From Moshi

January 26, 2016 by      0 Comments

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The other day I was sleeping in the sun when Jane showed up to ride. I didn't feel like working, so I closed my eyes and pretended I was asleep. I was a bit grumpy when she started brushing me while I was lying there trying to ignore her. But before long I was awake and found myself enjoying the terrific rubdown with her rubber curry brush. Jane … Read more »

From Indy

January 26, 2016 by      0 Comments

inday_issue98

Rhett got me a new ball! It's a bright blue bouncy thing, that's totally unpredictable because it isn't really round. Sometimes it bounces left, and sometimes it bounces right. Not knowing which way it's going to go when it hits the ground makes it really fun because it requires that I think fast and be quick on my feet. Chance and I were … Read more »

From Indy

January 13, 2016 by      0 Comments

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I miss Geoffrey. I'm so bummed that he got banned from the barn. But he refused to behave, so he's never going to be allowed back. That's the extreme result of violating boundaries. Moshi and I are very different. I love to snuggle and be close to people. Moshi is much more independent and does not like people pawing at him just to stroke him … Read more »

From Moshi

January 13, 2016 by      0 Comments

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At my barn the white dressage arena fence is about twelve inches high. Around that is a taller fence, about five feet high. Around the perimeter of the property is a dog proof mesh fence that's six feet high! Wow...That's a lot of boundaries! There's a saying, that strong fences make good neighbors. This is true figuratively as well as … Read more »

From Moshi

December 22, 2015 by      0 Comments

moshi_issue96

Sometimes our biggest challenges become our greatest successes. As a Friesian, I'm not built for a good canter. My breed was bred for a fancy trot to elegantly and smartly pull buggies and carts. But with determination and proper training, I was able to develop an amazing canter! My ability to do superb one tempis is one of my proudest … Read more »

From Indy

December 22, 2015 by      0 Comments

inday_issue96

I saw an alligator today! YIKES! It was the strangest thing I've ever seen! It was about two feet long, with lots and lots of ugly teeth. It had crawled out of the canal to sun itself on the path that went around the neighborhood. Oh my.. I was scared to death! It was so crazy looking! It looked like a monster! Jane didn't seem scared of it at … Read more »

How to Test for Poll Suppleness

December 22, 2015 by      1 Comments

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First loosen the poll by doing what I call +1/-1. Position your horse’s face so you see the left eye and then see the right eye. Do not move your fingers to wiggle on the bit. If you do, you’ll just flex the jaw. Instead, turn your entire wrist as if you’re locking or unlocking a door. As you turn your wrist, bring your baby finger a bit closer … Read more »

From Indy

December 8, 2015 by      0 Comments

Geoffrey got banned from the barn. I'm so sad! He was being really aggressive with the other dogs, and refused to behave. After several warnings, the barn manager told him his behavior had become too disruptive and he was no longer welcome. I really miss him! I've always known Geoffrey was a trouble maker, but that's one of the reasons I enjoyed … Read more »

From Moshi

December 8, 2015 by      0 Comments

moshi_issue95

Being different can be tough. While on one hand we all want to stand out and be unique, we also are programmed by our very nature to want to fit in. We want to belong. If you're different than the crowd, sometimes you can feel left out or "wrong." I have a good friend in Tennessee who shared his experience in being different. You see, Chester … Read more »

From Indy

November 24, 2015 by      0 Comments

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I want to be a bronco. I want to buck and kick and wildly throw cowboys off my back. Jane says I'm too small to be a bucking bronco, but that doesn't stop my desire. I really want to be in a rodeo and show how powerful I am!! Jane is big on doing everything we can to fulfill our dreams, no matter what they are. She told a friend about my desire … Read more »