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catching up: winter

It's a long time since January 2008, when I made the New Year's Resolution to do something new and different with my horse at least once each month during the year. I did pretty well, too (except for November, which was sort of a non-month, anyhow)...and then yesterday I realized that (duh) IT'S DECEMBER AND I HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING. And then I looked around. Snow is downright uncommon here in the Pacific Northwest, and if we get some it's usually… Continue

Added by Aarene Storms on December 20, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Catching up: Spring and Summer

Somehow, I've quite fallen quite behind on these entries...probably because I'm having more fun having fun than writing about having fun.

Yes, that sentence made sense.

When last we saw our green standardbred mare, she was NOT attending the Milwaukee Rail Trail Ride in Ellensburg WA. The ride is a good one, but not a good choice for a green horse who uses wide…

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Added by Aarene Storms on July 16, 2008 at 9:20pm — No Comments

How to have fun without bringing your horse to camp

Four members of the Pirate Nation took the dinghy SS Jeep over the mountains this weekend to help out at the Milwaukee Railroad Trail ride in Ellensburg, WA. Ride manager (and fellow-Pirate) Gail Williams put together another good early-season ride--a challenging task in the Pacific Northwest, and a terrific opportunity for me to have fun.

As a pulser-and-generally-helpful-person for the day,…

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Added by Aarene Storms on April 27, 2008 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Only in Canada, Eh?



The goal was to break the egg.

That was the point of that game: race to the middle of the arena, break the egg, and race back "home."



Who knew that eggs could be so elusive? We stomped, and scraped, and backed, scooted forward, and swung sideways, with riders trying like crazy to break that dang shell, and horses carefully placing…

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Added by Aarene Storms on April 6, 2008 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Pirates at Home on the Range!



Now it's official: I've ridden *all* the distances at Home on the Range!



I've ridden the 25 (twice), the 50 (four times), and the 75 (twice)....and now the trail ride!



Ride manager Gail Williams and her friends did the usual weather dances and managed to deliver a mostly-gorgeous day on the trails, especially for the five of us who spent 11 beautiful miles on the blue loop.



Fiddle did great--stepped off…
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Added by Aarene Storms on March 30, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Full Circle

More than a year ago, I made the difficult decision to euthenize my beloved Standardbred mare, Story.

Less than a week later, I got a phone call from the Standardbred rescue agency:

"We heard about Story, we're so sorry, you were really brave...." (blah blah blah blah) ....We can't help noticing that you've got an empty stall."

It…

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Added by Aarene Storms on March 27, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Trail of the Amazing Lingerie Bird

On the sunniest day of the year thus far, Fiddle and I went with a bunch of Backcountry Horse friends for a leisurely stroll up in the hills above Fall City, WA.

We saw herons, cormorants, gulls, and lots of woodland birds as well...but we never saw the unusual Lingerie Bird, which apparently lives in the woods beside the trail.

We did see plenty of nesting material, however:…

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Added by Aarene Storms on February 28, 2008 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

My horse is SOMEWHERE under all that mud

My horse IS under all that mud, somewhere. I know she is, because sometimes a chunk of mud breaks off and it's got brown hair stuck to it. And I'm pretty sure that Fiddle is, uh, brown.

We have a lesson planned for this week with a new instructor, and she'll get shoes next week. Then we'll really be smokin'. Okay, not really.

The goal this year is to have…

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Added by Aarene Storms on February 6, 2008 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Lift foot, touch ducky!



Fiddle is now offering to lift all four feet whenever she suspects that I've got a cookie somewhere on my person. Today we worked on combining the foot lift/target touch with verbal commands.



Towards the end of the session, I started asking her to pick up the each foot and holding it up by herself...but by then, Jim was nearly frozen so he took the camera and went to sit in the car! …





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Added by Aarene Storms on January 5, 2008 at 11:38pm — 1 Comment

New Year's Resolution

My 2008 resolution is this:

Spend time with my horse learning or teaching something new at least once each month of the year.

On New Year's Day, we began with New Thing for January: trick-training.

Since Fiddle is tall and I am not (see photo), I decided that the trick I'd focus on would be lie down so I can get on. So that is the goal...but not the starting point. The trick is broken down into…

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Added by Aarene Storms on January 2, 2008 at 9:39pm — 1 Comment

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