Last Call memorial poem for Vania Smrkovski

My friend Vania Smrkovski passed away at the end of June. His celebration of life/memorial service was Monday, July 19th, in downtown Knoxville. Most of the people there knew Vania from his theatre and film work, but some of us knew him from college and work.  A selection of Vania’s short films was shown during the memorial. So poignant to...

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Breezy glamour shots

Breezy is now six and has matured in to a stunning mare. She’s such a ham and loves showing off. My mom is going to a large show this summer and wants me to take Breezy. I’m not sure I’ll be able to so I wanted to do a photo shoot so mom would have some pictures. I have a...

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Surfacing

There are owls outside in the woods, hooting and echoing to each other. The cat ignores them, languorous on the cat tree, awaiting royal attention. She doesn’t feel the stress of my days except when it is all too much. Then she reaches a paw out and taps my hand, reminding me that the center of the world does indeed...

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Breezy has come a long way

Breezy’s first saddle was a Passier Compact. It was very comfortable, but she outgrew it over the winter. I took the saddle on trial for a weekend knowing I’d be able to return it if it didn’t fit. So our first ride was in the Passier Compact. The trial was over three rides, number three is in the video below....

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Miss A and Miss B save the day

Or maybe just save my sanity. It’s been five months since Kasane died. I realized this afternoon when a friend of mine asked what had happened. I looked at the clock and realized it was almost the same time I had made the decision to put Kasane down. 4:30 PM. I held it together long enough to get through the...

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Stay-at-home orders and riding

I have avoided posting on here since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out mostly because I write about my time with the horses. There has been a lot going on, with fallout from Kasane’s passing, Andromeda arriving, and Breezy deciding she was going to be a Royal Chestnut Mare. The stay-at-home orders that were enacted in North Carolina initially said that...

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Humor: Equine social distancing

All you need is a fly mask and a grazing muzzle and you’re golden! Ready for our outing to Cosco! That’s Isis in her grazing muzzle and fly mask. She had to wear a grazing muzzle any time she was in a field with any amount of grass. She had equine metabolic syndrome. Think of it like a pre-diabetic condition...

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Wonkiness when riding

I am a reasonable rider. I have a good seat and most of the things that Breezy does when she is um… “asserting” her opinion I don’t have any trouble staying on. What got me was when she started getting nervous or jittery in the ring a few weeks ago. I’d get on her and it felt like I was...

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Introducting Andromeda

Andromeda arrived from Texas today after a long ride with Blue Ribbon Horse Transportation. She was a brave girl and walked down the ramp from her box stall and into her new paddock. She settled in and said hello to all of her neighbors. This will be a new adventure for both of us. I’ve had primarily Arabians and she...

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Migraine today, thank you weather

I managed to work through a sinus headache today because, at the time, it wasn’t interfering with my reading. Until the weather front really got here and now it’s like a pounding headache that hurts whether my eyes are open or closed, whether I look at a computer screen or not. Nausea is also not a fun thing. I am...

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Reclaiming space

My friend and I are supposed to have riding lessons on Saturday. It’s supposed to rain Friday night and part of Saturday morning, so there is a chance things will be too wet to ride. Before my ride, my friend suggested maybe we could haul our horses to my instructor’s barn and use her indoor arena. This would normally seem...

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Riding through grief

Grief does weird things to your head. It makes you feel fragile, as if any little thing might make you react in a way that might not be appropriate to the situation. That first week after Kasane died, I visited with Breezy a lot. Mostly just stood out in her field with her or groomed her. Just to be near...

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Breezy’s ride on 30 Dec 2019

My riding instructor has been riding Breezy once or twice a week since Kasane isn’t ready for lessons yet. We opted to put Kasane’s lesson and ride times towards Breezy. These rides have been a tremendous help for Breezy. She’s learning how to canter with someone who has far more confidence than me when cantering. This confidence is so important...

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