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There is a story my mom likes to tell from when I was 6 years old. I was starting the first grade, and with my school work ramping up, it was clear that I needed to prioritize my...
When my wonder mare Callie broke her left hind splint bone in November of last year (did I say break? I mean shattered into shards that had to be picked out of her leg), I knew...
You’ve got the space in your barn, you’ve saved up a reasonable budget, and your current string is all old enough and civilized enough that it’s time to begin again. The...
I have arrived at an interesting time in life, as a trainer of horses and an instructor of riders. The vast majority of my young friends have all leveled up into middle school,...
It was close to 20 years ago when I first rode in Jimmy Wofford’s famed (infamous) Hell Week. Back then, it sounded like a fun idea—six straight days of longe lessons during a...
About a month ago, my horse starting acting like one short side of the indoor arena was going to swallow her whole. She’s lived at the same barn for four months now, and I’ve...
“Mommy, waaaaatch meeeee!” My 6-year-old son lets out a high-pitched squeal as he soars from a stack of pillows piled high on the sofa to the dog bed nine feet away on the...
This is my first winter in Wellington, Florida. I feel a little out of place, but honestly, I'm enjoying it. It's great to be back in the sun and in a different area, so...
Cairo has decent feet. I mean, we live in Oregon where her turnout is mud half the year, and she generally (knock on wood) keeps her shoes on. My last OTTB, Baby Huey, had big...
Ah, 2021 has arrived. A year full of promise and hope, a time to put the past year’s Facebook wars behind us and walk into a shimmery rose-colored room of peaceful existence....
If you had told me I would spend the majority of 2020 sidelined and unable to ride, I would have said, "I want no part of that." Last year was the most challenging year of my...
When my phone buzzed, and I saw that the barn was calling me—unexpectedly, first thing in the morning—I knew my day was about to take a bad turn. Sure enough, the wonderful...

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