Week Nine with Solar: Stay Lively

WEEK NINE. The other evening I rode Solar in a thunderstorm. It was late, and dark, and we rode in the outdoor arena under the light of a single lamppost. Lightning periodically illuminated the dark landscape, clear as day. Throaty thunder rumbled through the Skookumchuck Valley. And warm rain soaked us […] Read more »

Day 57 Continued: Water Jump Cross-Country Schooling

Solar and Chesna in water jump

DAY 57. Only seven miles from Nayborly Farms you’ll discover Northwest Equestrian Center (NWEC), a fabulous three-day eventing facility. NWEC offers excellent schooling options for an inexperienced cross-country horse like Solar. The main agenda for this ride was to introduce Solar to a water jump for the first time. And […] Read more »

DAY 50: Solar’s Conformation Progress Report

DAY 50. Move over Brad Pitt, here’s an updated conformation picture of Solar halfway through the 100-Day Trainer Challenge. Solar’s been in excellent health and soundness from day one, so he doesn’t look tremendously different. But there are some changes. Since he’s been in the field, his color has bleached from […] Read more »

Day 44: Typical Training Ride with Solar

Horse cantering in the woods

Featured below is video footage from an “average” training ride with Solar, narrated to explain what we are doing. Lately we’ve been starting our rides with a brief trail ride and some hillwork. In the video we work on counter-bending, moving the shoulders, establishing rhythm and relaxation, and transitions. We […] Read more »

Solar is as Pretty as a Picture

Portrait of Solar by Emily Dieleman

This beautiful portrait of Solar was done by my friend Emily Dieleman. Many wonderful people have been supporting Solar and I so far in the Prodigious Fund’s 100-Day Trainer Challenge. I wanted to recognize these folks with a thank you gesture, but with what? A lock of Solar’s hair? A hoofprint […] Read more »