Our lives revolve around horses. We work with horses and then spend our spare time doing horse related things.

Some of the subjects we cover are directly related to training horses…but others are a bit more indirect. Check out some of the blogs below to learn more about our lives, our values and what we have to offer you through encouragement and living by example.

Untamed is a mindset.

Untamed. Unconfined, left to do as it will. The whole house has gutters, the barn too. But not this porch outside of my bedroom. “No gutters please”, I said to the builders. “The water will cause damage”, they said. “It will wash out the hill.” “It’s ok.” I said to...

The old bay mare

The old bay mare. It doesn't bother me to call her that because she was mine. My first horse. And I named her Bay. Not the most creative name but she didn't hold it against me. On nights like this, when the weather is frigid, thoughts of her pop into my mind. I'm not...

Homemade Rustic Bridle Rack Instructions

I posted my top five gift ideas for horse owners and few days ago and one of them was a homemade bridle rack. Many of you asked for pictures...so heres a picture and instructions! Items needed: 1) rough cut board 2) spare pieces of firewood 3)screws. Instructions: 1)...

Which comes first: Inspiration or Action?

Inspiration strikes...hopefully followed by action. Although I often find that action is require first, and inspiration then follows.  Lets break this down because that may have been a bit confusing. EXTERNAL inspiration, watching someone do something amazing with...

How can I help you in 2018?

This is the question I keep asking myself. How can I help you? What do I have to offer that would be of value to you? What have people asked for?  Thankfully many of you have been vocal. I get emails, messages and face to face requests. Many subjects are covered but...

Horse Holiday Shopping 2018

Let the holiday shopping begin! ...or was that last month? JUST KIDDING! Although it seems like every year the shopping season really does move back a bit earlier.   As I was grooming my horse yesterday and marveling again at my new favorite barn item (hint: the first...

Five on Friday: Foals, Podcasts, Age, Business & Money

Five things of interest that I’ve done this week. #5- Celebrated my birthday ..with food and riding. It should have been more riding and less food…but as it only happens once a year, I’ll take it! My favorite coffee shop, latte, scone, harvest muffin (pumpkin &...

Birthday Reflections

Yesterday was my birthday. Birthdays have always been like mini New Years day for me. Many people set New Years Resolutions on January first…but I have always found my birthday to be a more impactful day for that type of thinking.  Maybe it is because its a more...

No. You shouldn’t get a job doing something you love.

I love photography. I have my whole life.  In high school I won photo contests. That was back in the days before digital when you had to either really plan your shots…or spend a ton of money developing film. During my wedding planning I budgeted more for photos than...

Presto: Getting ‘cast’ and eating grass

It’s me again.  Blogging is hard work. I always thought when mom sat in the barn on her computer that she was playing a game. I guess talking with you is kinda like a game. I need to think about that. Aurora, My spots are NOT like chicken pox. They are more like bird...

Presto’s blog & video: A long time ago

Its me again. I remembered that I forgot to tell you my ‘real’ name last week. It is ‘Press on Regardless”. My first mom…no second…or was it third? Anyway, she gave me that name. It is hard to remember that far back. They all fed me milk though… I like my shorter name...

DIY horse care or call the vet?

Just when you think your day is planned this happens: All I can figure out is that she must want a scar that matches Prestos ... but bigger. Thankfully I have handy friends and family. Here is a selfie, shot by my oldest son Caleb, as he holds the fillies hip. Carlye,...

My name is Presto ‘the horse who lived’

Hello,  My name is Presto and my mom says I need a job.  She’s not my real mom but thats not what I’m supposed to write about today. I’m supposed to write about who I am.  My name is Presto and I like to call myself ‘the horse who lived.’ Mom has an audio book she...

Remembering Roxy

How I remember Roxy. As a wobbly legged black foal that I said, "Oh, I bet she'll be a grulla like her grandmother." As an insecure two year old that while I was riding her around our indoor, the young lady working for us at the time remarked, "Your crazy if you ride...

Confession: I don’t have it all together.

If you’ve been following me for very long you may have noticed two things: First- I kinda disappeared online.  Second- we’ve been building a new home. I think these two phenomenas are tied together. I love analogies. I use them as often as possible. As I was putting...

Butt washing fun? Why horse rescues matter.

My plan was to visit the Sugarcreek Horse auction tomorrow. It isn't a place that I enjoy going but it is a place that I feel compelled to visit because I want to see the reality. I want to know from first hand experience what is going on because I want to be part of...

Justice and Presto featured in Western Horseman!

Check out page 16 of the January 2017 Western Horseman! That’s right! Justice and Presto are right there in full color! When I was first contacted about being interviewed for an article on nurse mare foals I was excited…and concerned. The topic of nurse mare foals is...

Building a Pinterest Friendly Barn

When we started the project of building our new barn and home (yes, in that order) I asked for only one thing; every area where it was practical I wanted something impractical (but still functional) to be there. Yes, I just used practical and impractical together…I...

How I view goal setting and New Years Resolutions.

Happy New Year! Is it possible to write a blog post on New Years day and NOT write about New Years Resolutions? I contemplated another topic (maybe tomorrows blog?) but I kept coming back to resolutions. Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do. Do I keep the...

Update on foals and building

Thank you to everyone who keeps asking me for updates. It's been busy around here, which is not an excuse but has been my reality, so I have been slacking.  The building process has been much more demanding than the foals have, they in turn have provided me with much...

“Life without friendship is like the sky without sun.”

In this photo Presto (left) is eight weeks old and Justice (right) is seven weeks old. It’s hard to believe that Presto was weaned from his mom at three days old and Justice at around two and a half weeks. Watching them grow they seem big to me…but in reality they are...