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A Sleigh (Or Two) For Christmas

by @ Sunday, December 18th, 2005. Filed under Horses

Today we bought a sleigh. And not just one, oh no. Apparently sleighs are like potato chips. You can’t have just one. So we bought two. First, allow me to introduce the sleighs. This one is mine – The Screaming Eagle:       The Screaming Eagle is named for the two little eagle heads […]

Cisco’s Story

by @ Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. Filed under Horses

So far behind! I started writing this entry a year ago, and never finished it. So while it’s a little (ok, a lot) out of date now, I’m going to finish it anyway. I had just started getting Cisco going really well and riding him often when we met with an unfortunate accident. There was […]


by @ Saturday, February 17th, 2007. Filed under Horses

I’d originally hoped to get some action shots, but the snow is just too deep in that nasty crunchy way to be safe to do anything in. All the same, I ended up with a couple cute photos of Kota.  

Draft Field Day

by @ Monday, October 3rd, 2005. Filed under Horses

Last Saturday (September 24, 2005) I took Caleb to the Fall Field Day, hosted by the WV Draft Horse and Mule Association. As I’ve said, he’s still only ground driving, but I thought it would be good for him to get out and see the world a bit. The Field Day was held only about […]

Driving School

by @ Wednesday, September 21st, 2005. Filed under Horses

This past weekend I attended driving school at Rocky Ridge Acres with Fred and Jessica Kiger. I can’t remember the last time I had more fun. Driving is something I’ve always wanted to learn, but it was hard to find someone. I’m glad I found Fred – he was a patient teacher, and he had […]


by @ Wednesday, September 6th, 2006. Filed under Horses

I don’t think I ever found the time to post about my new toys. Back when Dad and I went to the Browns Training Camp (see here and here) we wound our way around to Amish country, and found ourselves at the Pioneer Equipment factory. Yep, we just happened to wander by. Really. Okay, not […]

Forecarts, Pony Carts, and Three Horse Hitches

by @ Thursday, December 25th, 2014. Filed under Horses

I’ve been wanting to get to this post for a while, and have never managed to find the time, as it’s a long one. The rhino broke down a year ago last fall – something with the rear axel. We parked it until such time as we could figure out getting it fixed. A call […]

Fun Farm Photos

by @ Thursday, January 12th, 2012. Filed under Dogs, Horses, Rabbits

Just posting a couple phone snapshots. Last night Ern was turning the gate in the barn and he comes back dragging an ornery little pony. She hung out in the parlor till we finished milking. So here we have the horse and the hound. And then this morning my bunnies were being oh so cute […]

Goodbye Toro

by @ Monday, June 16th, 2014. Filed under Horses

I’ve accepted it makes no sense to keep 2 riding horses for me when I barely have time to ride 1. For that matter, last time I took Toro out I kept saying I wished I’d taken Poki. Toro is a good boy. He’s sweet and safe. There’s nothing wrong with him. I just click […]

Horses in the Snow

by @ Thursday, January 25th, 2007. Filed under Horses

With the snow having arrived, the horses don’t seem to do much besides cluster around the hay bale and eat. Still, I toted my camera up today and came up with a few cute pictures.              

Horses, Horses, Too Many Horses

by @ Friday, August 17th, 2012. Filed under Horses

Time gets away from me so fast. So many horse updates. I realized I referenced Jim in my last post but never introduced him. So here is the saga of my latest horse adventures. Stormy, the paso I was so excited about sadly did not work out. For a while he did great. He moved […]

I Love My Icelandic

by @ Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. Filed under Horses

I love my little icelandic horse. Every time I go in the field, whether to fill the water trough or catch another horse, Poki always comes over to say hello. Aside from being oh so cute and huggably fuzzy, he’s just the sweetest boy ever. It’s been a long month since we bought Poki. The […]

Ka-Wa Stormy

by @ Sunday, February 12th, 2012. Filed under Horses

I have 5 horses. I did NOT need 6. And yet, I found myself obsessing over this ad: [quote]Pacer is a 13 yr old sorrel paso fino gelding. He has had professional training for trail riding. He is extremely smooth and you look like you are floating while riding him. He needs a confident rider […]

Mr. Boone and Mr. Bill

by @ Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. Filed under Horses

When my friend Dawn was obsessively searching for a horse, she stumbled on an ad for a haflinger/percheron cross and told me I should buy him. I was not in the market for another horse and didn’t really pay much attention. The ad read: this is boone 11 year old percheron/haflinger cross he is 15.1 […]

Musical Horses

by @ Sunday, December 29th, 2013. Filed under Horses

Here I go again. I don’t really mean to do this. I hate the buying and selling of horses all the time. And with every horse that arrives I really am hopeful I’ve found my riding partner that will die on the farm. And for one reason or another it just keeps not working out. […]

Native & Scooter

by @ Sunday, December 31st, 2006. Filed under Horses

It’s been far too long since I’ve found the time to get any pictures posted (or really taken for that matter). But the middle of December a friend at the barn asked me to get some pictures of she and her daughter with their horses. I thought I’d post a couple of my favorite artsy […]

