Thursday, October 24, 2013

In Memory of Clifford

A little over a month ago my sweet dog died, Clifford.

I didn't blog about it sooner because if was just too hard.  
 Clifford was just about the perfect dog, accept he wouldn't come... but other than that pretty much perfect.
I wish I was a better writer so that I could tell about Clifford better, but that is not my strong point so I will post pictures.
Clifford's favorite activity was eating (he is a lab), his second favorite activity, sleeping. 
Preferably on people beds.
Clifford was very snuggly and loved every one!
He was also my best model for drawing (because of his natural good looks and second favorite activity)

Did I mention Clifford was always hungry, Always

Thanks for remembering Clifford with me.

All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Whin vs the Pig

My neighbors have a mini petting zoo, with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks a goose and a pot bellied pig. Whin does not eat the pasture down enough to keep it from getting really long and a bit out of hand. So the petting  zoo comes over to help her out.

I decided to ride her at home yesterday, the weather has been nice and not too wet, and we have a little hill in the back so I do our hill work on it.  Well yesterday the pig was visiting and it decided that it did not like Whin and I tromping by and disturbing its meal. So when we were stopped the pig slowly (I don't know that Pot bellied pigs can move quickly) started to advance grunting in displeasure.  Whin was slightly alarmed and started to back up away from the angry possibly "dangerous" pig. 
Things could have gotten hairy but fortunately once I gave Whin the pep talk that she is the biggest and doesn't need to be afraid of pigs I had her face the pig and the Pig backed off, still grunting its displeasure.

So that was my ride yesterday, a pig/horse face off.

All King Edwards Horses Call Me Blessed Fool

Monday, September 9, 2013

Vacations and Videos

I haven't posted in a while because I though Whin should have a little break after the last show of the season. so she had a semi vacation I still made her work a couple times a week but she has mostly just eating and sleeping. It has done her good though she came back much more relaxed about the Canter Walk transitions.

Also I just got the video of out last ride, That was informational.  I just have to brag that my horse is gorgeous! And that I sit the trot darn good! OK brag over. I am still clenching with my leg, which is funny because I thought I was over that, and my right hand... I don't know what is up with it, it moves all over.  And Whin is far more strung out than I thought she was, which is good to know because in my head we look like this (OK really I knew it wasn't quiet like that)
Laura Bechtolscheimer and Mistral Horjis by Kit Houghton
And I just did know how we could get better, now I know we don't look like that and it gives me hope that I can reach my score goals next year.  
Ohh, videos, the awful truth, but now I know what to work for! I need to check on copyright laws but if I can I will post the video here on the good ol' blog.

All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fashion Models

I stumbled across some pictures of models today that were sporting the latest European fashions. I don't think have seen better dressed, or more beautiful models.

It was an Equine Cat walk

These are some of Eskadrons winter collection.

I don't even know where to find this stuff here in the States, but it sure is lovely and ohh so matchy, down to the coolers.

I hope you enjoy these lovely Equines and there chic outfits

These pictures were found at DressageBoutique on Face Book

All King Edwards Horses Carry Many Big Fellows

Monday, August 26, 2013

Local Championships and the Diva Mare

So The last show of the season (for Whin and I) has come and gone, While I am ready for a break next April seems like ages and ages away.
Poor little Diva Mare had a very hard show this weekend.  She was pulled away from her morning graze stuffed into a trailer and driven up a windy canyon. Her morning graze was replaced with a bag of dry tasteless hay, what an insult (She wonders why I think that this is an acceptable trade.) Then she was fussed over had a saddle thrown on her back and was made to prance around the warm up.
Then we went into the arena and the judge dares to whistle at her (after getting an off course whistle at the last show she is convinced that it is highly offensive) She did her best in that first test but with all the trauma of the day she could barely keep up the energy by the end of the test.
Then to top off  after having her graze cut short, her hay taken away, and being whistled at, I made her do it again with hardly a break in between. Poor Whin just couldn't handle it all. So to let me know how she was feeling. She kept stopping in the middle of movements.  She just wasn't going to be treated so.
So much for our championship class, I decided to gracefully excuse ourselves rather than having a large and bronco filled  "discussion" in front of an audience. I don't know if it was the best decision to make, and maybe I am the Diva for not wanting the audience to see the "discussion" and get the awful score, but that is how the cookie crumbled.
Whin thinks I should just be happy with the blue we got for our first test.... but she didn't see how big the championship ribbons were!
With all this there were many good things about the show one of them being that I rented a stall and Whin was actually able to sit back and relax, even after seeing a train for the first time. ( Trains have highly offensive whistles and clearly eat horses for breakfast.) Also the first test was nothing to be ashamed about we even scored respectable under a harder scoring judge. So all in all the show was good, we just have some things to iron out before our second level debut next year. 
All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I don't usually blog about hacking out, because usually it's just a mental break for Whin and me. Yesterday was different. Because Whin is naturally more forward when we Hack  I   thought that I would practice the reinback and turn on the haunches. In the arena she gets ohh so behind my leg when we do those movements.
It worked she got much less frustrated with me and we got some decent turn on the haunches.
I guess we are going to practice those out of the arena for a while.
All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Monday, August 19, 2013

