are easy to tell apart, they swim much lower in the water and act like they own the place. They return to the yard in late afternoon for dinner- the old gelding shares his with them. It has been a long,…Continue
Riders know this lesson; if you get bucked off you have to climb back on. That’s the rule. Horse or rider are better for it. They say that the hardest thing about riding is hitting the ground (sigh) but I disagree. The recovery is often more challenging.
I think we are afraid of what we know- more than the unknown. Experience makes it personal. Once we have…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on March 18, 2011 at 8:37am — No Comments
It’s generally considered good manners in the barn to graciously take the blame anytime your horse is less than spectacular, and give your horse all the credit after a good ride. But it is more than manners, it is also a rider’s responsibility.…Continue
The head of the herd at Infinity Farm is the kind of horse you might call Grandfather- with reverence. He was a flashy something in his day; what he lacked in confidence he made up for with bravado. We made a pair and a quarter century later, we have both softened and matured with age. He rules the ranch, from the ducks (he shares his grain with them) on up. Not all barns are as…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on March 4, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments