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It’s Different for Girls…Body Image and Riding.

One look at me should tell you that I am totally fabulous, said no woman ever.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Oct 18, 2013

The Battle Cry of An Old Gray Mare.

“Do You Work Out?” I find this question difficult to answer. I’m never sure what they are asking but it was even worse when I was single. Then I thought it was a code phrase for another question. Are you asking do I go to a mirrored...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 13, 2013

Farm Animals in the Zoo?

A friend and I spent the day at the zoo last week. Colorado Springs has a wonderful zoo, on the side of Cheyenne Mountain with lots of natural habitats. As zoos come and go, it’s a pretty special place. The art of keeping wild animals in cages...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 30, 2013

Blogging About Blogging: Thank You!

"Lives spent between the house and the chicken yard do not make exciting copy." Flannery O'Connor. That might be true, all the more reason to be grateful to you for reading.
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 5, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

Not a great shot, it’s in my writing studio- a tiny room with a giant desk. Only a few feet of open space and these dogs don’t ever sleep together. It isn’t pretty. But it was a heart-hard day, and … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 28, 2013

New Year’s Day, minus the Happy.

It was New Year’s Eve, and I was listening to a sad radio memorial about the musicians who passed this year. I do the same thing on my farm at year-end; I take a census and count my losses. We … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jan 4, 2013

What’s Less Fun Than Saddle Shopping?

Nothing. Not a thing. I hate saddle shopping. It makes my head explode. I have a young mare just starting and I’ve tried to inspire an extremely ancient Wintec to survive long enough for her to finish growing. Well, we … Continue reading...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Dec 14, 2012

Thanksgiving with Family.

The holiday season is upon us. From Thanksgiving till the end of the year, we’re encouraged to celebrate the family, seen through Norman Rockwell eyes. Lots of us fit that mold. Our families come together, smile into the camera, and … Con...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 23, 2012

A Public Service Announcement: The Answer is Forward.

In a normal week I probably suggest, chirp, cajole, beg, and sometimes yell- the word forward at least 3 million times. This week it’s twice that, and I’m not even to my busiest lesson days yet. Sometimes I mix in … Continue reading...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Nov 2, 2012

Hard-Headed Women.

Bull-headed, sometimes pig-headed: these are names that you might call an obstinate tomboy of a daughter. It wasn’t meant as a compliment. Did you ever hear those names around your house? I prefer the term hard-headed. In 1970, Cat Stevens R...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 28, 2012

A Little Llama Life.

We have a decently healthy herd here at Infinity Farm. We are eight species strong- mostly horses, but our fair share of ruminants as well.  Sometimes you can pick up a sick vibe in the herd before you can figure … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Sep 14, 2012

Victim of Love: The In-Your-Pocket Horse.

-Written by request from another trainer. Nothing I am about to say is new, just hoping to provoke thought. “He’s an in your pocket sort of horse.” It’s a description you see in horse ads sometimes and it’s probably the … Continue...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Aug 10, 2012

Blurring the Line Between Predator and Prey.

One of the first things to know about horses is that they are prey animals. Simply put, that means that other animals eat them, and their natural instinct and only defense is to flee. Prey animals usually have wide set … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 27, 2012

Mentioning Unmentionables.

I’m going to be blunt about sports bras- not trying to offend anyone, (or exclude either of my male readers.) If you work with horses, or dogs for that matter, you should probably be wearing one. The good news is … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jul 20, 2012

Hearts of Fire: Waldo Canyon.

First of all, the herd here at Infinity Farm is fine and very grateful to say so. The high side of the national news focusing on Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon fire is that we all get reminded that … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 29, 2012

Helmet Advice from Your Horse.

Tomorrow is International Helmet Awareness Day. I usually mark the day by writing about horses and helmets. Every year I read greater numbers of moving testimonials about lives saved, written by grateful survivors who live to ride another day. Courtn...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Jun 8, 2012

Edgar Rice Burro’s Theatrical Debut…

… and what donkeys offer the real life dressage world. We’re just home from Edgar Rice Burro’s debut in the dramatic presentation of “The Laonia Gold Mining Company” at the Travel Port Campground and Mini Storage, in Lak...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 25, 2012

Compassion for All Life. Not Quite.

This morning a lone Canadian goose flew over my pond, calling loudly- back and forth, and again. I wondered if she had lost her mate, or worse. Heart-felt goose sympathy… If you have read my blog, I think it is … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 11, 2012

Do you think it’s time to clean the truck?

My hay guy got a new truck- a pristine dually in a pearlized-platinum color, with near Porsche-like lines. That big diesel engine hums like a finely tuned tank.  If Tony Soprano had a truck, it would look like this. I … Continue reading →...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on May 4, 2012

The Marlboro Man Isn’t My Type.

The Marlboro Man isn’t for me.  He’s the strong and silent type- it might be a romantic image on film, but it doesn’t look like much fun in real life. He probably eats an unhealthy amount of meat, that’s a … Continue reading &#...
by AnnaBlakeBlog on Feb 10, 2012


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