Standing at the end of the second year of Morning Star Stables, I look back with inexpressible awe, joy, and wonder at what my God has done. I have never been so tired or so aware of my limitations. I’ve never worked so hard and yet been so aware that it’s not going to be […]Read More Love Lit the Way
Trot-canter and walk-canter transitions have long been weak points for us. Mostly because I never developed the canter quality early on, and never prepared or rode the transitions in balance and self-carriage right at the start. I learned to see a canter lead on this horse, and to get the one I wanted – which […]Read More This Week in Dressage: Walk to Canter
… and I kinda forgot to write about it. Two Sundays ago, a little spur-of-the-moment, we threw Vastrap and Jamaica into VT’s kid’s dad’s horsebox and went to Fourways. VT’s kid wanted practice for Finals, and I had to be there anyway so I figured I may as well ride. Jamaica had had the whole […]Read More So There Was This Training Show…
Yesterday I didn’t even realise what day it was until I discovered that, despite being as single as they come, I have a Valentine. He is all of seven years old, but he brought me chocolate. Thus, he wins. On a more serious note, I was back at Winstead facing my demons. I really love […]Read More Valentines and Big Horses
Monday it rained all day and all night long in a steady, quiet deluge that soaked right down into the earth. After a day’s sunshine, we’ll be able to hear the grass growing. The fields were thrilled. The lunge ring, not so much. Even the grass arena, which is usually OK, was a mud bath. […]Read More Wet.
Despite an ominous start on Friday evening, beginning with Exavior rearing repeatedly as I tried to bath him and ending at about 10:00pm after driving up and down and half the horses escaping their stables, Pre-HOY was amazing. I suspect it was amazing because it started so badly that I immediately realised I was not […]Read More Pre-HOY rocked!
Today was spa day for six of the Horde. I’m very into having chiro done at least once a year where I can; it’s not always financially practical for broodmares and sale ponies, but the competing horses, schoolies or anything with a problem needs doing. Today’s lineup started with Starlight. She has been girthy since […]Read More Chiro Visit