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.

May 10, 2017

snippets, 5-10-2017

When horses teach mindfulness, it sticks (Listen to Your Horse). The ranch where I'm taking lessons does a lot of equine assisted psychotherapy work - good stuff. Might it not help stave off dementia and Alzheimer's, too? Seems that athletic activity and mindfulness training are just what a doctor would order. Guess I'll let you know in 84 years (I ain't leavin' until I'm 137).

May 6, 2017

porch notes, mmxvi-v-vi

lesson notes, mmxvii-v-vi

Rode Hot Shot off the lunge line for the first time today; we did some loose, easy walking and a few changes of direction in the round pen. He took good care of me. It's such a pleasure to work with him - it's like he makes it easy to give him your full attention because you know he's absolutely giving you his.

May 4, 2017

snippets, mmxvii-v-iv

(It's great to) suck at something (NY Times). "Or, as the great father of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, wisely advised: 'Be patient. Wave come. Wave always come.'" (Nickers.)

May 3, 2017

more snippets, 5-3-2017

"...what may be above this grass belt I know not yet, for our view ends at the top of the wall of the great S.E. crater. My men say there are devils and gold up beyond, but the German authorities do not support this view. Those Germans are so sceptical."

"My face and particularly my lips are a misery to me, having been blistered by yesterday's sun, and last night I inadvertently whipped the skin all off one cheek, and it keeps on bleeding, and, horror of horrors, there is no tea..."

"It is...advisable, if you wish to produce an opinion generally acceptable in civilised circles, to follow the usual recipe for making opinions -- just take a prejudice of your own, and fix it up with the so-called opinion of that class of people who go in for that sort of prejudice too. I have got myself so entangled with facts that I cannot follow this plan, and therefore am compelled to think..."
- Mary Henrietta Kingsley, Travels in West Africa, 1897

snippets, 5-3-2017

How to make soulful eye contact (NY Times). "To really experience the power of eye contact, [performance artist Marina Abramovic] suggests a minimum of one hour of sustained gaze." An hour? Holy wow. I once lost touch with the corporeal world by holding an infant's gaze for about a minute. An hour would probably open a portal to another dimension.