Still Not Well

long lining horse outdoors

A bit longer break than hoped for.

Who ever wishes for a long break, or a break at all, anyway ?

Tomorrow, day 14 of no riding, not counting that 1 st day with a half ride when she first started coughing.

horse peeking out from behind tree


Everything else with her is just right; perky, no nasal discharge at all now, and of course still no fever, or she would have had a complete workup by now.  (Some serious weight gain though…)  She’s had a few light workouts from the ground and she doesn’t cough at all at the walk or trot.

I think we’re at the end of it.  Maybe there’s a fox tail embedded and inflamed somewhere…  She just doesn’t seem sick at all.  Dental is scheduled mid week next week, so the vet can take a good look in there then, and a blood panel if things stay the same.

horse next to shady trees


A few fun days, just because it’s nice to hang out together,  with long lining, both indoors and out.

long lining horse outdoors

Of course she’s been a superstar.  Fumbling back there with equipment is just fine with her.

Answers to questions coming up next time! 🙂

Cavaletti Post

trotting over cavaletti

One of those cross training days.

Honestly, dragging out the cavaletti poles for the first time since she moved to this farm.  Making a commitment to do it again later this month, but then we’ll give it a rest for the summer.

trotting over ground poles

She remembered just fine how to do it.  Ridden too, no prob.

ground work with young horse to build strength

horse stepping too long over trot poles

Trying to take two at a time, too much work 🙂

trotting over cavaletti
Because, can you honestly say for sure that every ride is building up the horse? Never tearing it down?

I know I can’t. We don’t do the wonder-connection-all-the-time-every-time-with-only-positive-physical-benefits.  One day we’ll get there.  You too I hope!  Until then, she gets these strength building days occasionally.
distance for trot poles

Cross Training

play day with horse in arena

It didn’t go exactly as planned.

Thought she’d have a blast with this toddler tunnel.

play day with horse in arena

Instead it became the weirdest walking exercise.

walking horse over obstacles

Even the dogs at the barn thought it was a strange and nothing to play with.

We have a show planned for next month so maybe we should buckle down and focus on that.  Stop clowning around and wasting time 🙂 .  This time, she’ll go First Level Test 2.  Counter canter doesn’t sneak in until Test 3, so we should survive.

horse jumping over tunnel obstacle

It’s not necessary for the handler to jump too.  Who does that?!

Seriously, we’re going to practice All The Things for this showfocused.  (But first I have to get rid of this flu that has kept me on the couch for 4 days now!) With no distractions, so she can come in with the right mindset, settle in to work quickly, and pull it all off as easily as an Intro Level test.  (Right.)

No goofing off.

Just maybe some Horse-Jogging.  Yes, it’s a thing!

running with horses

Something different today.

jumping horse on lunge line

This is not going to be super exciting.

90% of average readers just clicked away.  Good.  You are not average.

Everyday barn pictures.  Just because I never really take time to take any.  Or post them.  So come along for a few!

Dark rainy day in the barn.

barn with high ceiling

Valiosa, disdaining the short cross ties.

sky lights in barn ceiling


hanging wet horse blankets to dry

Barn laundry.  If you were to confess, how many of you have ruined your laundry machine at home with horse blankets?  I may have.  Not admitting it.  Just, maybe it happened.

tumble drying horse blankets

Youngest new stallion in the barn, Jaleo DA with Alexis.

horse explosive on lunge line

young stallion saddle breaking

I built a quick jump for Valiosa.  It’s been a long time.  Just to see if she still thought it was fun…

building jumps in arena

She did!

jumping horse on lunge line

free jumping with young horse

dressage horse jumping small bounce

keeping dressage fun for the horse

The giant bounce jump:

variety in dressage work

It’s the weekend!  Go out and enjoy!

Nasty Friday The 13th

morning light in tack room

With gory picture.

Gorgeous start on the day.  Rain had stopped.  Silver Fog, my favorite, mostly because we’re above the fog-line and it’s so rare.

morning light in tack room
Tack room, early winter morning.

