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Rescue: Not for the Faint of Heart.

Rescues ask for a serious commitment--these special horses have seen the bad side of our species. It isn't that they need more, they deserve more.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 19, 2014

Seasonal Training Aids.

Taking a nap on your nose might pass as an elite act of rebellion!
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 12, 2014

Abuse -When do you speak up?

Silence equals consent.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 21, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Descent means ‘a way down’ and it is how we learn to ride. Our information and learning trickles down from the horse. In the beginning, it can seem like our job to train them and too many riders get lost trying to make their horses work b...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 3, 2014

When Horses Go Through Menopause.

How can you tell your horse is going through menopause?
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 31, 2014

Horse Rescue: The Psychological Aspect of Physical Abuse.

No where in this assessment is there any mention of the horses psychological condition. It's like ignoring everyone in a mental health facility who is a healthy weight.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 17, 2014

Horse Rescue: The Psycological Aspect of Physical Abuse.

No where in this assessment is there any mention of the horses psychological condition. It's like ignoring everyone in a mental health facility who is a healthy weight.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 17, 2014

Pioneer Spirit: A Message from Leafa.

Leafa Numbers was my paternal grandmother. We had a chat this week. She was born in 1888 in a sod shanty in Kansas. A graduate student doing research about the pioneers who settled North Dakota interviewed some nursing home residents in 1976. I got a...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 10, 2014

A Call to Arms. (or how to get on the wrong side of a horseperson.)

You’ve had this happen. Someone finds out you have a horse and they ask, “Do you know my sister’s friend, Diane. She has a horse.” Like there are eleven of us in the state. People who own horses are a wide and diverse group. We divide our...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 26, 2014

A Call to Arms. (or hooves, really.)

You’ve had this happen. Someone finds out you have a horse and they ask, “Do you know my sister’s friend, Diane. She has a horse.” Like there are eleven of us in the state. People who own horses are a wide and diverse group. We divide our...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 26, 2014

Ground Play, Cavalia style!

Disclaimer: This isn't a review. And generally, I am not much fun at equine events.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 19, 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

You be the Judge.

“Too bad about that half pass to the left.” My horse and I were leaving the arena after my test, reins long and my trademark competition smile: Lips stuck on my gums above my teeth. I had a great horse. The comment was made by a woman who felt no...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 15, 2014

Breaking up is hard to do. Is it time?

"Dump him," she said, "You're not getting any younger." Stunned silence. I hoped she meant to say retire him.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 25, 2014

Wrestling with Helmet Safety.

I almost got in a bar fight a few months back. I would feel better about this whole episode if I was sorry. The problem is that I'm not sorry.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 20, 2014

Dressage on a Rescue: Doing More with Less

I need to make a confession. I shop lifted when I was in high school and what they say is right: Willfully breaking the law impacts your character.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Apr 4, 2014

The Woman Who Cheated with Horses.

I like to hear Horse Husbands whine as much as the next person.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 28, 2014

Your Horse Has Ulcers.

I don't usually say it that bluntly but I wanted to get your attention. I need to make a payment on a debt. Usually I start with the term sour stomach.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 21, 2014

Family Values at the Holidays.

I was raised by people who didn’t really want any kids or animals in their house. Okay, they made an exception for a Chihuahua once, but he didn’t live in the house so much as inside someone’s shirt.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 27, 2013

A Message from your Therapist.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston Churchill was certainly right, and some times of the year, more than others. I notice the holiday season has a lot of us wound up just a littl...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 13, 2013


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