Please join me in congratulating my horse, Bear, on making it another year around the sun. This past Sunday, April 26th, Bear turned 25. I wanted to mark the actual day with a photo shoot, but the weather didn't cooperate so we waited until the next day, April 27th, to take pictures. Funny that Bear… Continue reading Welcome to Bear’s virtual birthday party!
Two of my former foster horses, Copper on the left and Bitsy on the right. I am sure both of them would have plenty of their own barn stories to tell. Everyone has their different preferences for digesting information. For whatever reason, I have never been a huge consumer of audiobooks or podcasts. I must… Continue reading Equus Barn Story Podcasts
“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.” I love this quote from Barbara Bush. The first thing that came to my mind when I read this saying was to take out… Continue reading Quick Thought For A Thursday
Wild horses of the Little Bookcliff Mountains in March 2015. Photo by Mary Lynne Carpenter. The US public lands are home to thousands of wild horses and burros. The federal public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management under the Department of the Interior and the US Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture,… Continue reading For The Wild Ones
Today I am linking you to a blog post from Trafalgar Square books about incorporating music into your riding. https://horseandriderbooks.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/using-music-to-increase-forward-energy-in-your-horse/. The post is based on the book "Freestyle: The Ultimate Guide to Riding, Training and Competing to Music" by Sandra Beaulieu. The book is primarily geared towards dressage riders. Even if you aren't a dressage… Continue reading Riding On A Song
This European commerical from Volkswagen premiered a few years ago. Many of you may have already seen it, but I think it is just as funny the 50th time as the first time. If you have not viewed it yet, you are in for a treat. I promise it is very much horse-related. Go tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQs-oEuDzSw.… Continue reading Need A Laugh? Watch This One-Minute Video
In a previous post entitled "Ten Ideas For Staying in The Saddle If You Struggle With Riding Alone", I wrote about my tendency to use cones and obstacles to aid me during my rides. https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/04/ten-ideas-for-staying-in-the-saddle-if-you-struggle-with-riding-alone/ Today I thought I'd give a shout out to one of my favorite products: the pop-up barrel set by Seventeenflat.… Continue reading Six Uses For Pop Up Barrels In Your Riding and Groundwork!
For those of you who are Pinterest fans, please check out my new The Backyard Horse Blog Pinterest pins and boards. I'll be periodically incorporating photos and/or quotes that have appeared on The Backyard Horse Blog as well as other content that I think you, the readers, might find useful. Feel free to follow and… Continue reading Check Out The Backyard Horse Blog On Pinterest
In the course of perusing articles on the website Medium, I came across a terrific piece written by Jeanne Grunert entitled "Don't blame the dog (or the horse)" at https://medium.com/@jeannegrunert/dont-blame-the-dog-or-horse-1747fc9b92d8. The entire time I was reading the article, I was shouting "yes!", "yes!", "yes!". In the first part of the piece, she tells about a… Continue reading Who is to blame?
Happiness Between Tails recently invited me to write a guest-post after the blog's author read one of my essays on the website Medium. How exciting! The blog's author, da-Al, wrote a beautiful introduction to my post. It was another reminder that having horses in my life is a privilege not everyone shares. A big thank… Continue reading The Circle of Life
Thank you to the Savvy Horsewoman for inviting me to participate in their Spring guest-blogger round up! As part of this Spring round-up, I wrote an article detailing my yearly Spring to do list around the farm. Of course, I wrote this article before the spread of the Corona Virus impacted many of our Spring… Continue reading A Backyard Horse-Keeper’s Spring To-D0 List
Thanks to my horse, Fate, for providing me with a stunning moment to capture on film. Note to Fate: Please know that Bear and I still miss you, but how gorgeous you must look now running in God's green pastures!
I need some comic relief! So today, I am giving a nod to April Fool's Day with a compilation of horse jokes, puns and silly sayings for some unbridled laughs. So let's quit stalling and get to it. Bear thinks these jokes and puns are pretty funny! The LaffGaff website says "We’re not trying to… Continue reading Horsin’ Around On April Fool’s Day