Arena Back Drops

cantering with seatbones out of the saddle

Staying at the “new” farm means not being able to see good friends at the “old.”

So many good days together out there, and I’ll miss Nancy, my friend and partner in crime, a lot.¬† Have a feeling we still have some adventures together, just need to come up with a plan ūüôā

Today, honoring the wonderful, enigmatic backdrop of the covered arena at Twisted Oak.  It is absolutely magical Рthe colors and vegetation forever changing with the seasons.  A treat and an honor to ride there.

I know the beauty can’t come through in the pictures enough (it wasn’t the focus at all when they were taken.) but it can look like a piece of art sometimes when you’re there.¬† The twisty trees, the droopy tiny branches, the shadows, the moss, and the different leaves throughout the year…

So here goes, pictures from several different months!  Ignore the riding, just look at how the colors change throughout the year!

September heat.

"Elinor Yee"


Late fall.

"Dressage On A Dime"



young horse trot

loose rein walk



Andalusian cross mare


Late winter.

starting to leg yield at quarter line


Cantering on loose rein


Spring time March.

posting trot

easter egg color breeches

"Elinor Yee"

"Elinor Yee"



warm up canter before jumping

horse cantering with high neck



canter with grey mare


The never-ending summer.   August.  So hot you can taste it.

riding a horse in a mist of dust

cantering with seatbones out of the saddle


Early fall in September.

inspiration for riding dressage when things are not going well


December again.

leg yield from centerline

creating a longer neck

Boys Filming At The Farm

boy with horse

Springbreak.  Boys came out to visit the farm.

The baby rabbits had grown up a lot in just a couple of months.  Bunny snuggling is always good.

holland lop bunnies and boys

Meeting the sheep and lambs that took over the stall for a few weeks, after the piglets moved out.

white lamb

Maybe not as snuggly.

boys feeding sheep

Gray mare likes this guy!

boy with horse

We had a good morning.  They promised to be good, not break anything, and take a lot of pictures.  Which they did Рmore or less focused.  Sometimes even of the horse.  Between macho selfies.

making a selfie

difficult taking pictures of horses

hard to take pictures in indoor arena

Plus pictures of grass and rocks.  And other pictures like this.

previewing pictures on camera

I really, really love my boys.They make me laugh every day!¬† Sure, they’re not all that great for video making yet.¬† Mostly because horses aren’t all that interesting to them.¬† Here’s their compilation – must view with sound ON.

Next up – some much better pictures from this schooling session!

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

Show Me Your Before & Afters!

Dressage On A Dime Elinor Yee

This is your chance to post on A Horse For Elinor!

Time to give back to readers through sharing posts from you on this site.  Read on!

Told you before – I’m a sucker for makeovers.

It’s just plain wonderful to see some improvement, of any kind, in the horses we work with, isn’t it?!

This blog started with La Prima, in need of a serious makeover.¬† Didn’t take very long and she bloomed…

La Prima, Castle Rock Farm

Check out this short list of links to quick makeovers on this blog:

I have another fun one for Valiosa this fall.¬† A great one –¬†and shorter, I PROMISE!¬† Won’t be until the end of November.¬† I’ll have to bribe my little photographer to come out…

But now it’s your turn – I want to see!

If you’ve posted a Horse Makeover, a Before & After, or just any horse¬†update with improvements worth celebratingcomment in the comment field with a link to your post and I will put it up here on

I know I’m not the only one who’d LOVE to see it!

Anything in the “before and after” department goes!¬† Posts featured here will go up on both A Horse For Elinor and on Facebook – A Horse For Elinor.¬† Join in the fun!

Thank you!