Techie Fail

Last Saturday I took the video camera to the barn. I haven't had my ride filmed since Whin was 4 and had been under saddle for about 60 days. So a lot has changed (hopefully for the better) in that time. I warmed up, then hit record and pointed it in the direction of the arena.

We had a descent ride, It was storming so Whin was a little on edge but she settled in nicely. I practiced the movements that are challenging to see if I could glean insight on how to preform them better.  I did Shoulder and Haunches straight at the camera to see if we had enough angle etc. 

At the end  of it all I hopped of turned off the camera packed up Whin and headed home, eager to see the video... however I had only filmed 1 second of the door to the arena.  So much for all the wealth of knowledge I was going to get from watching my self ride.  Hopefully I can convince some one to film me at the show on Friday.

All King Edwards Horses Call Me Blessed Fool

Friday, August 16, 2013

Canter Piaffe?!?

Along with thinking that Halting really means hula dancing, Whin is convinced that Canter Piaffe is a thing. 
 What is a Canter Piaffe you may ask,
It is attempting to canter with very little forward movement, sitting down on the haunches and lightening the forehand.

(Occasionally this leads to Whin's version of Levade).

How does one aid for the Canter Piaffe?
Just about any way that is unclear, confusing or new.

As you may have been able to glean we do quiet a bit of Canter Piaffe, especially lately since my trainer discovered that we could not  reinback and our turns on the haunches were rusty. With all the new/rusty aids, I have had my hands full (or rather trying not to confine her too much (epic fail)) of trying to convince Whin that no test at any point in her career will ask for the canter piaffe.

I wish I could report that I have made a break through, and Whin now realises canter piaffe is not a desirable thing,(And that she is not doing the levade correctly, so she should just give it up) but I haven't. Perhaps contacting the FEI and convincing them to add the canter piaffe  in to the Grand Prix would be easier.

All King Edwards Horses Call Me Blessed Fool

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This is why I take lessons

Again, with the not blogging, So I will just recap last weeks lesson. Through the week in my quest to get a light forehand and more engaged haunches I started doing lots of transitions. Which is encouraged in dressage.  Accept I was asking for the almost walk steps and then not asking for enough forward (this is a problem of mine, I think I secretly want to be a Western Pleasure rider) Whin was only too happy to oblige in the teeny tiny steps.
And this is why I take lessons, while I am puttering around the arena patting myself on the back for  doing transitions and  balancing my horse so well (delusions of Grander), My trainer starts yelling at me for doing small steps instead of the big forward ones (reality check). Lesson learned, maybe, tiny steps are not collection even though I am convinced they are.
I also learned that Whin likes to change things up. Often. We ran through second level test 1 (It didn't go as poorly as I thought it might) to see what we need to work on in the next 9 months before next show season.  The longer we went the better she got, My trainer mentioned that Whin does well with change. I started doing this in our work outs. It works. I plan 2 different movements to work on and then I create a sort of pattern intermixing the 2.
Example last Friday.  I worked on canter walk transitions (which are really hard for us at the moment) and leg yield.  I walked asked for canter, cantered asked for walk, and weather it was good or not I then did a leg yield at the trot. Change directions and canter/walk the other way. Whin got much less frustrated, and in the end we accomplished nice canter/walks quicker than if I had just repeated them until they were satisfactory. 
It takes more thinking on my part but  it makes Whin so much happier.
All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back to Basics

