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March 6, 2014

Coping Skills

I have been so lucky as to have some phenomenal horses in my life, including the three that I've trained up the levels from youngsters—Ella, Midgey and, on his way up, Fender. I often get asked what I'm looking for when I pick a young horse. How do I "know" what they'll become?

February 26, 2014

Why Show?

Why do we go to shows? There are four reasons.

Why we show horses in general is a subject for much deeper study. Why do we want to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars taking a 1200-pound prey animal to a scary environment all so that someone in a little box can tell us why we're not perfect at it, and maybe earn a few bucks' worth of ribbon and, maybe, if we're lucky, some delightful GMO glassware? An excellent question, and certainly one that proves the Equestrian Psychosis.

February 24, 2014

Goals, 2014 Edition

There was a bit of a black cloud over my head by the end of last year. It was just one of those years, where nothing really worked out the way I'd planned, much less hoped, and to top it all off a bunch of my closest friends had funk-inducing years, so we were all collectively a bit mopey. 

February 19, 2014

From Billy, With Love

Last year Kristin, then aged 12, and Bellinger, then aged 21, won just about everything they tried their hand at, including several awards at the Lendon Youth Dressage Festival. One of those awards garnered her a very handsome plaque, which I told her I'd be happy to hang in the barn when it was done being engraved. Apparently Billy (now 22) overheard this conversation, and this morning, he asked Kristin (now 13) to pass me this note.

My dearest Lauren - 

February 4, 2014

Making Progress

I am so, So, SO happy to be here.

It's not just the weather (though yes, that's really very lovely.) It's the training. It's getting at least one, if not two, lessons a day. It's getting to catch up with my friends from all over the country. And more than anything it's feeling like I'm moving forward.

January 29, 2014

Caging The Railbirds

There's a girl here at the barn who's riding a client's horse, a 7- or 8-year-old who was a real success at the lower levels, and now as she moves him up she's contending with a pretty major self-carriage issue. The previous rider of the horse had him really "broken" farther back down his neck, and so she's spending a few weeks with him, as she joked, "like he's in the English Pleasure class"—neck way up, poll the highest point and nose well, well in front of the vertical. It's not the long term strategy, of course.

January 22, 2014

The Walk Of Shame

I know it's of little solace to all my friends and family freezing their collective butts off as the Polar Vortex sweeps through much of the country, but here's a little snippet from the Floridian life for you all to laugh at.

My lessons are all this afternoon today, so I took advantage of my little morning gap to hop on my bike. I've been running a fair amount while here, and was due for a spin session. So out I went.

January 17, 2014

The Fire Is Back

I've been in Florida a whole whopping week, but it's been enough. All the doldrums, all the lethargy and stagnation I felt before coming south are gone. The fire's back in my belly. And it is Good.

The trip down was easy, as was the move in. The horses' trip was slow with crummy weather, but once they arrived, I couldn't believe how quickly everyone rallied. I gave them all the first 24 hours off, of course, and just hacked everyone around on Day Two, but by Day Three everyone was revved and ready, and I started up my lessons with Michael right away.

January 12, 2014

Ebb And Flow

Thirteen days after moving into my gorgeous farm, I'm back on the road - to Loxahatchee, Fla., with five horses in tow for the winter season. And what a winter I picked to miss! It was 20 degrees when I left Thursday morning, which seemed downright tropical compared to the 4 degrees it was the morning before.

January 3, 2014

Moving Back

The move back into Clearwater Farm was remarkably seamless. My brilliant staff took all our stuff from Morningside in one trip, and all the horses in two more, and that was it. We were back!

But that didn't mean we were Home.

Making this place Home has taken much longer. First, there was finding everything. We only took essentials with us on our three-month road trip, which meant we had to find all the non-essentials. The extra double-ended snaps. The crossties. The polo wrap racks. 

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