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December 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Teachers We Can’t Afford to Forget

Many of us who ride were lucky enough to have had good, old-fashioned horse people as mentors. It’s easy to focus on who is teaching us now, or who taught us at the more advanced levels, and forget about those treasured voices from our childhoods.

I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up riding ponies. My parents had lost a friend in a riding accident and they couldn’t bear to send me for lessons, though I was born begging for them.

July 23, 2014

When The Vet Becomes The Client

I have some good news and some bad news and, as usual for me, the reveal is best done in the form of a story.

Ephraim and I went down to Kevin Babington’s for two days of education. He strolled through the barns, hung out in the busy grooming area, and stood in the ring watching others school big jumps, all sans stress.  He walked into his stall and dug into the hay.  “I have a show horse!” I thought.    

July 23, 2014

When The Vet Becomes The Client

I have some good news and some bad news and, as usual for me, the reveal is best done in the form of a story.

Ephraim and I went down to Kevin Babington’s for two days of education. He strolled through the barns, hung out in the busy grooming area, and stood in the ring watching others school big jumps, all sans stress.  He walked into his stall and dug into the hay.  “I have a show horse!” I thought.    

June 3, 2014

In Which Ephraim Grows Up

Fast forward six months, and things sure have changed since the day I met Ephraim. My decision to trust a stranger who was trying to save a horse has been rewarded in more ways than one.

Comments

Sharon
29 weeks 4 days ago

Eph trust issues

Have you ever thought of using the methods of Monty Roberts for Eph's trust issues? He has done wonders with his gentle ways and with how the horse's mind works. He has worked in every field of horsemanship. He has taught all over the world and changed the brutal ways some countries have used to trained their horses with. I don't know if you have ever actually seen how the Amish train their horses but they can be very cruel in their methods. I have seen one video with a young horse and how they teach them to stand tied up. The man put the halter and lead rope on for the first time and then tied the rope to the rail and walked away. The young horse freaked out and fought to get lose. The man said that if the young horse breaks his neck then he was to stupid and he didn't want a horse stupid enough to kill itself.
June 3, 2014

In Which Ephraim Grows Up

Fast forward six months, and things sure have changed since the day I met Ephraim. My decision to trust a stranger who was trying to save a horse has been rewarded in more ways than one.

Comments

Sharon
29 weeks 4 days ago

Eph trust issues

Have you ever thought of using the methods of Monty Roberts for Eph's trust issues? He has done wonders with his gentle ways and with how the horse's mind works. He has worked in every field of horsemanship. He has taught all over the world and changed the brutal ways some countries have used to trained their horses with. I don't know if you have ever actually seen how the Amish train their horses but they can be very cruel in their methods. I have seen one video with a young horse and how they teach them to stand tied up. The man put the halter and lead rope on for the first time and then tied the rope to the rail and walked away. The young horse freaked out and fought to get lose. The man said that if the young horse breaks his neck then he was to stupid and he didn't want a horse stupid enough to kill itself.
April 18, 2014

Life Off The Farm

We did it. We survived the winter! It wasn’t without bumps and bruises but, in retrospect; it is pretty impressive how well Ephraim handled himself. Let’s recap: four months ago, he was a petrified, severely hyper-reactive, 4-year-old former Amish buggy horse who came from the warm south where he had started retraining.

April 18, 2014

Life Off The Farm

We did it. We survived the winter! It wasn’t without bumps and bruises but, in retrospect; it is pretty impressive how well Ephraim handled himself. Let’s recap: four months ago, he was a petrified, severely hyper-reactive, 4-year-old former Amish buggy horse who came from the warm south where he had started retraining.

February 22, 2014

My Gelding...The Mare

Stubborn, scared, brave, spooky, and willing. These are five words that shouldn’t describe one horse, but my accidentally-poetic trainer hit the nail on the head when she used them to describe Ephraim.

February 22, 2014

My Gelding...The Mare

Stubborn, scared, brave, spooky, and willing. These are five words that shouldn’t describe one horse, but my accidentally-poetic trainer hit the nail on the head when she used them to describe Ephraim.

January 27, 2014

No Bake Sale Required

Reviewing the overriding theme that winds through my small collection of stories about Eph to date, it strikes me that people may want to hold a bake sale to fund his move into the hands of someone more experienced than me for re-training. Rest assured that no Ephraims were harmed in the making of this blog! And, thinking about it, I’m the one ending up with all the bruises so if someone wants to send me a cupcake, I’d be very appreciative.