Ho-Hum and Hiccups

Ho-Hum and Hiccups

[Photos by Dawn Hilliard. Thanks, girl! For everything … ] Iggy has been my test pony for all sorts of theories I’ve accumulated over the years we’ve competed and the horses we’ve brought along. How it is easier to start a horse who is mature...
Top Ten Questions Endurance Green Beans Ask

Top Ten Questions Endurance Green Beans Ask

[Photo by Spectrum Photography. GMHA, 2015] I believe that I shall always miss David Letterman’s Top Ten lists. After teaching so many clinics, meeting new riders or prospective riders or riders who have an inkling that they might love our sport “if only...
Legging Up with Limitations — Iggy’s Story

Legging Up with Limitations — Iggy’s Story

Three months ago, we bought Iggy, an 11 year old Arabian who had done a couple of 25 mile rides and a moderately paced 50 miler at age 6 or so. He’d been purchased, but life got in the way with his new owner, and he didn’t have a full time (or even...
Influencing Iggy

Influencing Iggy

It’s just another one of those “do as I say, not as I do” moments … Countless times I’ve told other people with new horses, fretting over this or that, that it takes a year to get to know a horse. It’s been two months since we...
Life, Loss and Stewardship

Life, Loss and Stewardship

Damn. This one is tough to write. Ned has been a huge part of my life for nearly twenty years. And tomorrow we will be letting him go. Some creatures — human or equine or canine — just have more personality than others. Ned has been mammoth in more than...