Ride To the Middle Ages

Saturday morning lessons finished, I played hooky from farmwork and snuck over the Potomac to an Atlantian equestrian practice.  Lady Alienor graciously shared her steeds with me.

Lady Alienora and JR

Lady Alienora and JR at the Reed Chop

Atlantia’s Deputy Earl Marshal of the Horse, Lady Brandwyn Alston of the Rift, marshaled a day of medieval horsemanship.

SCA medieval equestrian game of tilting the rings

Several of the riders are also musicians.  Impromptu concerts sprang up during breaks.

Gorgeous day in the pouring sunshine, doing the things I love most in the world, while ethereal voices sang period ballads under the pavilion. Yup, great times had by all!

 

Sca Equestrian Practice

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Return to the Middle Ages

After Saturday morning riding lessons, I snuck over to a neighboring SCA medieval equestrian practice.

Lady Alienora from the Incipient Canton of Abhainn Iarthur generously shared her steeds with me.

Lady Alienora and JR

Lady Alienora and JR at the Reed Chop

Lady Brandwyn Alston of the Rift, Atlantia’s Deputy Earl Marshal of the Horse, marshaled a day of medieval horsemanship and impromptu music.

SCA medieval equestrian game of tilting the rings

Gorgeous day in the pouring sunshine, doing the things I love most in the world, while ethereal voices sang period ballads under the pavilion. Yup, great times had by all!

 

Sca Equestrian Practice

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New beginnings, New Goals: The Exercise

First of all, what goals did you achieve this horse show season that you set last spring? Krista and Laura, you both rode well and improved through the year. You won year-end championships while showing good sportsmanship. Kathy, you’re riding Tommy with confidence and control you couldn’t have imagined a few months ago! His behavior has improved light-years since last spring. You even took him to a show just for the experience!

What did you achieve that you hadn’t even set out to? Continue reading “New beginnings, New Goals: The Exercise”

New Beginnings, New Goals

The Knocks completed their final horse show on Sunday. In some ways, it has been a test of endurance as well as skill. Despite their great success this season, I think everyone is ready for a break.

I’m ready too. Its my responsibility as their trainer and instructor to determine what will work best between shows to help them peak on show day as well as continue improve throughout the horse show season. Continue reading “New Beginnings, New Goals”

Indian Summer- Warm Weather Natural Horse Care

Indian summer weaves its way between cold snaps here in wild, wonderful West Virginia. I welcome the warm sunshine which glows through the foliage. I can take off my winter coat, but the horses can’t.

As I wait for the wash bucket to fill to sponge off a very sweaty Brego, I think about the challenges Indian summer presents to horses, and the ways a natural horseman can meet those needs. Continue reading “Indian Summer- Warm Weather Natural Horse Care”

Horses, Time and Timelessness

Today I came across pictures of Princess Muffinhead as a newborn. What a cute foal she was! The tiny, fragile-looking filly in the photo is such a far cry from the beautiful, powerful mare she has grown into. The four years since her birth passed in a flash.

Wow, four years. I remember so clearly holding her in my lap as she napped. It seemed like she would stay a baby forever. The day when we could finally head out for a ride was so far off as to be unimaginable.

Horses allow us a bifocal view of time. Continue reading “Horses, Time and Timelessness”

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