Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

Maybe it’s just simple math.

WM Edgar eye sunset

Maybe it’s just simple math.

The ongoing tally of giving versus withholding;
Of offering the benefit of the doubt.

And at the end of day, a messy sum remains.
Life as we choose it.

Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Equine Pro

(WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo–I enjoy twisting these macro prompts to share our micro life here on the Colorado prairie. My photos are taken with my phone, on my farm. No psych, definitely not high tech.

Cherry on Top

Rescue: Training the Things We Take for Granted

I thought all corgis slept belly up and snored like your weird uncle.

WM Preacher splootLethargy. Sweltering with a non-specific stickiness. Flies. More flies. Dilly-dallying. These are the wilting Dog Days of Summer, named for Sirius, the Dog Star. No connection to the napping habits of dogs so deflated by the heat that a sploot position on the linoleum is the smart choice.

Preacher Man is having a good summer. I haven’t been able to find the toenail clippers and sometimes a good day can be best described by what doesn’t happen. Continue reading “Rescue: Training the Things We Take for Granted”

Photo Challenge: Details

Survival List

WM ArthurlegSpirit

Search the horizon Lean into the wind Rage against monsters.

Then find ground in the details Rest in minutia Let Peace rise.

Begin again.

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Defending Horses with Words and Money

We always wring out hands and coo to each other about the suffering caused by cruel training. Enough already.

WM BrisaEyeFair warning: I’m going to ask you to do a favor for horses. It will involve some of your time and the money that you spend anyway.

I try to avoid any photos of abuse. I don’t share them because they titillate perpetrators. Besides, I’ve seen enough cruelty for a thousand lifetimes. Continue reading “Defending Horses with Words and Money”

Photo Challenge: Look Up.

Love is easy.

WM Spirit sky

Look up to him?  We all do.

Horses would benefit

if we loved them less

and respected them more.

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The Trailer Isn’t the Problem.

What will your horse remember the next time you load?

WM Trailer GraceThe owner said his horse had trailer issues. He’d watched a video and used a whip and rope, with bad results. Then he hired a local trainer but after two hours of fighting with his hysterical horse, she gave up and left. Now the horse was even worse, the owner said, and dangerous.

The trailer isn’t the problem. It’s always my first thought. Continue reading “The Trailer Isn’t the Problem.”

Photo Challenge: Opposites.

Cradled as close as skin.


WM Andante movement3 Stillness bounded by movement, offered without demand.
Independent, connected,
Cradled as close as skin,
but set free.

At peace in the eye of the hurricane.

Continue reading “Photo Challenge: Opposites.”