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A trot down memory lane

A trot down memory lane

They say that those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. As midlife riders who have been out of the saddle for a while, we’re more likely to wish we could repeat it! How is it that the carefree (and pain-free) days of riding as a teen have morphed...

Welcome to the Horsey Life

Welcome to the Horsey Life

Welcome to the Horsey Life My goal in creating this blog is to share some of the knowledge (and wisdom) I’ve gathered over the past half-century or so of my own horsey life. Think of this as you’re home away from the barn.. A place to learn, and laugh, and grow. A...

3 Reasons to Stop Chasing Perfect with Your Horse

3 Reasons to Stop Chasing Perfect with Your Horse

We all want to do our best with our horses. Whether we trail ride for relaxation, compete at schooling shows, or hit the big circuit, we want to do what's right by our equine partners. And this is a good thing. The trouble creeps in when we're so busy striving for...

Away in a manger

Away in a manger

It's that time of year again - although I don't need to remind any of you who have children, or who watch television, or who shop; (although, since the Christmas decorations debuted sometime before the Halloween candy went on half-price, it's getting harder to tell...

When hope arises from the mud and darkness…

When hope arises from the mud and darkness…

December is not my favorite month. Neither is January. Or February, for that matter, despite it being my birthday month. (Possibly in part because it's my birthday month...) Why do all of these months fall to the bottom of my "most loved months of the year" list?...

You are here. Now BE here.

You are here. Now BE here.

Today, I'm going to continue to rant  preach talk to you a bit more about mindfulness. If it seems like I'm ranting preaching talking about this topic a lot, it's because I feel it's one of the most important concepts I cover on the Horsey Life. Everything you do,...

Yes, I’m going to talk about… the “M” word

Yes, I’m going to talk about… the “M” word

"M" word? Mindfulness? Good one, but not quite. Well, you can't mean that "M" word!! No, this isn't that kind of blog. The "M" word in question is..... Meditation Yup - I said it. I just rolled out the woo-woo, hippie, New-Agey word. The word of saffron robes and...

What (Horse) Stories Are You Telling Yourself?

What (Horse) Stories Are You Telling Yourself?

Black Beauty, Afraid to Ride, The Black Stallion Books - most of us grew up with our favorite horse stories. Whether we were riding The Black with Alex, or wishing we could have a pony just like Merrylegs, horses held a magical place in our hearts and minds. I think I...