Blog Posts - Lessons From Grandfather Horse



Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

Maybe it’s just simple math.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 25, 2016

Valentine’s Day and a Goat Tail. I Mean Tale.

He's managed to steal another base and the game plays on.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day and a Goat Tail. I Mean Tale.

He's managed to steal another base and the game plays on.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 12, 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

 It would be a good thing to make friends with time. In these last years, I think it’s the thing the Grandfather Horse has worked hardest to teach me. Here’s the math: He’s 30 this year, roughly the age I was when we met. He’...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 8, 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

 It would be a good thing to make friends with time. In these last years, I think it’s the thing the Grandfather Horse has worked hardest to teach me. Here’s the math: He’s 30 this year, roughly the age I was when we met. He’...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 8, 2016

On Women, Bravery, and Being Old Gray Mares

If I could change one thing about women of a certain age, I wish we'd stop apologizing for our age.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 27, 2015

Health Insurance and Horse Dreams

Foot surgery this Friday–it’s like preparing for a trip that I don’t get to take. All the stress of canceling work, stocking up on feed and supplements, prepping the barn for winter, as well as all the indoor work, so that I can kee...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 23, 2015

On Being an Old Gray Mare With Chronic Lameness

ACK. I've become one of those women.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 16, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place

It’s no surprise–my Happy Place is always with the herd. Here’s the Grandfather Horse. I’m hoping winter will be kind to him. I’ve been living in the shadow of this particular horse for almost three decades, not quite of...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 12, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration.

Just a Horse.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 3, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

Sometimes I see a father playing with his child, tossing her in the air and catching her, holding her tight to his chest. Then my heartbeat feels tight in my own chest and I think of Spirit. He did that toss and catch with me. –Anna Blake, Stab...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 29, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

The memories are as vivid as black and white, as stark as night and day, and as real as skin and bone. I don’t remember my grade school teachers, but I remember the horses that were in our pasture. Like pencil marks on the door frame, I measure...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 8, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way (to Forever)

Another day rolls on and another night creeps forward, on the way to the place mortality rests. If there is a light path to Infinity, and karma plays a part, then the thing I focus on will be returned to me. I’ll keep my eyes right here. Anna B...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 1, 2015

Horses and Tulips.

At some distant moment in the past, probably after seeing The Miracle of the White Stallions when I was a kid, I found out that Spanish horses were started at 4 years old. Back then, I thought it was a terrible waste. Then a few years ago, I was at a...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Apr 3, 2015

An Equine Cure for a Type-A Personality.

First, consider the horse. He is a majestic, elegant animal with a free spirit–intelligent, playful and spontaneous. He is nothing short of awe-inspiring. He canters over the earth with his muscles rippling and his tail flagged, drinking the wi...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 27, 2015

The Grandfather Horse. Not Dead Yet.

We've got nothing to lose and we're not dead yet.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 20, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge- New.

What if new was more of a state of mind than a date stamp. What if the opposite of new was not old, but instead boring. Would it make change, or the passing of time, any easier to embrace? Being new is one of the things I like best about horses. They...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 6, 2015

Golden Days and Hindsight Guilt.

These late October days are golden–sweet and rich, and as temporary as a long, crisp leaf. The sun is slow to rise and dawdles while setting over Pikes Peak. The clouds hold onto its colorful tail, long after the sun is gone. The horses and I w...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 24, 2014

A Cowgirl looks (squints) at 60.

I notice I wear my glasses in the shower more often these days. Unintentionally. I mention it because as I write this, it’s my 60th birthday and I had a revelation in the shower. Wait, it gets worse. I’ve decided it’s time to start...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 12, 2014

WPC: Relic

Relics: Senior horses are the very best. The Grandfather Horse and I have been together for so long that the line between us blurred to gray and we can’t remember which century we met. We’re rickety relics of a story the two of us made up...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 14, 2014


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