Whin is convinced that she was born to be a hula dancer.  Particularly after doing turn on the haunches or forehand.  When I ask her to halt and give her no direction as to which way to bend or turn, she takes matters into her own hands. The dance usually goes something like haunches left, rein back haunches right step forward, ect.

given  that we practiced turn on the haunches last lesson, I decided we needed to work on the halt Saturday. Sure enough, we should have had the luau music playing in the back ground.   Whin was very good with every thing other than the halt.  I did make some head way though. I realized that if I ask her to take two little strides at the trot just before asking for the halt, she gets it.

So in retrospect, maybe I learn that its just all me, not setting her up for the halt properly. I guess it really doesn't matter weather it is the horse or riders fault. The horse is not going to be the one to fix it.  On other notes Whin is really starting to get the transitions with in gaits. when I do baby steps to bigger steps she bends her hocks a bit more. I really do adore this mare despite her hula dancing ways!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Catch up

EEkk so I haven't blogged in ages... so much for me trying to remember what I learned in each ride.  Any ways I will try and recap what I learned this week.
Tues. taught me that when Whin has lots of days off that she get all weird. Way behind my leg, and it doesn't help that we are trying to develop a second level frame and she just doesn't think it's possible.

Wed. was my lesson and I feared all the weird sticky canter on the spot junk was going to ooze over, but no not at all. She was an angel the whole time. forward in a good frame, it was great we even found a new notch in the lengthening, the first time I stopped her, I don't know why, maybe it was to much awesome lengthening for me to handle. Also I learned that although  our shoulder in and haunches in have been improving the angle still varies. Some thing to work on.

Thurs. was a hill work day.

Fri. She was very good again, we got the awesome lengthening again, but this time I didn't stop it. I also feel that I kept my leg off of her which is a big accomplishment. I have a horrible habit of clinging with my leg, and I wonder why she is behind the leg... I still need to work on the shoulder and haunches in, but at least I have about 9 months before I have to pull that out at a show.

All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Product Review

Dover Sport Boot

When I am feeling to lazy to wrap Whin's legs I use the Dover Sport Boot.

Whin gives it Three Hooves up!

This Boot looks nice comes in black with white lining or white on white. This boot is also affordable. I have never used other brands of fleece lined boots but this is the most affordable one that I have been able to find. It also protects the leg well from knocks that might happen while riding.  I have found it to keep the leg cooler than polo wraps which is nice during the summer. The white cleans up better than I feared it would.  It doesn't stay looking new for ever but it cleans up well.

The only draw back is durability. I would not call it a rip off, it holds up reasonably but now that I have had a pair for about a year they are starting to look old.  The elastic is starting to wear out and the plastic on the out side is cracked.  I have ridden in them regularly for a year but my last pair of cheap neoprene boots lasted about 5 years.

Over all good for the price, and looks very nice!

All King Edwards Horses Can Make Big Fences

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Getting my feet wet

This was Whins first time out this week. I was a little under the weather so she had 3 days off. She came out really lazy, I think most horses get hotter when not ridden Whin gets more sluggish.  As a result going forward was all that we worked on today. Transitions in the gait, in between gaits. but that was one of my goals so I guess that was good.

After our work out I met up with some eventing friends who convinced me to try to get Whin in to a stream near by.  Whin does not, I repeat does not go into water, not puddles, not trickles of water... it doesn't happen.  
So we walked up to the water the other horses went in Whin stayed out, boy was she nervous, she really wanted to go with her buddies but she was too scared, so she stood shaking by the bank. It really was adorable and pathetic. I just don't think that spurs and whips help much in these situations when a horse is genuinely nervous about something.
One of my friends was wearing rubber boots so she hopped off her horse and tried to lead Whin in, Whin was not having it, It was like she wanted to go in, but was too scared. I thought If I just walk into the water she will decide its ok. I was in by yucky boots with holes any ways, so I bit the bullet.   I hopped off and waded into the stream... sure enough one hoof after the other Whin cautiously stepped in. I then mounted and rode around in the water for a bit.  Ironically she was hard to get back out.

