Cool, Calm, Connected

I had the most wonderful ride on Estella tonight. We rode in the outdoor arena under the lights tonight. It was a cool night, maybe 50 degrees, but perfect for riding out in the outdoor. Warming up online, I set up two poles in an L-shape and we played...

Raising Babies

As a baby horse owner, I feel like there is a good deal of pressure to do the right thing for her. Mostly from myself, but also from others around me. What I have learned through this process is that I get the best results when I do what feels...

Jackpot

I rode in my new saddle for the third time yesterday. I moved the saddle back, added another pad, moved the saddle back some more, shortened my stirrups and….jackpot! It was perfect! I got on and felt that same “home” feeling that I felt when I originally tried it....

NEW Saddle!!

My new saddle is here! It actually came a few weeks ago, but I haven’t posted about it because I haven’t been riding. It slightly dampened how excited I was, but I am still super thrilled! So after a few weeks of it being expensive decor in my house,...

Trends

I had a really fun, casual time with Estella last night. I didn’t have any real plans, so we just played around online for a bit. I haven’t ridden her in over three weeks, but I had the intense urge to get on last night. I was in sweatpants, she...

Oh, Happy Day

The past two days have been wonderful (well, the horsey part of the day)! Wednesday I took Estella on her first trail ride! I warmed up walk, trot and canter in both directions, making sure we have go and whoa both directions. She passed the tests so we headed out...

Going With Your Gut

I recently saw this on Facebook: It made me feel better about my work with Estella. I am obviously no colt starting expert, but there are a lot of times I just have to go with my gut. I want nothing but the best for her so I have questioned...

The Tortoise vs. the Hare

Although I didn’t blog about it (because it was a hectic starting my job full time), my first ride with Estella in a saddle was walk, trot, canter both directions. Not what I had expected! My original intention was slow and steady: some walking, then some trotting, then finally some...

…and I survived.

I rode Estella today and I survived. As a quick reminder, here is our riding history: May: Started sitting on her bareback. Basically just letting her get a feel for a human on top of her. We walked around a bit, but I let her go where she wanted...