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03 Dec News | 2 comments

Something to say!

Finally, I have something fun to tell you all, rather than just complaining about the weather (although it was supposed to be 60 degrees, and instead it is cold, grey and windy).  Nancy Lowey came and gave me a lesson today!  I brought out Smash, because I need to get a video of him and […]

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26 Nov News | 1 comment

Winter has arrived

Monday was seventy degrees.  Today it is snowing.  And I thought Massachusetts weather was unpredictable.  This is just wild.  As soon as Ron gets the tractor fixed, I guess we’ve got to start putting out hay. Monday we also did the fall herd evaluation.  It went well, and everyone got a good score.  Hooray! The […]

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12 Nov News | 1 comment

Flash has soloed!

Actually, I just popped into the office to update my foot list (who was trimmed/shod) and to look for my sunglasses (found ‘em), but since I am here I will give you an update. Flash did his first solo trip around Montpelier!  I am so proud of him.  It has taken awhile, but he finally […]

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05 Nov News | 1 comment

Survived the races!

Yep, I know I haven’t been online in a while. I do try to avoid all uses of the computer and internet that I can.  However, here I am, checking in.  Last Saturday was the first plein air painting event to support the TRF at Montpelier at the Montpelier races.  I don’t have numbers, but […]

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08 Oct News | Comments

Report: all well!

I did take Flash to the Mary Schwentker clinic Saturday.  This is the third time I have taken a green horse to her clinic, because I love the way she starts at zero, and can modify her approach, moving as quickly (or not) as the horse and rider need so that everyone leaves with a […]

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29 Sep News | Comments

Got rained out

Not that I am going to complain today.  We really did need it.  It has been so dry I actually tossed round bales in the fields two months early.  The horses aren’t very interested yet, but at least it’s there.  But it means I am stuck in the office. I’ve got four horses on the […]

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Chicasawatchie

  “Chick” is my elder statesman, and the barn favorite.  He’s 20, but about as bombproof on trails as I am willing to bet.  He seems to be strictly a walk trot man, mostly of his own choosing.  In the field he will gallop with the best of them.  Under saddle, he likes things slooow.  He […]

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Smashing Example

15.2 Brown gelding, 9 years old.  He is fun on trails and while still a work in process, has jumped small things and can walk trot canter without getting himself all worried.  I have taken him to one hunter pace, and while he was predictably nervous and jiggy at first, he finished very confidently, jumping several […]

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16 Sep News | Comments

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 […]

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10 Sep News | Comments

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 […]

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