With this mare sometimes I seriously wonder if she doesn't have a twisted sense of humor, that she is like, I am not getting wet  unless you are...
I swear she was laughing as we walked back to the trailer and with every step the water slogged around in my shoes.

All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Local Championships

So  this really is not a big deal, but to me it is kind of a nice thing. I received an email that says that Whin and I qualified for the little local dressage championships.
Last year I went to two really little not even scored schooling shows, I was a ball of nerves and Whin spent most of the warm up rearing, bolting and spooking at every thing from the 4wheeler bringing hay, to the trainer standing still by the side of the arena. It was a mess. So I set my goals low and decided I would take a try at the "short tour" my GMO was hosting this year, with a championship class at the end. I thought it would be a fun way to get Whin and I accustomed to showing and not have the presser of a recognized show or qualifying for Regional Championships.

So this year Whin has grown up a ton and has been a star at shows, she only bucked in one of our tests. (Thanks to the public arena, one day I will have a whole post about public arenas). She is even calmer than my first horse, Pixie, a seasoned had been there done that ottb.  So I am happy with our little accomplishment, over coming my nerves and Whins... Chestnut Mareishness, enough to qualify for the Short Tour Championships.

Who knows maybe next year we will try to qualify for regional Championships

All Fat Bay Mares Can Hardly Ever Kick

Wish List Brown and Blue

I have been style crushing on the USG saddle pads lately as I am sure you could tell. They just come in so many colors with beautiful colors, I think at some point I will need to buy one... with matching fly hood of course!

Helmet- Troxel Dakota
Saddle Pad- KL Select or USG
Fly Hood- KL Select or USG
Bell Boots- Horze
Polo Wraps-Tolkat
Breeches- Pikuer Lagauna
Vest- Irrideon

Monday, July 22, 2013


Dressage is a very traditional sport. I mean when non-dressagey people see my drawings of dressage riders they think I am drawing 18th century people. 

And really they aren't far off. 

I appreciate the tradition and there is a beauty and elegance in the outfit. However the shadbelly is very masculine, in a sport dominated by women.  My mother has always maintained that it is hard to tell the girls from the boys.

Tophats give 0 protection should a rider fall off.  I love the new rule  that all riders not in FEI competition, must wear a helmet at all times while mounted. It smarter and safer, but the traditional look is already thrown off when a rider wears a helmet so why continue on with shadbelly?

Dressage competitions are usually held when it's very hot.  This is a sport, it takes a lot of effort to sit the trot etc. No one wears suit jackets to run track, or play basketball, why do we wear so many layers to ride in?

This year at the  NAJYRC riders were required to wear polo shirts, due to the heat.

I think it looks lovely!  It is still a very tidy clean look, but it is not as hot and allows for more individuality!  Maybe it's time to put function before form, and retire the 1800's look.
What are your opinions?

All King Edwards Horses  Canter Many Big Fences 

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Yesterday I rode Whin at the public arena I usually ride  at, it was deserted (not unusual for this heat). I was really trying to focus on getting her rounder.  I think she was although she also slows a little as she gets rounder.

Doing Canter trot transitions helped, I worked on true lead, trot, counter canter, trot. that really woke her up. I do have to leg her slightly to pick up the  counter canter to the right, but she is obedient. After cantering I brought her back to the trot and did more shoulder in to haunches in, she was much better, it seems that being forward fixes our haunches in problems.

Tomorrow I want to focus more on transitions in Warm up. Especially within the gait. To get her moving off my leg better.

Also I want to hack her out more, really get her endurance up, and do hill work.  I need to round some one up to come with me on a nice hack up the mountain!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lost in Translation

I am not particularly new to dressage, I have been puttering around showing the lower levels for some time. however there are still terms that I have been translating incorrectly. Most recently Thrust, all of the judges kept commenting in the rider marks that we need more thrust.
What is thrust? In  Dreamworks "Chicken Run" they needed more thrust to launch themselves high in the air, in an attempt to fly (I can safely rule that definition out). However I was thinking along the lines of  this.

I kept pondering how an earth I was going to get Whin more forward, faster. Every judge seemed to think that needed to happen. They can't all be wrong? 
I mentioned this to my Trainer in my last lesson, she informed me that I didn't need to go faster or more forward but I needed more of this.

