To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Under new ownership

Maybe I should hang a sign on Larry's stall door!

Larry is still here and I still get to enjoy him, along with his new owner. She came down today to get better acquainted. She and Larry are going to make a great team. :-)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Smashing another misconception

Do mules "do" dressage? Yes!

Isn't he lovely? I'd happily take one just like him – or his pretty sister, who I saw at a schooling show in March.

Click here for an article on Porter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Putting to rest a myth

I have heard all my life that zebras aren't trainable. I've asked "Why?" without hearing a good answer, but I only very rarely saw anyone refuting this – until now.

Today I read about a gal who realized that if zebras can't learn, they'd be extinct. So she set out to train zebras – and does amazing things with them. Check it out!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

...NOT gone

A week ago I thought Larry would be leaving today. But I just got done schooling him and there he is, still gracing my pasture!

Although money and paperwork have not changed hands yet, it does look like he will have a new owner soon. And that owner-to-be has asked if I would be willing to keep Larry here for awhile longer, continue his training and give her some lessons on him to ease their transition. I'm open to that if we can work out an agreement. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Going, going . . . .

An offer has been made and accepted on Larry. Rick will be doing the pre-purchase exam – probably tomorrow as I have jury duty selection on Tuesday and don't know what my schedule will be after that. With Larry's departure looking imminent, I am reminding myself of all that I have to be thankful for – the pleasant privilege of working with this horse for awhile, the chance to earn some money to help cover unexpected expenses, the good home it appears Larry will have.

Once Larry leaves, I am thinking of hanging out my shingle, so to speak, letting it be known that I am willing to take in a horse for board and training. Since my commission on Larry is needed elsewhere, I still have no money to buy a horse, so I might as well see if I can earn some more by doing what I love!