Best Way To Get Over A Bad Ride

So, there was a sucky ride.

Just really, horribly, bad. No serious trouble, but, dressage it was not.

Who else here need to put themselves in trance to ride well?..  Without full attention to everything, schooling with Miss Gray goes to pits.  Frustrating.

It was one of those rides where nothing ever really got better. She was tense. Not spooky, ever. Just tense. We never followed each other, and it just felt so worthless.

grazing horse while riding
Our only good move.

There’ll be rides like this. Where all the sacrifices, money, and time spent driving feels completely wasted.  And we start to wonder if it’s really truly worth it all.  (Is it, really?)


Now, the best way to get over a bad ride:

Just come to terms with that Every Ride Is Not Going To Be Great.

Not for you.  Not for everyone else.

Everybody knows that.  Sure.  Just stings when we have to face up to it.  Right?  Just get in a cool-down, and move on.  Next time out will be SO much better!


Really. Not every ride is going to be great…

staying positive when training is not going well

Switching Pace

That was a lot of “Short Read” Posts.

Because time has been.  Short.

Barn commute, still 2 hours out and back.

I’ve upped the long distance running a bit.  Still putting in hours at this beautiful breeding and training farm.  And riding Miss Dissatisfaction.

riding happy horse

And, taken on a second job.

That last one is the clincher.

Things have been happy, just much too busy.  Tiny amount of time left for writing.  But with you readers being so fantastic and checking in on us so often, of course you’ll get more updates on what we’re doing his fall!!

Just don’t hold your breath 🙂  .

Breathing.  Who’s got time for that?


Oh, and Dice says – “Hi!”  He still gets his outings.  I think we’re both a little addicted to Redwood trees.

hiking with dalmatian dogs

Questions Answered

It’s always fun to have readers ask stuff about the blog.

Somehow my dog keeps coming up – yes, I have a Dalmatian!

His name is Dice, he’s 5 1/2 years old.  The best runner ever, but comically a real dud when it comes to lenghty swimming.

And yes, he comes to the barn all day every day, and usually runs or bikes with me before or after too.

dalmatian male
The arena pipe rail supervisor

Actually we have two Dalmatians, although our older female stays home instead of roughing it at the barn all day.

Dice is our 3rd Dal, or 4th really, counting the first foster.  Through so many years of Dalmatian-living, we’ve adapted to their special ways…

So, Dalmatian Diehards, is this good, or should I add quick picture gallery of him too? 🙂

Dog Days Of Summer

Many, many weeks of summer fun ahead.

Valiosa will have several extra rest days during the next 10 weeks.  She will turn 5.  And she will enter her first rated show.  In the middle of all that extra resting.

Enough to make the pilot choke.  But possibly enough to increase the Impulsion score.

Happy Memorial Day every one!  Hope your summer is starting out great!

Happy Memorial Day

I’m looking forward to spending even more time with my quirky boys.  They are funny, make me laugh out loud every day, and I’m privileged to have them.

Our dog is also looking forward to more crazy adventures.

Hands down the best dog

Although he won’t get to go on the 5 day backpacking trip to Yosemite.

I hope this summer will have Valiosa sniffing at 1st Level.  Maybe she can.  As long as we have enough saddle time.

Don’t know about you, but a show is sort of great motivation to keep it going through all those long months of sticky summer riding…

Dressage On A Dime

I’m Sorry, Real Life Friends

I’m still here.

Just in chase you’re checking in here on the blog to see what happened, wondering why it’s been so quiet.

It’s been a bit hectic for many weeks.  You have not been forgotten!  Some extra hours at the barn.  And then all the fun Christmas stuff.  I’m sure you’re just as busy too (Just not getting the horse-addiction thing.)

Even Dice got in the spirits, selling chocolate with the Boy Scouts.



Very serious business for him.

I’ve promised Nancy to keep her horses in shape during her long surgery recovery.


So we ride.  (Yey, more riding!)  Here’s Gandolf.

Gandolf November

Misty, she’s not as forward.  Here she is in hindsight.  Always easy.

Mistys Tail

(It’s always easy to know just what to do in hindsight, isn’t it?)

She has more tail than two horses combined!

When things settle down a little over here after January, I’d love to come and see you.  Until then, I’ll be at the barn!  (What’s not to love about that!)