From Moshi

September 8, 2020 by  

I ran into an old friend at a horse show last week. He was showing at fourth level and was struggling with consistent, clean flying lead changes. He was embarrassed about it but asked for advice anyway. I was flattered that he'd ask me for help. I explained that timing was everything in lead changes and in life. The key was making sure he … Read more »

From Indy

September 8, 2020 by  

Dogs and cats aren't supposed to get along. I suppose in the wild we'd be competing for food, and that might make us enemies. But I love cats. Some of my best friends are cats. My dog friend Stubbs, told me I was stupid for liking cats. That really hurt my feelings. For a couple of days I stopped saying "Hi" to the barn kitties, trying to be … Read more »

From Moshi

August 25, 2020 by  

When is someone old? There's an idea out there that, for humans, "old" is fifteen years older than you are. For horses, it's five years older. I'm fifteen, so "old" to me is twenty. To a fifteen year old human, 30 would seem old. A long time ago people used to die of "old age" in their 40's. Back then, old people were honored as wise and … Read more »

From Indy

August 25, 2020 by  

Being a dog is great. I'm three years old now, and I'm a very happy dog. People say that Moshi is the wise one, but I've learned a whole lot in my short three years. And that includes the secrets to being happy. Would you like to know what those secrets are? Here you go: 1. Bunnies. You can't be anything but happy when you're chasing bunnies. … Read more »

From Moshi

August 11, 2020 by  

Happiness. What is that, exactly? Is it winning a blue ribbon? Is it winning the lottery? Is it falling in love? Or does it take some kind of magic formula to achieve? Would you believe me if I told you that happiness is a habit? So is unhappiness. Of course, there are life events that can change your feeling state, but the overall quality of … Read more »

From Indy

August 11, 2020 by  

I'm definitely a creature of habit. I get up at the same time every morning, eat the same breakfast, go outside and check out my usual places, and follow Rhett back in the house to sit at his feet while he reads the paper. From there, our day might be different, but mornings are always the same. I'm also in the habit of being happy. I have a … Read more »

From Moshi

July 28, 2020 by  

My friend Maggie sent me a note this week. She said she appreciates my weekly motivations, but could I please address the issue of "momentum" as it relates to riding. Every time Maggie and her rider have a lapse in their riding schedule, they find it hard to get back in the training groove. As much as her person loves riding, she still finds it … Read more »

From Indy

July 28, 2020 by  

I'm so happy to be back in Vermont! It's cool here with lots and lots of BUNNIES! I miss my swimming pool in Florida, but I've got wonderful ponds and streams all around where I can swim and play. Sometimes, Rhett lets me go with him when he visits other farms so I get to visit lots of my old friends. Vermont is a very happy place! Moshi asked … Read more »

From Moshi

July 14, 2020 by  

Breathe. Take a deep, cleansing breath. Fill your lungs as deeply as you can. Now let it out slowly. Take at least twice as long to let the air out as you did taking it in. Repeat. In-out-in-out. Take your time. How do you feel now? Can you feel your blood moving throughout your body? Do you feel a bit light-headed or dizzy? That's normal. Your … Read more »

From Indy

July 14, 2020 by  

I'm a great navigator. Rhett doesn't always hear my directions, but I do know where I'm going. I've done the trip from Florida to Vermont enough times now that I know the way just by the smells. Each town and each highway have their own unique aromas that waft through the truck windows. I know exactly where I am. Navigating through life isn't so … Read more »