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Kim’s Blog

Jun 2


We are all deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend Frances Youngblood on May 22, 2014. Frances was kind, generous and smart. She carried a special place in her heart for animals in need and it was her passion to help them. Frances found Luke Hill at TRF Montpelier. Luke couldn’t walk without […]


Sep 16

Unexpected side effect

Okay, yeah, I’m still going on and on about my Tad Coffin saddle, and you are probably sick of hearing about it, but I had to mention one completely unexpected side effect.  The three horses I am now riding exclusively in that saddle have become easy to bridle.  Not that they were ever really difficult […]


Sep 10

I do not need a horse. I do not need a horse.

Hey, remember I told you I got a horse back last month because he was “completely unsuitable for any discipline?”  Well, I took him off grain, threw him in a field and gave him a couple of buddies.  After a vetting to see if pain was the main cause of all bad attitude and disobedience […]


Sep 5

We solo’d!

Hey, Chick and Roy went out for solo trail rides today. I guess if I am gonna market a horse as a trail horse, I should see if it will actually go out on a trail, right?  Seemed like a plan, anyway. So, Chick was as bombproof as ever.  Nothing phases the guy, but…  It […]


Sep 2

Too hot to ride

96 degrees yesterday and today, with 70% humidity.  In fact, when I got up, it was 89% humidity.  At least it drops as the temp rises.   Poor horses were begging to come in.  So not a whole lot going on at the moment at the barn.  We are trying to get our labels printed and […]


Aug 26

Bailey got shoes

So, Mr. Bai got his first set of front shoes in three or four years.  Took him for a short spin in the field after that, and it went well.  Hacked him a bit on Montpelier today, and he still doesn’t need a babysitter.  I always rode him alone before and he was fine with […]


Aug 22

No longer new. Sigh.

I rode six horses in my new saddle today, and everything went fine.  I am still working on getting the padding right for each one, as I go from 15.2 hands to 17 hands, absolutely no topline or muscle to probably 200 pounds over weight and round as can be.  That, and I’ve only had […]


Aug 21

I almost forgot

  Here is a picture of my lovely new saddle on the beautiful saddle stand Dave had made for me (we love Dave).  I can drop the panels on both sides, and am supposed to keep saddle cleaning stuff in there.  But, I have to admit, I use it largely as a bar.  Hey!  Everybody’s […]


Aug 21

It’s mine all mine!

Yesterday Gerry and I went to Tad Coffin’s shop and picked up my wonderful, latest generation magic saddle!  And while I was tempted to go straight to the computer and blog something like, “You can have it when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers, bwa ha ha ha haaaaa!!!!” I thought perhaps it […]


Aug 19

New saddle!!!!

I am very excited!  I just got word I may be able to pick up my new Tad Coffin saddle tomorrow!  YES!  I can’t wait to start working these horses in their new sneakers.  I already know I like the saddle.  Did I ever tell you my Tad Coffin Saddle Story?  If I did, you […]


Aug 8

Terrific rides

I’ve had some pretty good rides on Tony, Smash and Chick recently.  I am pleased to report that not only have they all unanimously agreed that picking up reins does NOT mean break rider’s nose, they have found their balance, largely (especially Tony, who had a head start last year) and are doing lovely trot […]