Last Saturday I took Kitty down to the public arena for the first local OPA Riders Gymkhana Show of the season. I was pretty hesitant about bringing Kitty to the show. She had been to one prior the year before, but only as an observer. Since that show, Kitty has had some limited time down … Continue reading Kitty’s First Gymkhana
I have a love hate relationship with the rain. As a So-Cal girl I love the rain. I love the rain because admittedly, we don’t get to experience it very often, we need it, and it’s a nice change of scenery. I love what the rain does to the landscape and the hills. I love … Continue reading My Love Hate Relationship
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Sometimes, I wonder if this saying would be better asked, “should you teach an old dog new tricks?” Or in my case an old horse. For the past few years I’ve been struggling with the fact that Bee is no longer in her prime. Her attitude and … Continue reading Old Horse, New Tricks?
Why am I rushing? I had a serious reflective moment about that question the other day at the barn. Why am I rushing? Why am I trying to cram working both horses into every day? Obviously getting horses out and moving everyday is a great idea. What isn’t so great is rushing through one horse … Continue reading Taking My Time
“Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are.” ~Old English Proverb Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to notice some of my own past mistakes slowly creeping up on me, manifesting themselves as “bad” behavior in my horses. Then I remembered the old saying quoted above, which served as a … Continue reading Back to Basics: Fixing Mistakes
As I’ve been focusing much more on my trail riding as Bee has gotten older and Kitty is starting to learn, I decided it might be nice to get myself a pair of mecate reins. Mecate reins are designed to help younger horses respond to lighter contact, and were originally made from horsehair, but today, … Continue reading DIY Mecate Reins