Webinar: The Irwins walk us through the Training Scale.

Friday, May 8, at 7 pm Equestrian Canada organized and hosted a webinar with Jaimey and Tina Irwin walking us up the levels of the training scale. Jaimey and Tina are both Grand Prix level riders and I have interviewed both of them on Horse Addict before. So what is the Training Scale? It is…

A non-riding riding lesson!

Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, that are in place in Ontario, it is not permissible for me to ride Biasini, or go inside the barn. But as you can see the outdoor arena allows for plenty of social distancing and I was able to watch my coach Belinda Trussell ride Biasini. Belinda was…

Perspective!

Sometimes life is just not fair. I am not talking about having to wear masks, or being in lockdown or any of those minor inconveniences. I am talking about a life changing moment when one second you are a healthy able bodied young person with the brightest of futures and the next second you are…

FOTD May 5 Scilla

These are growing around the base of two Heritage Birch trees in our back garden. They are such a lovely blue and the sunlight enticed me to capture them. .

Monday Minstrel: Coltsfoot

When is a weed not a weed? Many years ago I went to China with a group of horticulturalists led by well known plantsman Roy Lancaster. He always used to say that a weed was only a weed when the plant was growing somewhere we did not want it to grow. When out walking we…

Soaking wet!

When I saw that Tina had chosen ALL WET for this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge I thought I would have to pass as I did not have any wet photos. But then I remembered. On July 22 , 2018 I went to a CDI3* (Concours Dressage International) to watch the Grand Prix competitors who were…

Join me for a ride in the forest!

I have been cantering Biasini through the forest. NO! Not really. This was a virtual ride. My coach’s assistant Lynsey Rowan has been taking Biasini out on the forest trails and she sent me videos. This first one is walking toward the trails. Oakcrest Farm has many acres of forest trails that can be reached…

Five Habits for Good Horsemanship

In my history with horses I have made some mistakes and learned from them. Here are five things that I believe are important habits for an amateur rider to develop. Get the right horse for where you are now in your riding. If you are an amateur with a small budget think carefully about how…

Horses! Horses Everywhere! But nary one to ride.

This week Amy gave us the Lens-artists Challenge “At Home”. I don’t have my horse at my home and with the lockdown continuing I am still not able to ride. But as I walked through my home I realized there are many horses. Here are two greys painted by Mabel Hollams. When I am very…

Sunday Swans

The swans are back. While the ice was on the small lake near our house the swans and the Canada geese were both trying to lay claim to the nesting rights. In this photo from a previous post you can see the swans on the left and the Canada goose is circled on the right….

Book Review: What Happened to Frank?

What Happened to Frank is the first in the series of Meg Sheppard mysteries written my Vicky Earle. The novel opens with Meg Sheppard getting ready to ride one of the horses she has on her farm.Usually she loves to ride. But this day is not a usual day. It is the one year anniversary…

Good Morning!

“Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate, Still achieving, Still pursuing, Learn to labor, And to wait.” The words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the ‘first thing in the morning’ enthusiasm of our little mini-Schnauzer June seemed to be the ideal response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge “Morning” given…