(I know, I know, we all need more of that) Meaning I needed to get Whin to bring her poll a little higher and spring more.  Not go faster. So maybe the "Chicken Run" thing was not so far off.
While its a relief to not have to go faster, we have some work to do, to gain this elusive Thrust!

All King Edwards Horses Call Me Blessed Fool

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Product Review

Redmond Rock

A while ago I noticed that Whin would lick the Dirt. She had one of those big block, salt blocks but she never licked it, so I thought I would try a Redmond Rock.

Whin gives it 4 hooves up!

She has stoped licking the dirt and one side of this rock is licked smooth! A success all around. It is more natural than those processed square salt blocks and Whin seems to think it tastes better.

A Fat Black Mother Cat Had Eight Kittens

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Light Bulb

I had a great ride today, there were some workers building a shed and other horses in the Arena so Whin was nice and forward. She was ohh so very light in the bridle, sitting on her haunches (well at least as much as we do in our showing first level schooling second sort of way), prompt off the leg. Basicly a dream horse to ride.
In last weeks lesson I learned that trying to twist my body into a pretzel during renvers, and haunches in is counter productive.  When I sit up striaght Whin can do nice almost forward going lateral work. It was an epifany.
Mabey one day I will figure out how to get out of Whin's way and then we will have nice rides all the time.
All King Edward's Horses Can't Make Big Fences

Wish List

I though this green and brown selection would be fun for schooling in the summer!

1. Le Miuex Polo wraps
2. KL Select fly hood in Apple Green
3. KL Select saddle pad in Apple Green
4. Horze Grand Prix Breeches
5. DeNiro Boots in Brown
6. Kerrits top in celery
7. Horze diamond quilted vest
8. Eskadron sheepskin lined bell boots in brown
9. Troxel Dakota helmet

All King Edwards Horses Call Me Blessed Fool

Sunday, July 14, 2013

5 tips for memorizing dressage tests

I am dreadful at memorizing tests. Then get me stressed and throw me in the arena and it gets even worse! 
So I thought I would share some of the tricks I use to keep those test firmly in my brain.

1. Draw a mini arena and draw the test out with a pencil or pen

2. Make a mini arena with imaginary or real dressage letters and do the test on foot.

3. Watch the test you are going to ride on Youtube. 

4. Visualize yourself riding the test when your falling asleep, board at work, on a bus etc. 

5. Ride the test on your horse. I used to be very opposed to this, because horses seem to be so keen on memorizing the tests, however for me it is absolutely necessary, its very hard to get the feel of riding the movements correctly and in order if you never do it. So use sparingly, but it can really help.

A Fine Bay Mare Came Home Eating Kale

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Horse Show

A blurry picture of Whin clean and ready for the show!

I am so proud of Whin today, we went to a little local show, She did so nicely. She is growing up I no longer feel like I am going to die when we ride in crowded  warm up arenas.

We still have a lot to work on but we won both our test with decent scores.  I need to work on the  geometry, that held us back a bit. Our second test was better geometry wise but we were both tired (we both need to get into better shape).

The good: Our halts were respectable no hula butt, and we nailed the trot canter trot transition. Only three strides of trot! Better leg yields than in other tests

The Bad: I got too greedy on what was probably the best lengthening we have ever done, so she broke to canter.

The Beautiful: Whin all clean and braided.

The Ugly:  A Huge spook when the Judge rang the bell.

All and all it was a good day winning both our tests, I think with more mileage for both of us we will get better and better!

All King Edwards Horses Carry Many Brave Fellows

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hula Dancing Horse

So the big accomplishment was a halt, I know I know, but last winter we completely lost the ability to halt. Whin developed what my trainer called a Hula Butt, meaning we halt the haunches swing left, then she shuffles forward and sometimes swings her haunches right. Needless to say we usually score a 5 on the halt.
Yesterday I decided I would run over some things that were in the tests we are going to do this weekend. The halt being one of these movements. I had her trotting nicely I put my legs on took a deep breath and thought about riding each hoof to a halt,
And she did, no Hula Butt every hoof landed and stayed where it was!
I also figured out how to half-halt a bit better, I need to release the pressure (I know duh, that is like the first thing one ever learns about the half halt) even if I didn't feel her round up that little bit more, I think Whin is reacting and I am just not being sensitive enough yet to feel it, then if I want more roundness I just repeat the half halt.
 All King Edwards Horses Can Make Best Friends

