Wednesday 20 January 2021


 For the kind comments on my recent post. I wasn’t worrying too much about it, but it was one of those things niggling away in the back of my mind that I was allowing myself to feel a little like I was failing at. 

You’re all right of course, it’s the middle of fricken winter, she’s young, I’m busy, and the time out not only won’t hurt, it’ll probably be beneficial.

Is very capable of putting together her own exercise program temporarily ;)

As for the rest, I think there is always a certain type of person looking to find things about others to repaint in a negative light. I don't know why I'm always surprised when I meet (or hear about) them, but maybe rather than focus those people or on my sometimes failure to filter the negative, non relevant commentary out, I should celebrate the fact that it stands out so much because on an everyday basis I've got a network around me that is full of positivity and encouragement, people who practice being kind. Bloggers and blog readers included, of course <3

Also this very kind tree spotted on a weekend hike.

I've leave you with a few fun pictures from the weekend. Bridget saw some poles in the arena a few days ago and got very excited about it, so I set up a little course of ground poles for her (sadly could not find any jump cups or I would have made her a little cross rail or two). She had the most fun ever, and I may have cracked a smile a few times too. Knock on wood, she's still feeling great today,  so I'll make an effort to put up some small jumps for her in the next while if that's what she says she'd like to do. I switched her diet and supplements around last fall and she's been full of energy this winter!

I needed video, the pictures don't accurately capture her enthusiasm for the circle of death exercise. I would have never guessed anyone was a fan of it, but it seems Bridget is.

Sophie has also been full of crazy energy, but she's just been having fun at home. She's got a large paddock she can run a little in, but in the evenings when I muck out and get feeds set up she gets an hour either in the round pen or in with Bridget. That's beneficial two ways - she doesn't pester me while I'm trying to work, and she gets a change of scenery which she finds quite exciting so she exercises herself ( and sometimes B too ;)

I should probably do a review post on what clippers NOT to buy if you own a hairy pony.



  1. Nay Nay is joining Sophie and getting some unexpected time off this winter too. I was stressing about it, but what can I do? Until I feel better, riding isn't going to happen and getting upset about it isn't going to help or make things better. So my hope is time off will be short and we'll both be refreshed and ready to go soon! Maybe I'll get on this week, maybe I won't, but I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't. I will say, Bridget looks like she's having a blast!

  2. I gave Dante the fall of 2018 off - no lessons or anything, just walking, grooming, handling and eventually a trail ride. Of course we don't have worse weather than rain, and then when we do have rain because every BO is protective of their driveway and arena, more time off built into every winter. If we had worse weather I'd probably get into a rhythm of having more built in time off for my horses.

    People will always talk, people will always find drama where there really is none. Especially now when most people are struggling with finding something to do lol

  3. I am glad you are feeling better. I am always confused as to why horse people are so judgmental.