Valiosa did some pole work, and had a “winter cleanup” before getting a clean blanket.  It’s easy to do, even with cold water – just a bucket with some tea tree oil and a good splash of cheap liniment (it’s mostly rubbing alcohol which is good for cutting through grease) in the water.

Great for after a workout when they’re warmed throughout, to remove winter funk without having to bathe and dry.

Then Friday The 13th kicked in.

Lunged a horse with a history of pulling away.  He still lunged really beautifully, and calmly.  Until he didn’t.

Gory pick warning!



broken finger from lunge line
Now, it’s way more purple than this. And large.  Yes, broken.

Just a little dent, that’ll buff right out!

Yesterday I got the wedding ring cut.  😦  X-ray says a good size crack, with luck there’ll be a visit to an Orthopedic Surgeon this week.  (Or how about NOW, please?)


You’re in luck!  It’ll finally be a quiet period from me.

Although I’m hoping to announce something special later this week!

Until then, wanna help me put shoes on?

Starting To Look A Lot Like…

What, Easter?

We’ve got several days to go.  No stress here!

Play morning.  I know there’s been posts about jumping.  Seriously, she doesn’t do a lot of jumping.  At all. Sure, cleared 3.2 a few times, just to show her she could.

For now, occasional fun mornings with low gymnastics on the lunge.

Like this morning.

low gymnastics with dressage horse

She’ll jump with plenty of air anyway.


A bit of fun.  So the hooves don’t root themselves into the arena ground like doldrums trees.


After, rare for us, a walk outside the gate.


My favorite time in California.  Blink, and it’ll be over.


I said something about this horse not knowing how to jump…?

horse jumping from trot

Rambled about it some time ago.

How she’d just plow straight through even a half-foot tall single pole.  No kidding.  (Find it here:  Grey Mare don’t jump.)

Well.  No one showed up to teach it to her.  So we did it on our own.  🙂

Told her she wasn’t allowed to jump high.  She did it anyway.  Sassy.  Where’d she get that from?

horse next to barrel
– OMG! A barrel! I’m going to jump it!

Nope, no.  No you’re not.  It’s not what we do.  You don’t have the skills to do it, it could be harmful, and besides, it could confuse your training.

horse talk
– Oh yeah?! Just watch me! I go!

No, we do dressage, you’re a bit lazy, and some say you’re simply not built for it.  Besides, you don’t look the part.  And I’m not entirely convinced you know how to canter correctly.  Just stick to some circles and low-level stuff.

confused horse
– Um, what? It’s not for me?  But I thought I could do anything?

Hate to break it to you, but it’s not in your cards.  Besides, it builds all the wrong muscles.  And that harsh landing, argh, pounding straight down on the forehand!  It looks painful, and it twists the sacroiliac, and do it enough you’ll have an ugly Hunter’s Bump.

horse looking confused
– But… I want to be something too.  We can’t just have a little fun?  Besides, just WHO gets to make up all the rules?

Simple facts.  Accept your path, don’t monkey around.

horse learning to jump
– I don’t CARE. Look! I’m doing it!

Smokes, Wow you did it!  Wish you’d feel the same about, well, just trotting straight forward…

horse trotting on lunge line
– I told you so!!

OK, I think we should do some suppling work.  Or think classical.  Or walk slowly in a small circle while I limp backwards and almost topple over every fourth step.

horse speeding on lunge line when jumping
– Hey, I’ve been thinking about something by the way…

Doesn’t look like much thinking.

Horse rearing on lunge line
– I thought that maybe now, when you’re in a cast and feeling vulnerable and all….


horse bucking on lunge line
– I thought you should whip out the bareback pad and we’ll do some work together. What do you say?

I say you’ve lost it and need to move on, and this is a very awkward blog post.

horse galloping on lunge line
– Fine, whatevers. Now I go Faaaaast!
horse jumping from trot
– Weeeeh! Check me out, I did this from trot.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!