Since 2004...blogging before blogging was cool!

It's not a blog, it's a training diary!

For years I kept a handwritten notebook training diary under the front seat of my truck. I started doing this back in the 90's. Even then I did the majority of my riding all alone with no feedback. I often felt like I was spinning my wheels, getting nowhere. I decided back them to keep track of what I was doing, what I was accomplishing with my training, my results and failures. Occasionally when I got discouraged, I would page back in my training notebook and see where I was a month or year ago, and reassure myself that yes, I was making progress.

The struggle is real...

...and so are the victories!

In 2004 Corky was born. I decided to chronicle her training from weaning date onward, and to do so on my website for my own records. I started off fairly small, with the occasional diary entry. I had no idea there would be so many others in the same boat (riding and attempting to train alone) that would be interested in reading my daily drivel! Over the years the readership has grown by amazing numbers, and I love getting comments and messages from everyone as they read something that interests them or that they might have some additional advice to give me.

Honesty is the best (and only) policy!

Take off those rose-colored glasses!

I have striven to be frank and honest in my writings (much to the chagrin of others!). What's the purpose of sugar-coating things? No one wants to read about a supposed "perfect" horse (or perfect dog!). That animal doesn't exist, except in some peoples' minds. We've all been there - had hard-to-train horses and dogs, successes and failures, training mountains to climb, hardships, and disasters. Hey, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?

Gone to the dogs...

...and loving every minute of it.

When I got my first show dog, I started chronicling my dog training and showing trials and tribulations. Think you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Well this old dog (me!) is proving that saying WRONG!

Start from the beginning...

“Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.”


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  • 2023
    Sometimes the easiest path delivers you to the smallest successes. The big successes, the big goals, those are usually at the end of a long, twisty, bumpy, hilly, badly-paved road. You have to be willing to drive the long, uncomfortable drive. I have to remind myself often that the journey is long and hard, but the rewards can be AWESOME!
  • 2022
    If I've learned anything from last year, it is that life is unpredictable. You only get one chance to live, so I don't plan on wasting a single second! I have so many plans and goals, at what point does it become too much?
  • 2021
    Reality is so different than I had ever expected. I hate the term "new normal", but that's what it is. Struggling to stay the course when everything around seems to be collapsing...
  • 2020
    The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. The year of the pandemic, hey, I didn't sign up for this!
  • 2019
    Realism, Redirection, and Re-Focus
  • 2018
    3rd time's a charm, maybe? Struggling with goals...
  • 2017
    Expecting a foal, showing a new puppy, it's a year for babies!
  • 2016
    An amazing, unforgettable year showing Pretzel, breeding Corky. I BLEW UP some goals this year!
  • 2015
    2015 was a Ca-RAZY year! Complete life remodeling, complete change of goals mid-stream, and some epic moments that I never expected when the year started out!
  • 2014
    Entering a new phase of my life - Dog Agility! Follow my usual struggles with training an "interesting" hunter under saddle horse...
  • 2013
    Follow along as Tango turns 3 and entered the show ring for the first time, and I continue to struggle with dog training and learning about dog showing.
  • 2012 Dog
    Getting my new Weimaraner puppy and starting him on basic obedience...and conformation showing!
  • 2012 Horse
    Getting ready to break Tango under saddle!
  • 2011
    Dealing with injury, and training two yearlings!
  • 2010
    Setting goals, trying new training techniques, and experiencing unexpected heartbreak.
  • 2009
    Preparing for Taylor's first foal, another heartbreak, and more training fun!
  • 2008
    Training ups and downs, and starting Taylor on her breeding career.
  • 2007
    It's the big year - three year old futurities...and an amazing Congress experience!
  • 2006
    Corky's 2 year old year - the fun days of breaking and training under saddle.
  • 2004-05
    The year that started it all! Starting with Corky's weaning, into her yearling year. Longe line training, showing at the futurities, culminating with the longe line at Congress.

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