May 20, 2017

trail notes, mmxvii-v-xx

lesson notes, mmxvii-v-xx

We had some rain and lightning and thunder this morning so no lesson. We just hung out a while - got that good horse smell under my fingernails and handed out a couple carrots. :)

May 18, 2017

playground notes, mmxvii-v-xviii

snippets, 5-18-2017

Young jockeys and their horses, Indonesia (The Guardian). Great photograph, and serendipitous -- just a couple days ago I read that a little over 60 percent of the world's horses are in developing countries.

Oh and check this out - horse ownership costs in Hawaii:
You can buy a pretty good horse for forty or fifty dollars, and a good enough horse for all practical purposes for two dollars and a half. I estimate "Oahu" to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty-five cents. . .Williams bought a handsome and lively little pony yesterday for ten dollars; and about the best common horse on the island (and he is a really good one) sold yesterday, with Mexican saddle and bridle, for seventy dollars - a horse which is well and widely known, and greatly respected for his speed, good disposition and everlasting bottom. . .You can get a horse for a song, a week's hay for another song, and you can turn your horse loose in your neighbor's broad front yard without a song at all -- you do it at midnight, and stable the beast again before morning. . .
- Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872

May 13, 2017

lesson notes, mmxvii-v-xiii

We did some nice walking and tried a few laps of trotting and cantering in the round pen this morning. I survived! He seems eager to teach me more, but I really need to work on my balance.

May 11, 2017

garden notes, mmxvii-v-xi

Butterfly eggs - Bren watched a yellow swallowtail lay the top one, so we checked our other holly and found another.