Monthly Archives May 2016

Memorable Heroic Horses

When I think about Memorial Day, I do think about the fallen men and women, I think about my own son, a Marine veteran who served in the Afghanistan war. I think about the families who are remembering their lost loved ones and how hard this weekend must be. I also think about the horses that served the military. Like most who take a moment to think about it, I’m amazed and frankly, stunned when I think about what horses are willing to do for humans. They will work until their body collapses and run until their heart explodes. They
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Barely Domesticated Down Undah

Barely Domesticated can be found everywhere! I want to introduce you to my dear friend, Mandy Probyn, from Australia. She and her husband, Steve, came to America for 3 weeks this April and I thought it would be fun to get her perspective on her visit here for the first time. They spent part of their time attending the School of Horsemanship with Eitan Beth-Halachmy, did some sightseeing, and even rode my Tim in a Cowboy Dressage™ Practice Gathering in Novato, CA.                       Mandy and Steve brought so much to my
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Barely Domesticated: We came, we saw, we spooked.

    Being a Barely Domesticated soul, my Mustang Tim knows nothing about human-made obstacles, and really cares nothing for them at all. The guy will trudge through cactus in the desert no problem, but show him a flag….. not so much. Pool Noodles? Not even. Anything that crinkles, flaps, or shakes is suspect danger. I feel the same way about spiders…. I get it. This is the reason we got so much out of the Open Trail Obstacle Challenge Weekend at Novato Horsemen’s in Novato, CA.   The obstacles were challenging, but safe. The competition was common sense and friendly.  
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When you least expect it, expect it.

I don’t know about you, but when I first returned to riding about 12 years ago, the thought of traveling with a horse, inside a horse trailer, by myself, was just too much.  The fear of something happening to the truck or trailer with a horse (MY horse) inside was almost paralyzing. The first time I drove the trailer by myself to a lesson, upon arrival my trainer cheered, “Look at her driving the trailer like a big girl!” Like most of you, I treasure my horse like family.  I found the best way to conquer my fear and build
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Traveling with the Barely Domesticated. You know who you are….

Back from Bonnie Springs Ranch in Las Vegas and reflecting on what an amazing trip it was. Between the beautiful views, wonderful friends, good food, great rides, and being able to share it with my wild partner, Tim, it was a trip to remember for a long time. I’ll have to suffice with my memories until the next time. 10 Things I Learned on My Trip to Bonnie Springs: 1. I’m more domesticated than I imagine myself to be. I’m now in search of a small generator for longer dry camping trips. I need to be able to plug in
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