horse story

“Hard Lessons” a horse story

“Hard Lessons” By Kathy Rogers Years ago, I boarded my mother/son Arabian duo at a large ranch, near a big lake, in the beautiful but dry Almaden Valley of California.   At the time, Kalero was just a yearling, and even though I rode his mother on a regular basis, I tried hard to set aside a block of time to “work” with the youngster. Calero Ranch is a sprawling equestrian…


“A kid, a horse and a tree….”

“Mommy, look how high he can jump!” Cori exclaimed as she came around the backside of the small, fenceless arena on the banks of Guadalupe Creek. Cori loved to jump her Sonny and today’s jump was a downed tree branch in the middle of the arena. Sonny was an awesome horse and my daughter, even at eleven was already big and strong. But Sonny was half pony, and even though…


“A Forced Study in Patience”, lesson learned…

A Forced Study in Patience by Kathy Rogers Buck was a tall, cool, older, gentleman horse of bay coloring. He had been a working cow horse most of his life and had ended up rather lazy and uninterested in pleasure riding. And although Buck could be a good trail horse at times, he had acquired the frustrating habit of grazing while walking. And, being one of those long-necked running-quarter horses,…


“Buried at Trail” a story of ignorance

“I haven’t seen old Yankee out for a long time”, I pointed out to the pleasant young blond woman now working a curry over the big buckskin. “That’s right!” she explained. “Bob said I could ride him in the Ride and Tie today up in QuickSilver Park!” My brain quickly calculated the ride and concluded that the start to the Ride and Tie was about three miles and 900 feet…


“To martingale, or not to martingale…

“To martingale, or not to martingale?” By Kathy Rogers   “Where’s the martingale? You know he needs to be ridden in a martingale”, I could not have been more clear.. “That was then, this is now”, smiled Tracy. “I’ve been working on his ground manners and riding him everyday. He is doing so well at giving his head to the bit, that I don’t even need the martingale”. Now Kalero was…


“Picture this…” a horse story blog

Picture this… by Kathy Rogers “You know horses think in pictures”. Tracy made the statement in such a matter of fact tone,  I didn’t even bother to question her. “And if you want to communicate properly with them, you have to think in pictures too”. Well of course you do. Made sense to me. Horses are herd animals. Watch a herd of any animal traverse an open plain and you…