Longe, longe, longe

Over the summer, my dressage guru friend patiently listened to me whine about Candy. Every now and then, I throw myself a pity party about her because I’ve had her for over two years and she has made minimal progress towards being the kind of horse I would like her to be. Some of this […]

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 […]