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Blogger Liz Arbittier

February 11, 2016

Goodbye Gentle, Black Horse

Veterinarian and amateur rider Liz Arbittier joined the COTH's bloggers in January 2014, when she bought a former Amish driving horse as a project. You can read about the start of her journey with Ephriam in "Embarking On An Amish Adventure" and about their progress in all of her later blogs.

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.    

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.

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.

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.

January 19, 2014

Channeling Walter Farley

As a veterinarian, I meet a lot of people and treat a lot of horses. I have been very lucky in my career to develop close relationships with clients, many of whom have become like family. The basis for those relationships, on both sides, is trust.

January 17, 2014

The Sunday Horse

I have to say that when I got a buggy horse, I assumed he’d be relatively bombproof. When I pass those horses on the road, I give them wide berth, watch carefully, and never see them react. I’m especially cautious at night and am constantly amazed at how focused these special horses are, to be trotting full bore on the pitch black roads with drivers buzzing by.

January 6, 2014

Three Things I Never Thought I'd Say

Three phrases I am embarrassed to admit actually came out of my mouth during my first lesson on Ephraim with Kate Hicks:

-Is my lower leg touching him? Can you tell? Because I feel nothing below the knee.

-I’d really prefer not to have to be responsible for steering today.

-Is this when we think I’m going to die?

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