Spring Break!

classic barn

Just when you thought you’d give up altogether if there’s just one more post with a pasture picture.

Here you go 🙂

horses shedding in spring

Couldn’t help it.

It’s not all that easy to get ridden pictures on your own, but you already know that.  Here’s what you get today –

Valiosa, before I butchered her mane again.  We’ve set a record for crazy mane cut now.  Poor thing.

long mane

The barn, late morning.

classic barn

It is spring break for my boys, so in a few days I’ll have some ridden pictures for you again.  It’s been a while!  We’ve continued to work on all the squiggly things.  Some are, possibly, less squiggly.

Valiosa has mysteriously improved her canter to where it’s now her best gait.  Not sure what happened to the trot.  The walk, just forget it.  Good times!

improving the canter

Got Barn Art?

rusty barn art a horse for elinor

Show me!

If you’ve got something interesting at the barn, something you’ve rigged up yourself, or maybe just something truly unique – I want to see it!  Small, handmade, half-broken, just a link to something found online that you like; doesn’t matter.

I always keep an eye out an any barn I ever visit.  There’s usually something special, sometimes in the most unexpected places.

To set the bar really low, I walked down to the barn I’m at and snapped some quick shots.  On a Red Theme.

stall art

rusty barn art a horse for elinor

barn sign

old barn sign

Comment with a link or make your own post – It’s all up to you what you call art!

bridles on wall

Tack Room Update

chandelier in the tack room

The tack room chandelier –

Had a few questions on how it turned out in the tack room.  (Dave, Rick, really?!)  So, without further ado, a little Tack Room Update.

The chandelier installed:

Because every tack room needs one
Because every tack room needs one

Original post here:  Tack Room Chandelier

I admit it, I don’t even know how to create a Blog Hop.

Seriously.  I’ve hopped up and down here on the couch several times, but it’s not working.  So.  Anyone, feel free to post your Tack Room for all to see – I would love to take a peek!


Washrack Platform To Prevent Mud

platform at the washrack prevent mud

What to do with that patch of mud by the water hose that always seem to look like this?

mud in the washrack

Here’s a little “How To” tip on preventing standing in mud every time you use the hose, without laying down gravel or concrete.

True to Dressage On A Dime, it costs next to nothing and is easy to make.  (Also true to most things I craft, it won’t have real staying power, but we’ll ignore that for now.)



  • 1 wood pallet
  • 1 piece of thickish plywood
  • Leftover paint, and stencils for lettering.


Nail plywood to pallet.  Paint in desired color.  Paint base in different, darker color that won’t show the mud/wood rot as fast.  Stencil barn name on top.  Preferably after base coat has dried.

Cover with two coats of clear top coat.  Also preferably after the stencil letters have dried.  Or, if you want to finish every project right now, immediately, because you’re super impatient – Use a hairdryer to dry stencil letters and avoid getting frustrating when it smears anyway.


Enjoy a mud free area to rinse bits and bell boots for at least a season or two.

Best if not pinned to Pinterest.



Good Morning Everybody!

side reins set low

Early morning is best.

Barn Early Morning

Even some of the flies are still sleeping then.

Golden stall fronts carry promise of a great day.  And a scorcher.

Magical morning light

Valiosa.  Doing her best to shed some pounds.

Good Morning
Magical morning minutes. You too, I hope.

With a lot of excitement coming up next weekend it’s nice to enjoy a quiet morning…

Horse Happy Hour!

We’ve moved!

horse arriving at new pasture

Update:  Valiosa getting settled in at her new barn.

Valiosa at new barn

A big change for everyone involved, as this is a barn with a lot of life, riders, and activity.  A new adventure!

Never a dull moment.

After a lovely summer full of puttering around in pasture, easy work in the heat, and nice trail rides, she’ll start some more serious riding with me in a few weeks.

But first, let’s spook and snort around in the new arena.  Reporting back soon with news on her and her new friends.

valiosa at new barn

Week three in training

Andalusian horses in cross ties


Some nice progress since the first few days.

Just really irritated looking and ready to go back out after her rinse here.  She’s coming around a bit in the arena now.  With such an easy workload, she’s not being overwhelmed in any way.  The tension is just within anyway – just her personality.

Here we are at the “backside” of the barn, the second row of stalls which is quieter, not used as much.  She was still on alert for the pigs, although they’ve moved outside by now.

The backside of the barn

A bit of trot in more areas of the arena, off and on the 20 meter in the middle.

Her main hurdle under saddle now is “stickiness”.  She simply gets stuck, not completely convinced she has to move forward for the leg.

Alexis has reassured me this is very “normal” with baby horses and to not pay too much attention to it, just continue on.

I’m convincing myself I’ll know just how to do that once home.

Valiosa, is convincing herself it’s actually pretty nice to hang out in the cross ties.  Together here with Cariñosa – better than alone of course.

Haning out with Carinosa

More pretty driving to the farm in Somerset ahead.  The oak trees are still bare, just a few more days.  Only 2-3 weeks left of winter…

Please rain!  It can’t be that the last rain we had a couple of weeks ago was the last until next October?

Latrobe Road