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About firnhyde

A disciple whom Jesus loved. Called to horsemanship, among other things, and an adoring spectator at God's own stableyard. Volunteer, Jersey breeder, occasional writer. Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. Luke 1:38

Training Horses Update

The five horsies in training have been ticking over quite nicely. In fact, for some of them, that’s probably an understatement. Emmy went from accepting tack to going on the lines quickly. During her first session on the long lines … Continue reading

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Training Horses Update

The four horsies in training have been ticking over quite nicely. In fact, for some of them, that’s probably an understatement. Emmy went from accepting tack to going on the lines quickly. During her first session on the long lines … Continue reading

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And Suddenly There Was Shoulder-In

By the end of last week, it was beginning to feel like things were starting to come together with Thunny and I. And by that I mean that the spastic chicken had finally developed the ability to let go of … Continue reading

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Fourways Training SJ and XC

I looked at my list of horses for this show and thought, “Six horses, six riders! What a lovely, relaxed show,” and then contemplated how six riders felt like about a million at SANESA this year. One does get used … Continue reading

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Storming

We need grass, desperately. But the grass was shrivelling up and dying, until this week. As prayer meetings were held in Parliament, my own little prayers were answered. This meant a slow week for lessons, but we managed to cram … Continue reading

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Gratitude and the Outside Rein

Today was our second lesson with Coach J, and I was nervous. Shocker. I had spent all week on poor longsuffering Thunder, trying to get the whole outside rein thing sorted out, and it just wasn’t working. I hoped Coach … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Heaven

Burnout is an ugly, hateful, soul-draining thing. If I could choose between anxiety and burnout, I’d choose anxiety. Every time. But sometimes this life takes everything I’ve got and requires me to spend myself well beyond my limits. I do … Continue reading

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