Momentary, fleeting…transient.

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This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is the word Transient. Transient; a momentary , fleeting thing.  The  photos that immediately came to mind are the  ones of a horse in mid stride. That airborne moment.

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In dressage that is the moment we aim to achieve more of. More airtime. More floating. More cadence.

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It is a feeling of freedom. It is transient, fleeting and gone in an instant but it is the feeling of flying.  How lucky for a human to be able to feel that even if only for a moment.

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The Greatest Horse in the World

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The Greatest Horse in the World. The Greatest horse in the world is….?  Right away I can hear a cacophony of cries from the racing community. “ Seabiscuit!” “Man O’ War!” “Secretariat!” are the names I…

I’m in my Happy Boots!

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Last week was a great one!  Sometimes in working with a horse it can be frustrating and discouraging. Sometimes I feel I am just not making any progress. I am just not getting anywhere. But not this past week!  There are some very basic things that have fallen into place. I have grasped what is needed with the canter.

When I posted a couple of weeks ago about the new level of the canter we were working on and I was concerned that I might not be able to re-create it in the  show ring this coming weekend. Well I am not worried about that now. I have a clear idea of how I need to ride to achieve it and Biasini has grasped what he’s being asked for.

Here is a photo that was taken at our last show in Florida. This photo captured a very good moment.  I…

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Heritage and History

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The Horse Guards. The Blues and Royals. The Changing of the Horse Guards. Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  That’s a fair bit of history and heritage right there, just in those words.

My Great Uncle, my Grandfather, and my Uncle were all in the Guards.  My Uncle rode in the Trooping of the Color for many years. When I was about eight years old I was taken to see the Trooping. It is a lengthy spectacular and I was getting a bit weary but then my Aunt pointed out my Uncle Tim riding , in full regalia, behind the Queen. Well!  I was pretty impressed.

My photos in response to the Word Press Photo Challenge for this week , Heritage, are of the Horse Guards, lined up at the Changing of the Horse Guard. The first photo is a close up of the boot, spurs, the trumpet and …

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Challenges and Solutions

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I love to make plans. Plans keep me sane. I also fully appreciate that even the best made plans, as Robert Burns once said, go oft awry.  But as I head toward a competition I rely on making plans.  I worked with sport psychologist Dirk Stroda during the winter competition season in Florida and he gave me a very workable outline for the weeks approaching competitions, starting 4 weeks before the competition. So with a competition May 26-28 how am I doing?

Week 4: Checking and asking questions. Is all my equipment in good shape ? Do I need to get anything repaired? How are my show clothes, tailcoat, breeches, shirts, stock ties, show boots?   Is there anything I forgot at the last show for myself or for Biasini that I need to remember this time?

So, did I do all that last week? No, I did not. I was…

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Monday Minstrel–“An Entrance or a key…”

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The horse between discs is outside the Museum of London in London, England.  The artist is Christopher Le Brun , the statue is bronze and made in 2001.  The imagery of horses and discs is common in the work of Le Brun. It suggests travel and passing from one place to another. Here is what the artist has to say about it.

“When you talk about horses and riders in my work it is important to me that they are not seen as real. I think of it as an entrance or a key to places that I want to enter. It is as if “the horse” enables the journey rather than provides the final subject.”

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What is interesting to me is that for those of us who are riders of horses ,we know that it is not only the physical journey they take us on. It is also a…

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Haters Anonymous

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“Hi, my name is Blah D. Blah and I’m a Hater.”

“Hi Blah D. Welcome to Haters Anonymous.” 

Well, I very much doubt that there are any 12 Step programs for haters. I doubt haters think they have any kind of addiction problem and certainly would not be ready to say they were powerless over hating or that it had made their lives unmanageable. But haters can certainly affect the lives of others. Haters have upset people, caused professionals’ reputations to be damaged and at worst have bullied and traumatized some people to the point where they have taken their own lives. 

Haters have a field day in the realm of social media. They can be found in all areas; groups for people suffering with mental illness, people with children with disabilities, people with addictions, people with horses and people who are just trying to get on and…

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“With a heart for any fate….”

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Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.”  Longfellow

This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.

Let us then be up and doing.

Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him.  Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.

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But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good.  So, when…

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Monday Minstrel: The Miniature Horse

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Miniature: A thing that is much smaller than normal. A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.

The miniature horse is very diminutive in stature, with height less than 34-38 inches (86-97cm) measured from the ground to the withers. They are considered horses not ponies and were first developed in the early 1600’s. By 1765 they were frequently seen as pets of the nobility.  After the Mines and Collieries Act of 1842, in Britain, which outlawed the use of children in coal mines, the minis and also small ponies were most commonly used in the mines.

The first small horses date from 1861 in the US and they were employed in coal mines until the mid 1900’s.  By 1960 the general public began to be interested in the  minis and they are now used in a number of equestrian disciplines.

Although they are…

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What’s God got to do with it?

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You know that saying: God won’t give you more than you can handle. Really?  Well, I guess it all depends on your definition of “God” as to whether or not you believe that.  I would describe myself as a spiritual person but not a religious one. I also believe in free will. I believe we are responsible for the consequences of the choices we make in life. So…having got all that cleared up why am I asking what’s God got to do with it?

I am wondering why I seem to have a history of horses with unusual or interesting or rare health issues. It did not start that way. When I was young my horses were without problems. Then first horse I bought for my daughter was  a 17 year old school master when we bought her. She developed respiratory problems and finally when she was retired…

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