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Reading: A Blessing by James Arlington Wright

James Wright (1927-1980) won a Pulitzer Prize for his collected poetry in 1972 (fun fact: his son Franz Wright also won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, which makes them unique). 372 more words


Today's lesson: improving the hind leg and suppleness

It’s always interesting having a lesson with someone new; they often see different things to your regular trainer. Today’s was no exception.

Having explained our back story and our aims (novice – improving medium trot, canter-trot-canter transitions), we warmed up. 493 more words

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Horses Past and Present - Ziggy

Ziggy came to live with us at just a week old. He’s an adorable palomino gelding, inquisitive, intelligent and very friendly. As a foal he was very precocious, more than happy to steal his mom’s lunch, and was superbly nimble on his long legs. 543 more words


Windy lesson part 2 - the good: practicing a test in an odd sized arena

Practicing dressage in an odd sized arena isn’t ideal. Ours is 25m wide (not 20m) and 40m long (my test is in a long arena which is 60m). 960 more words

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Windy lesson part 1 - the bad

If I’d have known just how windy it was, the mood Abbey was in, or not needed to get to grips with 15m circles, I’d have cancelled my lesson. 374 more words

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5 photos 1 day

Haynet has set a challenge: 5 photos to describe one day. I make no apologies for the frequent appearance of ‘ the quadrupeds’ – they are often feature in the ‘best bits’ of my day. 102 more words

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