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Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

Bucking the holiday stress tradition.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 28, 2016

The Passion to Punish

First, last, and always, this is the truth about communication with animals: Punishment is the lowest form of expression. A photo of this foster dog snuck out and a couple folks asked me about him. Okay, I’ll tell you, but if you’re exp...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 18, 2016

Winterizing the Compassion Fatigue. Again.

It isn't the worst thing. Compassion requires a special kind of strength in the first place.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 11, 2016

Money: If Wishes were Horses…

Lottery winners and philosophers tell us that money doesn't buy happiness, but it's more complicated.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 29, 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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected.

  Most of us see herd dominance as a line–alpha to the “bottom.” It’s a limited one-dimensional view. When was any life ever that simple? Too much notice is given to differences. In the barn herd, members are connected, e...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 7, 2015

How to Love Horses Forever.

In the beginning, there was simply nothing easier than loving horses.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 28, 2015

It’s About Greeks and Romans. Even Today.

Is it possible to ride in such a way that the horse goes willingly forward, without constriction, as if he were moving at liberty?
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 21, 2015

Wake-up Call from Mother Nature. For the Millionth Time.

In case you can't tell, I love this little farm.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 10, 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: “ROY G. BIV.”

“ROY G. BIV.” is a lousy acronym for the colors of the rainbow. Who ever thought this was a clever way to humanize, and by that I mean insult, Mother Nature, should be ashamed. The sunset over our pond makes mere rainbows look puny. I hop...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 22, 2015

How Much Longer Do You Think You Can Do This?

Her friend is asking her when she's going to grow out of her horse phase. Isn't that cute?
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 29, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Un)Broken

I usually glide through these photo challenges, feeling amused and clever. I struggled with this one. Broken is a word that’s uncomfortable for me. In fact, I hate it. In the horse world, broke(n) is a term used sometimes to refer to a horse th...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 24, 2015

To Rest in Peace.

They aren't getting any younger. Neither are you.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 8, 2015

Cowboys, Dressage Queens, and Respect.

I got badmouthed by a cowboy recently. He dressed the part way too seriously.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 1, 2015

When to Dismount and Say Thank You.

“Asking your horse to hold your weight at the halt, like gossiping cowboys with their legs hooked over their saddle-horns, is much harder for a horse than moving with weight on his back. When you’re not riding, kindly get off his back....
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 27, 2015

Book Review: Reflections on Equestrian Art by Nuno Oliveira

I wrote this review by request–for HorseJunkiesUnited, a site that posts my blog, and the Producer of this audio book said thank you with a discount for my readers. (See bottom.) Beyond that, I was not paid, and this is the only time I will end...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 24, 2015

Care-giving and the Art of Mucking.

So, for as long as there is something that needs mucking, we'll keep hold of our forks.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Mar 13, 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge- Warm.

Warm is a verb. The action that warm takes is to release things. Like when you lay in the sun and all of your muscles slowly soften–necks get longer, breaths go deeper and time slows to the speed of a nap. When that softness reaches your heart,...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 29, 2014

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