Category Archives: Backwoods Philosopher

Mission Saddle Introduction

  Last May I round penned Mission to a successful join-up, but I didn’t put a saddle on.   Mission is now two years and four months old. He seems physically immature for his age, but he is still a stallion and … Continue reading

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Let’s Dance

There is no clear line between religion and horse training. Sorry. That’s not a perfect quote. It was (quote #1) “There is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing,” by Norman Maclean. I watched the Redford movie “A River Runs Through … Continue reading

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Farewell jihad, Welcome sunny delight

A friend of mine was out walking in our pasture. I watched as she was followed closely by Jihad “the horse”. When she got to our yard, she confessed that she had been afraid of this big, black horse named … Continue reading

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Horse Training Marathon

Over the years, I’ve unintentionally collected horses. Some of them wound up staying here because of past abuse and/or difficult temperaments. I don’t want to sell them at the sale barn where a lot of the horses are bought and sold … Continue reading

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Ruby Day 21 – 23 “Wet Saddle Blankets”

Today Ruby was calm in the round pen, through the saddling, lunging with the mecate’ and mounting. We kept everything at a walk all day. When I mounted I could feel her anxiety and it grew the longer I was … Continue reading

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