To the untrained eye, it was a nondescript farm road. Straight half mile of gravel, bordered by woods and farm fields, a preamble to the woods and trails that lay beyond.
On a normal day, it was a corridor of quiet, a place where the rider warmed up her horse before tackling the trails. A transition from leaving day to day worries back at the barn to…Continue
Added by Cindy on November 7, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments
We finally did it - after a several year hiatus, and buying my (much too young for me) next endurance prospect, DB Hula Mayya, and waiting for her to mature and finish her training, we bit the bullet and entered and FINISHED our first endurance (well, just Limited Distance) ride. Eep! How did this happen?
Of course I didn't do…Continue
Added by Cindy on October 1, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments
The outdoor arena. It looked safe enough. The sand was soft and deep. What could go wrong?
But then, I was riding the 4 YEAR OLD. The very tall (15 hh for pete's sake!), very bendy, very agile, 4 YEAR OLD. The one that tossed me last fall and sent me to the ER. She's very mellow, very sweet, and actually very slow right now (a bit porky from the winter...), but that's not what's in my head. In my head, is the fresh memory of being fine one second, and the next hitting very…Continue
Let me tell you about my best friend.....
Gorgeous, refined, graceful and elegant don't even come close to describing her amazing beauty (so I humbly believe :))
Although some days, only a best friend can admire the beauty…Continue
Because this horse is TROTTING! If you read my last post, I talked about the long road my horse, Zoey, and I have been on since she rotated her coffin bones last summer. She's made slow progress, but slight progress. We tried a list of things - supplements, removing her from grass, changing farriers, bute, different boots, etc. All helped in small ways, until the last big piece in this complex… Continue
Added by Cindy on December 13, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Why does this horse look so sad? My 14 yr old horse Zoey, the prettiest, sweetest BEST horse in the world has had a rough year. Diagnosed with COPD (Heaves) in the early spring, then she got hit with a case of laminitis in April. She was improving from that, then one thing led to another, and she took a dive for the worse in August and ended up with a rotation of the coffin bone (2-4 degrees). Since then it's been a struggle. We've been trying… Continue
Another first for my new 4 yr old mare last weekend (pictured above). She had her first big girl camping trip! Only her 2nd time off the property she's known all her life as well, and I was very happy with how she did. More pics at http://www.my-endurance.net/photo/albums/1st-camping-trip We went to Greensfelder Park, which is the home of No Hands Roller Coaster Ride in St. Louis. It's got great hills (for us flatlanders :)), and the trails can handle… Continue
Added by Cindy on August 4, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments
A beautiful spring day, and despite all the rain we've had (and the resulting muddy trails...) I got to join one of my riding buddies for a stroll through the woods on Saturday. Here in SE Illinois, the wildflowers are peeking up, and it won't be long before teh redbuds and dogwoods will be blooming - yea! Here is a pic of my 3 yr old mare, Huley, sporting her… Continue
Nothing exciting on this particular ride. Rode my aging Zoey for a lovely ride through our woods where I board. Spring is knocking on our door, the grass is coming in, the deer are out...just a nice… Continue
Added by Cindy on March 21, 2009 at 8:22pm — No Comments
Rode the 3 yr old again tonight and we had another first to mark in the Baby Book, lol. I've only had her since December, so haven't done a whole lot of riding on her. Mostly its been on the weekends in lessons with the trainer or someone else present in case there's an episode I'm not equipped to handle, because you know, she's a 3 yr old (gasp!). But finally am confident enough with her that I don't need a babysitter...at least not when we're… Continue
Added by Cindy on March 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments