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Happy Birthday Takoma

I just wanted to do a quick post to say Happy Birthday (Month) to Takoma Star!! She is 36! I have had Takoma since I was 11 – she was my very first pony. She is in pretty good health for 36; she’s a little blind and hard of hearing, but she has maintained a […]

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Who’s the Shark?

**This originally appeared in Mid-Atlantic Jack Rescue’s monthly newsletter, The Howler. It’s an update about my little Julep!** As a lifelong equestrian, I have been around Jack Russells for years. There was always one or two at the barns at which I rode, running around wildly and just being generally adorable. I always knew I […]


Valentine Misty

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy 13th Birthday to my Misty!! My wildest child is 13 years old today – a teenager! I can’t believe I’ve had my silly girl since she was 4. How time flies when you’re having fun! Also, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, then you might remember that […]


2016 in Review

I am typically not one who complains about the years. There are good and bad days within each and every year, so it’s hard for me to generalize an entire year as bad. But this year was one of those for me, and if social media is any judge, it wasn’t so great for most. […]


Meet Mint Julep

If you follow my Instagram account, then you know that last month I adopted a rescue dog! After being a one-dog family for nine years, we recently adopted Mint Julep, a Jack Russell terrier mix, and she has absolutely stolen my heart! James and I had decided that when we moved to our farm more […]


Happy + Birthday

I find that I do more reflecting on my life around my birthday than at the start of a new year. I recently celebrated my 34th birthday, and I have to say, I am so happy with where I am in life. Is my life perfect? No, but it’s perfect for me. I have a […]


The Good Life

Of course I’m biased because it’s all I’ve ever known, but the country life is the best life, the simple life. The only way to live! My husband grew up outside of Washington, DC, so when we met, he was all city. He had never seen a horse up close. The only wildlife he ever […]


Long Weekend

Don’t you love it when Thursday is your Friday? That’s me right now. I have one more hour before I can sign off and enjoy another three-day weekend! After months of being under construction with the home renovation from heck (more on that later), it will be nice to unwind and relax now that everything […]


Personal Pony Update

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my babies – sorry! Everyone is doing well, mostly, so I’m very thankful for that! Takoma Star We’ll start with the eldest in the family. My 35 year old love is doing so well. She has Cushing’s, but for the first year in quite some time, she […]


Childhood Memories

I saw this picture on a friend’s FB and it really hit home. How many of you out there used to do the same thing? I ALWAYS pretended either a) I WAS a horse, or b) I was riding my imaginary horse. When I was really young, I used to take a bunch of yarn, […]


Blizzard 2016

Wow – what a weekend! So I think, technically, what we had was not, in fact, a blizzard. Apparently the snow didn’t fall quickly enough per hour for it to be classified as such, but I’m classifying it. We had a blizzard! It started snowing Friday evening and did not let up until very late […]


Resolutions + Projects

I must confess, for the first time in quite a few years, I did not make any New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because I usually don’t keep them – or only keep half. I normally feel pretty good about that until my husband reminds me that half is only 50%, which is failing. So this year […]


An Equestrian Christmas

How was your Christmas? Mine was wonderful – lots of time with family and friends! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t so great; it rained almost all day on Christmas Eve and Day. But at least it was rather warm, which I’ve been really into! Who needs a White Christmas? Not this Maryland Equestrian! Below are a […]


Merry Christmas!

Hi friends! This will most likely be my last post until after Christmas. I’m sure you’re all like me right now – busy busy! I am, for the first time ever, finished my wrapping already! I’m usually that person who is still wrapping on Christmas Eve, so I feel pretty great about that! Below are […]


Be Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have some wonderful activities planned for this long weekend ahead! I am off to my in-laws’ tomorrow and then will hit the stores with my mom and sister for some shopping on Black Friday. Susan has a horse show on Saturday, so I’ll be helping her with her new […]


What’s New

I haven’t posted recently about my horse-kids, so here’s an update! Takoma Star You may recall my mentioning earlier this spring that Takoma had lost a lot of weight during the winter. It was just brutal for the old guys. But, finally, thankfully, she has started to pick up some pounds! She now gets three […]


Home Sweet Home

Hi friends – I’m back! If you follow me on Instagram @marylandequestrian, you probably figured out that I was on vacation last week. My husband and I started off in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at the Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean concert at Metlife Stadium. Later that night, we drove into Manhattan where we stayed […]


A Weekend in Review

Did you all have a nice weekend? The weather here was pretty perfect – warm, but low humidity. I got to do all my favorite things this weekend: ride, read, work outside, and see my family. Saturday started out with a wonderful ride on Bailey. He’s finally starting to bend a little easier and doesn’t […]


Sketch

Last week Patrick Nguyen (@dozfy), a restaurant/bar/brewery artist, contacted me on Instagram and inquired about sketching the below picture of Bailey. It will appear on a menu at Terra Plata in Seattle on, apparently, paella night! I think it turned out very well! How cool that Bailey Boy is famous! +36   


Rain Check

Rain, rain, GO AWAY! So has it absolutely poured in your part of the world? Maryland has seen the wettest June on record, which came after a May where we had very little rain. In mid-May, I was walking around, looking at the cracked ground in my horse fields, and thinking, “this looks like August […]


This Side of Paradise Farm

It’s here! Our farm sign arrived last week, and James installed the post and hung it yesterday! I’m so very pleased with it. James did the design work as well, with a little ‘supervising’ from me, of course. Everyone asks us how we came up with the name, and it’s really pretty simple. F. Scott […]


A Day in the Life – Summer Edition

A few months ago, I posted the Winter Edition of ‘A Day in the Life’ on my small farm. Now here’s the summer edition! 7:30 am – I’m usually out about this time to feed and water my kids. After I give everyone (Misty, Takoma, and Bailey) their grain, I put fly masks on, fly […]


Bend it like Bailey

Well, at least that’s what he’s trying to do: bend. Bailey has been home for three weeks now, and we’ve been doing a lot of riding, both of us gradually getting in shape. As we’ve been doing our of trot work, it’s clear that Bailey is really tight on the right side, which is normal […]


Puppy + Rainbow

Happy Friday! This picture popped up in my Timehop earlier this week; I can’t believe this was two years ago! You can see the newly built fences behind Izzie and the rainbow in the distance. It’s one of my all-time favorite pictures of my sweet princess. I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day […]


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