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
Our focus today was on trot-canter-trot transitions and helping Jewel to stay soft and springy through them.
For those of you who know me “in real life” you know that this journey of mine with my beautiful mare has been a long one, with a very twisted, jagged path. It was never a straight line (in any direction) — especially not upwards, and many times not even forwards. However, as my fitness… Continue reading A Dressage Horse
In the past, I have had some pretty good show nerves. Nothing that made me puke, but I did have to watch what I ate for breakfast and be relatively close to bathroom if you catch my drift. So, since I would actually like to show my horse, I figured I ought to get some… Continue reading Unexpected Results
A little more than a year ago, Jewel sliced open the inside of her right front fetlock. Best we can figure, she cut it with her other front shoe. It was a long recovery process and while there hasn’t been heat for a long time, there is still visible scar tissue on the area (aka… Continue reading Facing Reality