Only A Fool Buys A Lame Horse

by @ Monday, July 15th, 2013. Filed under Horses

A few posts ago I wrote about Cisco’s accident. The winter before, I was able to take a horse and ride along when we fed while Sami rode in the tractor with Ern. It wasn’t much of a ride, but it got me in the saddle and I was happy to take what I could […]


by @ Saturday, January 4th, 2014. Filed under Horses

Poki came home with us! I figured he would. In searching for any info on him, I found an ad for an icelandic that was for sale this summer. Ern called and ended up talking to the previous owner for nearly an hour. Along with learning some basic things about icelandics, the prior owner claimed […]

Poki Update

by @ Friday, January 10th, 2014. Filed under Horses

Poki is starting to settle in. He’s been allowed to join and eat with the herd, and I’ve seen him playing with Bill. He remains friendly and easy to catch, so that’s good. My new girth did arrive Wednesday, and I took Poki out for a short ride. I think the saddle fits him fine. […]

Ponies Rock

by @ Sunday, January 26th, 2014. Filed under Horses

Boniface has his moments of sheer stupidity. But sometimes he also has moments of sheer brilliance. Today was a brilliant day. Like so many years, firewood just didn’t get cut. Around here projects get done when they become critical, and when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and the hay needs in, firewood goes on the […]

Pony Club

by @ Wednesday, May 10th, 2006. Filed under Horses

As with every year, mom and I made the trip down to KY to watch the Rolex KY Three Day Event. During the afternoon break, the KY Horse Park hosts the Pony Club Prince Philip Cup. I got some decent pictures of that this year. It was my first real attempt, and I think I […]

Pony Rides

by @ Thursday, October 27th, 2005. Filed under Horses

We had some visitors last weekend. Mom’s best friend Kittie, Kittie’s daughter Dawn, and Dawn’s husband Steve all came down. They spent some time hiking around Cooper’s Rock, and came to the stable one day for some pony rides on the boys. All went will till we were just about done, when the skies suddenly […]

Riding the Range

by @ Thursday, August 16th, 2012. Filed under Horses, Kids

In most ways Sami takes after Ern. I joke that I KNOW she’s his but I’m not sure she’s mine. But like her mama she is nuts for the horses. Before this she’s ridden her pony with someone leading her and has ridden Boniface double with me. But she has done really well lately with […]

Rolex 2006

by @ Wednesday, May 10th, 2006. Filed under Horses

Finally I’ve found time to get my Rolex photos together. The lot of them (I just couldn’t find a way to weed down to under 90!) can be found here, but of course I have to post my absolute favorites.

Sami’s Ride

by @ Thursday, August 30th, 2012. Filed under Horses, Kids

I’m so proud of my girl. She fell off a horse and got right back on. Literally. Our neighbor has three kids. Her oldest two started back to school last week so with just Sami and her youngest I have enough horses for us to go out riding. She and her son rode Jim while […]

Sweet Corn

by @ Friday, August 17th, 2012. Filed under Garden, Horses

Our sweet corn raising has been a hit or miss experience. As a second generation Ohioan who grew up on entire meals of sweet corn when in season I know what good corn is and will not settle for less. Having married a farmer with third generation produce experience you’d think outstanding sweet corn would […]

Team Driving

by @ Friday, November 24th, 2006. Filed under Horses

It’s been a while since I last posted, but life just hasn’t been that interesting of late. It pretty much involves eating, sleeping, school (waaaaay too much school), and playing World of Warcraft (an awesome game I definitely recommend). And of course, playing with the horses when time and daylight allows (it gets dark so darn […]

The Produce Wagon

by @ Friday, August 17th, 2012. Filed under Garden, Horses

For years Ern’s family raised a big garden and sold produce at the courthouse square to make extra money. There came a point when Ern was no longer a part of that and he’s missed it. He concocted the idea of using the wagon he built me to haul produce down to the road and […]

The Screaming Eagle Goes Flying

by @ Saturday, December 24th, 2005. Filed under Horses

I blogged earlier about the two sleighs that mom and I bought in a moment of total insanity. We bought the sleighs on Sunday, the 18th. We went back to pick up mom’s on the 19th, and then returned one more time on the 20th to pick up mine. It’s about 90 minutes each way […]

Updated Horse Pictures

by @ Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. Filed under Horses

Nothing really to say, just wanted to post some new pictures of the horses. 🙂                

Winter Fun

by @ Thursday, December 15th, 2005. Filed under Horses

It’s been far too long since I last blogged. Largely I just haven’t been doing much worth blogging about. It’s been pretty quiet here in WV. My latest project has been teaching Caleb to pull me around on a sled now that the snow has arrived. I’ve been doing a lot of basic ground driving […]

You Know It’s Cold When…

by @ Saturday, February 10th, 2007. Filed under Horses

A thousand pound horse can stand in the pond without actually getting wet.     Sadie is the chestnut on the left. She should actually be about knee deep in the pond, but the dang thing has frozen solid. That wasn’t one of my greatest shots ever, but heck, it’s not every day you see […]

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