Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Hype About Size

We’ve all seen it: For sale, 14.3hh three-year-old, will mature to 16hh. Even if there was some secret formula that you could give a horse to make it grow more than a hand after its third year, you probably still … Continue reading

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Epiphany

Yesterday, I saddled Magic up and hit the arena for some schooling, with one goal in mind: FORWARD. Lately, he’s been basically a pain, refusing to respond to my leg and pulling on my hands all at the same time. Normally, … Continue reading

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Pole Work, or, The Progress of Arwen’s Tummy

Arwen is a daisycutter. Before my non-equestrian readers’ imaginations go wild, let me define that term: “daisycutter” is an informal word for a horse that doesn’t pick up its feet when it moves, dragging its toes instead. With bad ones … Continue reading

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President’s Park XC Schooling

Those readers who remember my post back in April where I decided to give eventing a go must by now have despaired of my ever trying it, since I’ve just been blogging about showjumping, Western and dressage ever since. Fortunately, I … Continue reading

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On Confidence and Talent

“Great horses are not often easy horses. They have big egos and idiosyncrasies and quirks and foibles. Horses of a lifetime do exist, but only for riders so skillful, tactful and courageous that they can unlock and then reveal the … Continue reading

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We Freeze and Arwen Gallops

You know that post I did some time back about how winter was coming? Well, I hadn’t seen nothin’ yet. Somehow, winter always surprises me with its savageness. And as much as I welcome the frost (kills the bugs, you … Continue reading

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Hope Riding Training Show Recap – Part III: The Dressage

Photos by Monique Bernic Photography After the jumping, we had about three hours’ break until the dressage, so I unsaddled Arwen and took her back down to the box. I’ve heard that horses load more easily when they see the … Continue reading

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