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wish List Show Season

I started doing these little out fit things... they are so fun, since Whin and I are going to a show next weekend I thought a show wish list would be in order. 
 Cream and Grey (I know the creams vary but I can only hope they would be close enough in real life)

Stock Tie: From Dressage Extensions permanent press stock tie
Dressage Jacket: Cavallo Galathea
Boots: Konig
Helmet: Charles Owen GR8 Black and Charcoal
Breeches: Pikeur Mondega Cream
Fly Hood: KL Select Cream and Grey
Saddle Pad: KL Select Cream and Grey

I think Cream and Grey would look dreamy on a chestnut (or any horse really)
Disclaimer, I am not sure if fly hoods are legal in dressage competitions, in the USA right now.

All King Edwards Horses Canter  Beautifully Forward

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Whin was good today, we practiced some of the stuff we worked on in our lesson. We even had a few really nice strides in the haunches in right. (gotta count the baby steps). 

The Canter work was nice, although we were having a tough time getting the the walk right away. maybe I should practice this a little less. Whin over thinks it and gets a bit stressed, they seem to get worse not better if I work on them 3 + times a week maybe once or twice is better.

Yesterday I didn't have time to ride so I just worked in hand nothing big I just wanted to get her brain going. I sure got a work out though, running around with a 16.3 horse is tiring! Its good for me and much needed I am out of shape.

All King Edwards Horses Canter Merrily Between Fences

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th

My lesson was today, It was good, I have an awesome instructor.  But I thought I would be all cleaver and get Whin going forward by hacking her out on the trail before my lesson.
Fail. She walked at a funeral pace the whole time, and then I didn't have enough time to get her going off my leg before my lesson. Ohh well now I know what not to do.

Other than being behind my leg (and therefore a little more on the forehand than is to be desired) Whin was very good.  We worked on some new things today which is always exciting, we started Renvers and played around with a little half pass.  We have a long way to go but it was fun to introduce new movements.

Just last week in my lesson the shoulder in clicked, we had a light bulb moment and the shoulder in became easy, I am still waiting for that to happen with the Haunches in once I get her bent enough the forward shuts down, I just have to figure out what I am doing to get in the way the haunches in.

Our canter walk transitions are coming along going to the right we get a trot step sometimes, going to the left we stop so fast it would make a reining horse jealous (ok not really).

Happy Independence day

All Fat Bay Mares Can Hardly Ever Kick

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Catch up day

Umm.... So I kind of already failed at actually keeping a riding journal here. but I will catch up today. Are break through for Mon. and Tues. Forward is our friend even in lateral work. We have finally managed to go forward through the leg yield and all of a sudden no more wiggling her head around and much better consistency! Hurray.

Despite the heat Whin has been more forward the last little while.  No complaints there.

Next goal Haunches in consistently instead of bend lose bend. gain bend lose tempo ect.

Today will just be a hacking out sort of day so we can be energized for our lesson. what better way to spend the 4th of July than Riding!

All King Edwards Horses Carry Mighty Brave Fellows

Sunday, June 30, 2013

In my dreams

Sundays are Whin's day off, so the exercise she got was galloping across the pasture to find her favorite spot to graze. So my post today will be about wonderful Matchy Matchy sets that I will most likely never own.
These lovely sets form Schokemohle
I think they would look great on a red head
and  it's not matchy but the dog shouldn't be left out!

All King Edwards Horses Carry Many Beautiful Foals

Saturday, June 29, 2013

False Advertisement

The Name of this blog is a bit misleading, Its really just about one horse and there are no Kings or Edwards involved with this blog.  It is however a riding journal of my daily (almost) struggle to master (or even grasp the smallest concept of) the "Art" of Dressage.
 Knowing myself I will probably also feel the need to share pictures of  beautiful saddle pads that I only dream about owning and outfitting my Mare with.
 I suppose this is when I should introduce myself, I am an illustrator and riding is my hobby. I have owned Whin since she was a yearling.Whin, is a chestnut mare that very much lives up to the stereotype of the redhead mare.  

We are pretty low key and we are just showing first level in local competitions.
If you want to follow along with our adventures on this little blog please do.

All King Edward's Horses Can Make Best Friends