Jennifer L.'s Blog (11)

Rules Horses Teach Us (According to Taylor)

I wrote a blog recently about some of the "rules" that horses teach us. These are meant to be funny, in a true way. I decided to update it with a new blog featuring more "rules" Taylor has taught me. I know every horse is different and may have their own "rules" you have to follow. I would love to hear yours so please post some in the comments section! :)

Rules Horses Teach Us (According to Taylor):

  1. If you are my owner and bring me treats (as you should always do), they…

Added by Jennifer L. on January 23, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Horse Book Review: War Horse

With all the hype and previews of the movie War Horse swirling around me, I was instantly curious about this story.  Any horse movie usually catches my attention, and I can't wait to see it.  Judging from the movie previews I decided that I should read the book first...just in case there were any very sad scenes I would be ready!  Truthfully, I needed to know if the horse died.  I don't tend to handle animals dying very well...ha.

This book written by Michael Morpurgo was a quick…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Horse Book Review: Greatness & Goodness: Barbaro & His Legacy

Barbaro was a Kentucky Derby winner that caught the hearts of thousands, and his story is beautifully told in "Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy."  Alex Brown had the privilege of being a part of both Barbaro's story and his legacy.  He gives firsthand accounts of stories about Barbaro from his birth to his untimely death.  This knowledge and perspective is what makes this book so…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Horse Book Review: Beyond the Homestretch

I recently read Lynn Reardon's book "Beyond the Homestretch: What Saving Racehorses Taught Me About Starting Over, Facing Fear, and Finding My Inner Cowgirl." I thought it was wonderful! In the book, Lynn details accounts of individual horses and their stories. I found the stories fascinating and heartworming. I loved meeting the horses and learning about each one's special personality. From the snake wrangler to the ranch manager, you will find each horse delightful. This book clearly…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Designs for your Favorite OTTB

Thanks to Natalie Keller Reinert and her wonderful blog Retired Racehorse I stumbled upon these wonderful saddle pads!  You can proudly display your horse is an OTTB every time you ride!  I ordered the white one and can't wait to get it!  I am hoping that they do other colors and keep adding to the collection.  They also will donate $5 to an OTTB charity.  Be sure to check them out!…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Taylor-Made Christmas

I hope everyone had a wonderful and merry Christmas!  Taylor definitely was a good boy as Santa left him a stocking full of treats and not coal!  (I guess he forgave the couple of times he's tried to kick me recently-ha!).  I have spent a lot of time bonding with Taylor...a LOT.  Before I started his training, I spent my time grooming him and sitting with him.  I still love it when we have the chance to just hang out together.  With that said, he can read me.  Somehow he just knows when I…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments


I brought Taylor to his new home at the end of June.  I am boarding him at a stable that has rolling hills, a nearby lake, and a pasture in a valley.  It's a beautiful place! 

Let's just say Taylor was not impressed in the beginning.  In fact, he was mad at me.  This summer has been brutally hot, and Taylor is not one that really enjoys the heat.  He is the horse you will always find in the shade, if he can find a patch.  Unfortunately, his transition pen at his new home didn't have…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

The Chosen Human

Taylor had been at Race Horse Reclaim Thoroughbred Rescue for a little over six months when I decided he was the one.  I had been volunteering for a few months so I was getting to know the horses and like any normal horse lover I loved them all.  However, my heart belonged to Taylor for he picked me as much as I picked him.  The first day I was there volunteering I was standing next to his pen watching…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Two Ears Pricked

There is nothing in this world like a horse excited to see you.




Those two ears pricked forward right at you.  A soft nicker of greeting.  A velvet muzzle thrust into your hands.  For me, these small actions just make my heart swell with joy and love.  I love to walk toward my OTTB (off-track Thoroughbred) and watch those ears prick forward and his head raise.  I'm sure he knows there will be a treat involved at some point but I'm going to say it's all…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

My New Exracehorse Taylor

This is a former post on my blogHoofbeats Return


Sorry I have been bad about blogging recently, but I have had a lot going on.  The most important of which was my recent adoption of an exracehorse named Taylor.  Talk about falling in love!  It may really have been a classic example of love at first sight.  I volunteer at an exracehorse rescue…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Rules Horses Teach Us

I recently received an email from a friend that contained some "rules" her horse has enforced. I enjoyed reading these so much I decided to share them. I know each horse has their own personality and may come up with their own rules for us, but there are some that will be the same across the board. These may fall into that category. I hope you enjoy them and feel free to post some of yours in the comments section!


Rules Horses Teach Us (According to Grace):

-Don’t come…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

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