Nemo's Manger Commute Route

It was raining pretty hard the other night, not too cold yet but with a predicted change to snow later in the evening. I just wanted to get the horses to bed, tucked into a cozy shed with fresh straw…

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On Being Three

It must be interesting being three years old. I can’t really remember it but if I could, I know we lived next door to the old Woodbine Racetrack, at Woodbine and Queen, and the smell of the stable must have…
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14 rides

Jake now has 14 rides under his cinch, so to speak. I only get on him when someone is around so that's kept it slow. We've done walk and trot so far, a bit of turn on the forehand, working…
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Decisions, decisions...

Jake will be three in May. I see other young horses being ridden and I just can't do that to Jake yet. He's a big boy but he's still growing. If you read Deb Bennett's work on the maturation of…
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Eggs - Over Easy Please.

I learn something new every day. Yesterday I bought eggs at the grocery store for the first time in a few years. We have our own hens, three of them, and they happily lay their eggs around the yard, but…
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Puck Face Smile

Yesterday young Spike, now towering over me at 15.2, comes over with blood smeared on that big white nose. "Oh, Spike, what have you done?" He sucked up a fair bit of cooing and fuss, loving every minute of it…
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Brats

Brats. Both of them. Each in their own way.
Aside from finishing out the show season with Spike, not much has happened with both boys over the last few months, but that is about to change...
We've just completed our…
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Report Card Time!


Our two-year-old, Jake, has been getting lessons maybe three times a week. He's doing showmanship, getting led from both sides, learning the cues to walk, whoa and stand square like a pro. I've been longing him with a surcingle in…
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Summer School for Horses

Both Jake and Spike have been pretty busy so far this summer. 
Spike has shown twice so far with his mother Holly along too. They're both showing halter so it is working really well. Gotta say, it's a real treat…
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Watching The Boys

Guy McLean says he likes to watch his horses in the field so he gets an idea of what they are capable of doing, then he wants to bring that out when he works with them. 

Well, he should be…

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It's in their genes

 I'm finding it interesting to compare the two boys, Jake and Spike, and their genetic predispostion for their careers. 
Jake is the prankster. He has been that way since day one, with a little twinkle in his eye that…
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Using the Herd

It takes a herd to raise a horse. What's interesting is being able to use the herd to tackle different issues. 
Young Jake has become a bit of a punk. His  step-dad, Cody, is the boss of the herd.…