On The Road Again

On the Road Again Preparation for extensive travel takes time, just as all things worthwhile require effort and patience with oneself to achieve. Planning is tedious, time consuming, and fraught with frustrations. It also requires the team work of those involved and an understanding of their anxiety. Gene is worried about his medication and health. What else; he is a doctor. Amy is worried about getting everything done before she leaves. I am worried about making sure there are no unforeseen circumstances. And Elaine, my administrative assistant, is just going to be glad when we are on our way. The …

Back to England

We are off to England today to pick up the SUV. After its stay in Europe, it will be made available to family when they visit. We expect to stay in Brighton on the south coast of England. This was the destination of horse drawn coaches that traveled south out of London carrying people to this beautiful location. We will travel through the Euro Tunnel each way; and once back on the Continent, we will drive to Spain to meet Regina, who knows all the horse breeders and trainers. More importantly, she speaks fluent Spanish.

War Horse Wins Awards in the USA and United Kingdom

The War Horse wins the Tony this year for Best Play and The Equine Heritage Institute’s award for preserving the history of the horse. What an accomplishment. Congratulation “Joey”! WWI was a devastating war with 10 million civilians killed, 10 million military dead, and 10 million horses and mules destroyed. Europe was traumatized and property destruction was of a magnitude never experienced as the Kaiser stomped through country after country. The National Theatre of London has brought to light this tragedy in its production of the play War Horse. June 9th I was accompanied by Nick and Liz Byers, their …

It is fascinating to try to list all of the various jobs that horses in draft still have today. They have been in the service of man (and woman) for thousands of years and their modern day “outfits” (harnesses and carriages) are all slightly different. Today’s various types of driving … Amish – The Amish drive black and gray enclosed traditional Amish style carriages … black democrat wagons or black road carts. Known as a “plain people,” they use a practical harness for roadwork. They drive either trotting or pacing horses … most commonly of the Standardbred, Morgan, or American …

Driving Diversity Appreciate All – Part III

Dividing light-horse driving into two forms is often helpful: modern and traditional driving. To understand these contrasting forms of light-horse driving a comparison can be made to automobile competitions … Combined Driving is like NASCAR racing and Pleasure Driving is similar to the exhibition of classic cars. Combined Driving requires the sturdy new carriages that have been built to handle the sharp turns and maintain the speed while navigating the hazards. In addition, the Combined Driving horse does not have to work in the company of other horse when exhibited. It works alone in the dressage ring, on the marathon …

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