The concept of “managing” a horse wasn’t something I thought much about before I bought Miles. My first horse didn’t really require any management, he was a yes man and very easy going. Miles is more opinionated, and certainly not a glass half-full kind of guy. Over the last four years I’ve learned that winter is the most difficult time of year for Miles and that it requires very thoughtful management. Part of that is also managing me as a rider… which is a whole ‘nother ball of wax. Each year I’ve tried something different, and while I hesitate to say it out loud in case I jinx myself, so far this year’s plan has been the most successful.
2016 was not a banner year for this blog — I posted sporadically, and there were weeks that went by without a peep. I really want to change that this year, but I’m still having trouble getting back in the groove, so to speak. It’s winter, and in all honesty, not that much is happening. But that’s half the fun of equestrian blogging: ya’ll can totally relate. So in an effort to get myself to sit down and actually write something, I’m starting a weekly series about what’s going on in my life outside of horses.
Guest Post by Claire A. Dague
When it comes to trainers, I can honestly say I have been truly blessed. My current trainer is a true horsewoman: always putting the welfare of her horses above all else and I have learned so much from her in just the three short years we’ve been together. But the best teacher I’ve ever had, has been a pudgy, bay OTTB named Mingo. Mingo was the last baby to grow up on my grandfather’s farm before he took a break from the racehorse industry. Nine years ago, I would have never guessed that the small, gangly foal I was looking at would one day teach me more than any horse I had ever had the pleasure of working with.
The Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange is one of my favorite holiday traditions — it’s been a huge hit ever since I first started organizing the event, and since then, it’s only grown. Bloggers participate from all around the world and I always meet new people. I’m not sure what my favorite part is: matching everyone up, shopping for gifts or receiving a special package in the mail!