Another reason to ride

Incentive Riding Programs Post

In my latest EQUUS magazine article to publish on line I talk about why I choose to participate in an incentive riding program and why I think you should too.  Continue reading

Trail Riding Adventures at the Milky Way Farm

My love for trail riding the Milky Way Farm has grown each of the past three years that I have done it. It never fails to be chocked full of delightful surprises. My respect for the sheer magnitude and beauty of the farm is unrivaled.

This year my friend and I started planning for our trip well in advance. We deepened our historical research of the farm. We reviewed maps. We came up with a plan to see the  ruins of the famous Crooked Sheep Barn and to locate what remained of the 5/8’s mile Show Horse Track. We were not disappointed. Come along with me on a pictorial guide of our ride. Continue reading

Life on the Milky Way: Keeping Special Memories Alive & Well

I’ve posted many times about visiting and trail riding the Milky Way Farm (Pulaski, TN) but why is it so special to me? For a time, long ago, I lived and worked on a part of the original farm. Although it feels like a world away now my experiences there helped to shape me. I thought to enjoy sharing with you some of my personal photographs of one of the most amazing times of my life. Continue reading

Remembering Dixie

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I’ve never really talked about her on here before but one of those “On This Day” memories popped up on my Facebook feed and just like that I had to stop and catch my breath as tears formed in my eyes.  I need to share her story with you. The “she” I am referring to is a dog and this is supposed to be a blog about horses but this dog, she was something else. She enriched my life with horses in so many ways. I miss her still. Allow me to explain. Continue reading

Riding Alone

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Fortunately, my mare is among the most steadfast for riding alone.

Horseback riding alone doesn’t appeal to everyone but for me it is a necessity. None, and I mean none, of my family rides or even shares my affinity for horses. I own only a single horse that lives alone on our personal farm. That means I don’t board anywhere that might have friends that I can ride with. Before you start to feel sorry for me it’s really okay. I’ve come to enjoy riding alone almost as much as when I am riding with friends. When I do ride with friends we have a fantastic time traveling to horse shows and even trail riding together but the bottom line is that I do much of my riding alone. Continue reading

Sharing Memories and Looking Forward to Spring

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View #6 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm. Additional photos can be found in the content.

The weather the past couple of days in particular has me feeling melancholy. Yesterday was a dreary and cloudy day with intermittent rain showers. Today is much the same except that it is much colder out; the rain is more frequent with an occasional wintry mix. Add to the mix a visit to one of my favorite places on earth, the Milky Way Farm located in picturesque Giles County, TN, and you have a combination that both reminds me of old but good times that live on in my memories (alongside a sadness at their passing) and thoughts of Spring. Continue reading

Because sometimes you just need a trail ride on a place that’s out of this world

*This post was updated on June 10, 2017 and includes additional photographs.

If you’re a regular follower you already know that I’m a huge fan of the Milky Way Farm in Giles County, TN. Hands down it is one of my favorite places on earth. It always has been ever since I first visited the place thirty years ago as a sixteen year old kid. Although I’ve always gone back as often as I can, my husband inspired a Christmas time visit a few years ago which led me to publishing my first book. The book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians,” was a look at an historical Arabian horse breeding program once located on what remains a part of the Milky Way Farm. I lived and worked there during an especially important period of my life. In 2015, I encouraged a group of ladies to go on a trail ride of the Milky Way. Immediately they were as hooked as I was and we quickly agreed to make the trip an annual one. The following pictorial post includes photographs taken during return visits to the farm in 2013, 2015, and 2016. We are already planning to ride it again! If you’ve never visited before you should run, not walk, to take a visit! I’ve provided descriptions of photographs where appropriate. After viewing them I just know you’ll want to see the Milky Way Farm in person!

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