New Beginning In

NewBook’s new beginning has now been approved by two different first-readers (and many thanks to both of them!!!)  so Chapter 1 is now anchoring one end of the book and the Good Ending (which has no chapter number as yet because things are still fluid in the last third  and I need *uninterrupted* working sessions Read More…

Ride 39: Busy Day, Rode Rags Anyway

Following the good news at the vet’s, I planned of course to ride as soon as the horses had had their day or two off to recover from all those shots and the dental work.  Next day, Tuesday, I had a trip to the dentist’s and didn’t feel like riding.  Besides, they were both obviously Read More…

Vet Trip: Good News For Tigger

Tigger went in for regular immunizations, Coggins test (for Equine Infectious Anemia, annual test required federally), dental work (“floating”…actually means grinding teeth down…more on that later) , and a lameness exam.   I also wanted to talk to the vet about his change in behavior in the last six months.  Rags went in for the same Read More…

Ride 38: Rags Remains Unconvinced

My plan for the week was to ride Rags after the rain passed, if it wasn’t too muddy…however, the little norther came howling in dry and far too blustery for a ride Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday was another attack of gut trouble.  So today I got back on him when not feeling quite Read More…

Ride 37: Rags Tries It On…Nappy Sunday

I don’t know why the English (and Scots & Irish) call “wanting to turn back” or stopping at a fence napping, but they do.  Rags has not previously been really bad about that, but today…today he was *determined* to turn back and we had several tussles that involved stopping, whirling around to try for it, Read More…

Ride 36: More Than Two Miles in 35 Minutes.

Rags is developing into a teenager horse in some ways.  Megan Elphick, whose YouTube channel I visit regularly, commented on training horses that they go through a stage when they begin to think they know how to do stuff and the rider is superfluous except as a passenger.  They’ve learned some basic dressage, and they’ve Read More…

Odds & Ends

Several red oaks in the back yard, covered with flower tassels and releasing LOTS of golden pollen, now have tiny reddish-beige leaves, all furry and pleated tightly.   The youngest bur oak (not up to my waist yet) has popped some buds.  The cedar elms (Ulmus crassifolia) in the Near Meadow (and elsewhere) are in a Read More…

Ride 35: A Perfect Evening Ride

Today was a lovely day, clear, cooler than it has been (though quite warm in the sun in the afternoon until about 4pm, not stifling) and with just enough breeze.   Yesterday, I’d gotten a new pair of riding tights, summer-weight, ordered last week.  They’re a style recommended by one of the staff at the Dover Read More…

Ride 33: Testing Late Afternoon Temps

Daylight Savings Time creates real difficulties for those who need training/riding schedules to mesh with open hours for other businesses at a distance.   It shifts the hours of useful light toward after-5pm, and removes those hours from before 8am, making mornings darker and evenings lighter.  Actual day-length changes only in response to the yearly circuit, Read More…