Tag Archives: bridle

Someone who rides worse than me.

Please go to my google blog “The Horsemad Scientist” at http://thehorsemadscientist.blogspot.com to read my most recent post. I finally found someone who rides dressage worse than me. I don’t post on wordpress anymore, because I don’t like how they’ve changed … Continue reading

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The Last Chapter

I don’t know if there’s an official term for it, but I’m sure you can relate to what I’m saying. Let’s say you have a cold, or a hurt finger. While you’re coughing and sneezing or avoiding using the finger, … Continue reading

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The trouble with Rebel

Rebel moved into the barn about two months ago. Rebel isn’t his real name, but it is his real game. Julie, his owner, is a timid, mousey little thing. She’s very retiring, doesn’t say much. She’s, oh, in her early … Continue reading

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An appalling dearth of ethics-and compassion.

In late 2010, I began a lease on a 7/8th Quarter Horse gelding named Hank. (Barn name, not registered name.) Hank was a 12 yr. old chestnut gelding. He had three white feet and one area of white hairs on … Continue reading

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We're all nuts, you know. We are. So why do I lease a horse?

I’ve been leasing horses for a little over 18 months now. I’ve been doing what is called a ‘partial lease’, wherein the horse stays at home and the owner pays all the bills, and I ride the horse three or … Continue reading

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Divorcing the Diva

Well, it’s done. Sometimes, you just have to walk out of a relationship because it’s become too toxic to bear anymore. That was my relationship with Patti. Originally, it was supposed to be merely a lease agreement: I was leasing … Continue reading

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Why I was always so tired after riding.

(cartoon by Thelwell, from “A Leg at Each Corner”, EP Dutton, 1962) After my poor performance in my first dressage test, I read the judges’ comments. She said, “Horse very athletic, but naughty and resisted contact.” Trooper, my normally well … Continue reading

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