Infinity Farm

Relaxed and Forward; A Horse/Life Blog is my quest to understand and explain the deep and powerful connection between humans and horses.

Awe is the word that best describes what I feel about horses.  After an entire life with horses, I continue to be awestruck by them daily; spellbound by their intellect and humor, by their strength and physicality, by their breath on my cheek.

Part of the awe of horses is their fragility. From their first steps to the geriatric years, every day we have with them is a kind of victory over the impossibility of their beauty and frailty.

The beauty of a horse is the sum of his bravery and vulnerability. Maybe that beauty is what we humans aspire to emulate.

We share our home barn with llamas, goats, ducks, and Edgar Rice Burro, our moral compass. And a few dogs and cats. You can expect them each to creep into my writing from time to time.

My name is Anna Blake and I’m a horse advocate, equine professional, award-winning author, and proud member of the herd at Infinity Farm, on the Colorado prairie. I train horses and riders communication skills and dressage, and I write parables about horses and life.

It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.  ~Mark Twain

18 comments

  1. I’m grateful to my friend, Judy Hancock, for telling me about your blog, Anna. I signed up today and look forward to reading your articles. I love what you say about our equine friends.

  2. I am so glad to have our horses and dogs and cats. Thank you for your insight and knowledge and being able to put it down on paper. Look forward to reading about your life with your pets.

  3. As an ex-eventer and now, a dressage rider, I have reached a point where none of it was enough. I still needed that last piece of the puzzle where my horse could really teach ME. After learning the breathing, calming techniques and living in slow motion around my horse I could finally start to here her. Every word in your book, “Relaxed and Forward” was a validation of what I have been feeling. I’m attending your clinic and I can’t wait for more good reads. Thank you

    • Barbara, hello. Thanks for the kind words; I’m looking forward to meeting you. I hear you, the “enough” that I wanted was understanding…

  4. “The simplest things can kill them, and the most awful they survive.”

    Thank you for the Walter Zettl tribute. I only met him once and remembered him giving sugar to the horses when they took their bits, and mixing in German words in his training. “Sehr gut” “Jawohl”! We talked about Germany, where I live. I saw him in Seattle, where I’m from.

    I’m having a hard time lately feeling comfortable on my horse. We had a good day today though, it helped today to think about your ideas while I rode. How often do I say no, how often yes/good?

    I didn’t die, so it was a good day.

    http://horsecrazyamerican.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-dreaded-but-good-ride.html

    ~lytha

  5. Hi Anna
    I attended your clinic at Lady Luck as a spectator. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I wish I’d taken part with my horse but was still inspired just watching.
    Thank you so much. I’m hoping you come this way again.
    Anne

  6. Hi, Anna, I attended your clinic at Little Creek Farm, Decatur, Georgia, in November 2017, and loved every minute. I bought all three of your books, and, procrastinator that I am, have only finished one: “Stable Relation.” Your description of how to get a donkey (Ernest, I think it was) into the house was the funniest thing I’ve ever read! I’m enjoying “Barn Dance” now and just wanted to let you know. What I really need is “Relaxed and Forward” and will get to that soon. Two days ago I rode my horse for the first time since Nov. 1, 2017. I broke my shoulder (walking, not horseback riding) on Nov. 3, 2017, and after 6 months of physical therapy (no surgery), the shoulder is mostly healed. The first ride was very comfortable, thankfully.
    Best to you and your family,
    Judy

  7. Thank you, Anna, for your beautiful new book and the signed message to my horse and me! I love the book and have almost finished it, even though I’m not literary enough to usually appreciate poetry.

    Don’t want you to feel pressured, but can’t wait for your next book!

    Judy

    • I used to think I wasn’t “literary enough” to write poetry… but poetry is many things. And another book coming in the next few months!! Thanks Judy.

  8. Thank you, Anna, for your beautiful new book and the signed message to my horse and me! I love the book and have almost finished it, even though I am not literary enough to usually appreciate poetry.

    Don’t want you to feel pressured, but I can’t wait for your next book!

    Judy

  9. Katie Andraski shared your newest book of poetry with us today on Facebookand I ordered the book. I was raised out West and a family member always had horses. I live in the middle of Chicago (no horses here) but my Mission Bungalow is filled with art where they are at the center. Author L.B. Johnson

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