My mare Jewel is 20 this year. That is hard to believe. And for the first time this spring, she really showed her age coming out of the winter. She wasn’t thin, but she really lost her topline. While you could never see ribs, her loin muscles definitely vanished. Sigh. It is hard to admit… Continue reading Building the Topline
So…you have just picked up your first off-the track Thoroughbred (OTTB). What you do first really depends upon the horse. If he just came from the race track or a training facility, chances are he will need to go through a let down process. The “let down” process is akin to a detox. In… Continue reading Fresh From the Track: Ground Work
One of my favorite things about having the horses at home is being able to sneak out of my house at night and check on them. Some time after midnight last night, under the cover of a moonless dark sky speckled by stars, I slipped out of my house and to the paddock behind my… Continue reading 15 Seconds of Perfection
I can’t believe I just typed that title. Winter. Blech. Who wants it? Don’t get me wrong, I hate the heat, but I do understand why people move to San Diego. That being said, I’m thinking a lot more about what I need to do to prep the farm for winter time. We have a… Continue reading Prepping For Winter
A lot can happen in a year or so. Little did I realize when I wrote the last post (March 13, 2016) that almost a year from then, I would find the perfect horse property – my unicorn – and my husband and I would begin the process of buying it. We weren’t really so… Continue reading We Bought a Unicorn
Our focus today was on trot-canter-trot transitions and helping Jewel to stay soft and springy through them.
Ok, so the new year was a while ago. Heck, its actually daylight savings today, which means we’ve been in this new year for a while now. But that’s ok. I am excited (to the point of being a bit sick to my stomach about it) to officially say that I really want to earn… Continue reading New Year. New Goals.