Small changes with big impacts

In lieu of any updates (other than “waiting and seeing”) on baby Marrakesh, I thought I’d discuss some small changes I’ve recently made in Candy’s life that have had big impacts on her behavior and our relationship. Candy’s been my horse for nearly two years, and her progress has been…underwhelming. Her origins are pretty unexciting: […]

Happy birthday, Candy!

Today is Candy’s tenth birthday! Bred by John Perdue, Vintage Candy is by the multiple graded stakes winner Formal Dinner and out of the unraced mare Mishapangua (Zafarrancho x Bleach). She retired from racing after 34 starts with a 3-5-5 record and $42,177 in earnings.¬†Candy produced two colts before entering training for a career as […]

Adding groundwork to the routine

For months, a good friend has suggested that I try adding groundwork to my routine with Candy. Her trainer (my friend next door) is a student of a natural horsemanship guru who works closely with my friend’s trainer. She swears adding groundwork to her horses’ training had an extremely positive effect. I’ve always been skeptical […]

Logging more TRRIP hours

In 2017, Candy and I logged 27 hours of trail riding (and a little hunting!) and earned our 25-hour patch from TIP’s Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program. My goal is to reach the 100-hour mark in 2018. Cold weather kept us at home for much of January, but we’re back on the trails and have […]

Alternative alternative therapies

These days, I think most people readily accept “alternative” therapies for horses: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage. They’re pretty mainstream, and it seems like many people see real results from the addition of these practices to their horses’ routines. But what about more out-there sorts of remedies? A few weeks ago, as I was leaving one of […]