Showing posts from November, 2018

In which Endurance 101 has a Cyber Monday special price!

Maybe you've loaned your copy to a friend.   Maybe you don't want to loan your copy to a friend  (but you do want your friend to read it).

In 2012, I wrote a book for new endurance riders (the term "green bean" wasn't in common use yet!) called Endurance 101.
In the last six years, so much has changed.  Riders who were green beans in those days are experienced endurance riders now.  Horses new to the sport have accrued hundreds or thousands of miles.
Now, it's time to make the book available to a new crop of readers and riders.  
That's why, for a very limited time, we've dropped the price. 
From now until the end of Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018), the eBook edition of Endurance 101 is only $4.99 on Amazon.  Buy it for yourself or a friend--or both!

And hey:  we'd love to hear your stories about the book.  What's the best thing you learned by reading it?  What did you gain from the book that you didn't have to learn the …

In which endurance riders always have the scarier list of stuff

I recently jumped down an online rabbit hole when I discovered the "Chronicle of the Horse" blog posts of Lindsey Long.

This person is my kind of rider/writer:  practical, matter of fact, and willing to embrace and boost the signal on failures in the hopes that others can learn from her experience.  

To be and do all that online takes spine, and lots of it.

In my current favorite Lindsey Long post, she lists Riding Fails that she considers essential to grow as an equestrian.  These include:

Pick up the wrong lead or diagonalLose a stirrup or drop a reinChip a fence or go way too longFall offGet bucked offCry on horsebackSuffer serious show nerves on horseback, with bonus points for throwing upHave a major tack malfunction, with bonus points if you completely lose bridle or saddleGo off course, with bonus points for jumping an oxer backwardsExperience a refusal, with bonus points for multiple refusalsCrash into a fence, with bonus points for actually damaging the fence, and more …

In which I answer some questions, and you can answer some questions too

$900 Facebook Pony started it.

lytha in Germany kept it going.

Now it's my turn.

1.   Why horses? Why not a sane sport, like soccer or softball or curling?
I guess it's like asking a left-handed person why they choose left-handed scissors. 
You know there are other choices, right?  And you know that most people don't think your choice is the most sensible, right?  And you know your life would be a lot easier if you made more sensible choices, right?
Right?  Right?  Right?

2.    What was your riding “career” like as a kid?
Pony camp, friends' horses, catching rides whenever, wherever.  And lots and lots of books.
Never enough to satisfy me.

3.   If you could go back to your past and buy ONE horse, which would it be?  
If I could get Story back again, I would.  I borrowed a lot of wonderful horses before (and after) I met her, but she was the most special.  The day I bought her, I told her that I would keep her for the rest of her life, and I did.  

She's been gone almost 12 yea…

In which we start preparing Thanksgiving dinner with help from our friends

I'm aware that most Americans begin prepping their Thanksgiving turkey by shopping at the local grocery store.

I'd love to say that all the food we eat here on the Farm is sustainably raised by us or by local friends.  But it isn't true.  I'm just as likely to grab lunch at Taco del Mar as the next person.

However, for a few special meals each year we try to provide a table that represents good food raised right by our community and served with love.

Especially Thanksgiving.

Mel raised the turkeys again this year, and she hosted the dispatch party.  If you've never attended something like this, the word "party" may seem like an odd choice, but I think it's perfect:  a yearly gathering of people dressed in special clothes, with music and laughter and food.

Sounds like a party to me!

Holding an outdoor party in November around here is not usually recommended.  It poured buckets of rain all day Saturday, and it has poured more buckets Monday.

But on Sunday…