December 2009

Merry Christmas from Falcon and Anna.

Learning a lot, eating well and having fun with friends….what more could you ask for!

We are off to see the wizard the wonderful wizard of …….oh wait, that’s a different world. We ARE off to ride with Dolly Hannon just about as good.  Look for pictures and comments soon.

 Have a great weekend everyone!

One of my young students, a four-year old, was so excited to give me her Christmas gift, this card she drew.  For me this is the best gift of all, being a part of the development of young peoples lives.  For all my students I give the best I have, whether it is how to ride or the message not to give up, try again, we all impact each others lives. Let’s make sure it is positive.         Thanks Emma!

 “True riding is an endless search for synchrony and harmony. You can get it today and lose it tomorrow. This search is no overnight affair but a progression of steps, measured in tiny increments of success in an endless journey of challenge and discovery.”

Thanks Cassie for finding this…

 “Behind the rider you’ve become, the coaches who’ve pushed you, the dirt beneath your nails, the horses who’ve left, the ribbons you’ve won..and haven’t won, the tears you’ve cried, the friends you’ve made, the jumps you’ve jumped, the barrels you’ve raced, is that little girl who gave her heart to that pony and never …looked back.”

Thank you Mariah for this one!


                    It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere I go…. Just stroll down the aisle and enjoy the decorations.

Despite the cold the girls all made it out to learn the elements of their horse badge.  Safety, brushing, hoof care and of course…riding.  Add dinner in the lounge and friends all around and it was a great evening at the stables.  Thanks Jen and helpers!

Yes it is cold…here is a little fuel for thought…hope it warms you from the inside out.

Happiness and joy do not come from the outside. They come from within. They are a conscious decision, a deliberate choice, one that we make for ourselves each day we live.

May the sun

bring you new energy by day,

may the moon

softly restore you by night,

may the rain

wash away your worries,

may the breeze

blow new strength into your being,

may you walk

gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

As the cold settles in be sure to check your horses blankets, straps get broken, horses sometimes try eating their paddock mates clothes, shoulders get rubbed or they just get grungy.  The footing is starting to get slippery with the snow so the horses may not be running around as much outside. You may want to lunge them before you ride or if the arena is empty let then blow off a little steam and play in the soft footing.

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