Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a pony. Love, Me The short note I’d written Santa was placed back on my desk by Mrs. Oliver, my third-grade teacher. It had red pen notes from her all over that read: Why do you want a pony? How will you take care of it? Will… Continue reading Dear Santa – a short story
My eyes focused out toward the horizon as red and yellow lights danced across the water. The darkest part of the day is just before dawn, when everything is resting, quiet before the brink of day. The outside critters were snuggled in their burrows, the birds tucked down in their nests not a peep or… Continue reading Before Dawn
A soft thud rings in my ears, but I toss it aside to enjoy this moment. A slight breeze, the sweet fragrance, and the tall flowers tickling my toes as I ride my horse Clyde along a small path through the most beautiful sunflower fields I have ever seen. I pat my pocket and wish… Continue reading Horror Nights
Clyde Sponge in hand, I dipped it into the sink water and washed another dish, allowing my gaze to drift beyond the window, to the small grass field my three boys played in for so many years. Beyond that field and a small grove of trees sits our eight-stall horse barn where I spent most… Continue reading Pets In All Shapes and Sizes
Safety and Security Equals Accomplishment Before cantering, you would want to have the walk, trot, posting, and guiding down solid! Do you feel safe and secure with your riding? You will want to feel very centered, balanced, before asking for the canter. A whole lot can go wrong when cantering a horse. This is when… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 104
“Fame is a handsome palomino quarter horse of a creamy color with a white mane and tail, and he belongs to my mom. When I entered his corral this morning, his big head—with the big white blaze running down his face—was lowered down to my height. His lips almost touched the ground as he stared… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 103
Now that you are learning to be aware of your horse, this next checklist is crucial! The issue at hand is how do I correct myself in order to help my horse perform better? I think I mentioned in my book that Chablis Premier and I would typically get second in the qualifying class at… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 102
When I arrived at Crabtree Farms as a new student, Mrs. Crabtree started teaching me the basics. Yes, the basics. I was frustrated because I thought I already knew the basics by then, but after time, I realized how invaluable these lessons were. With this in mind, I decided to share my ‘checklists’ with you. I used these tools every day, with every lesson, and even when riding on my own. I feel they were important and key to my riding success.