Weekend Coffee Share

Good Morning, the coffee is just about ready. Would you like a cup? It’s been another great week here! How was your week? Are you enjoying spring weather? I’m not, not yet. It’s been very windy this week, a lot of rain, and even some hail storms. That might not sound like fun, but it’s been a really good week. I don’t like driving in bad weather. It makes me little nervous. Besides that I had lots of fun.


I’ve been playing with my horse Ghost in the indoor arena every day. The footing is sand, and when I play with him, I get a great workout myself. Ghost is very intelligent, sensitive, and athletic. Even thought he thrives on routine, he does get bored easily. I take it as a challenge to make things interesting. (This Viking girl likes challenges!) Just like humans, horses have different personalities. Ghost is not the least bit dominant, he has a lot of flight instinct, but nothing aggressive in him. Lots of people prefer to not ride, even indoors, when it’s really windy. A bad storm makes many horses jumpy. (Read – they can’t hear the mountain lion coming to eat them, so they have to be on their toes all the time.) The easiest way to exercise a horse, without riding it, or put it out to pasture (can also be dangerous on the most windy days, tree branches falling, debris flying around etc.) is to let it run in circles around you. It’s relatively easy to make most horses run, they are prey animals.

With a quick and sensitive horse like Ghost, you can’t just drive him away, and let him run, run, run. He would take it as a personal offense, that you don’t want him to be on your team. A horse like him would soon be scared to approach you. (Some dominant horses benefit greatly from being sent away from you, time after time.) I do send him away, and let him run, but I invented a game where I alternate between sending him away, calling him back, and sometimes let him run behind me (I wouldn’t do this with any horse, but he is very aware of exactly where I am, even at a gallop.) We had lots of fun with this game this week. He is so smart, and figured it out in no time what it is I wanted. We had some good music playing in the speakers, and we both got a great exercise. To make it more interesting I added exciting stuff in the middle of it (stepping sideways/backing up/jumps/obstacles/standing still/running at top speed,) I tried to do it all with rhythm, almost like a dance. I also did some jumping jacks, Ghost often spooks when there’s sudden movements, I thought that would be beneficial for him. every now and then I  climbed up on things around the edges of the arena, naturally he couldn’t climb up on things, but that placed him beneath me. It’s great for a young horse, that have never been ridden, to get used to humans moving around above them. I sometimes ask him to stand right next to me, when I’m standing on top of something (usually my truck, a fence, or a table) and then I gently put one of my legs over him, only putting a little bit of weight on him, while standing by myself. In the beginning it freaked him out. Now it doesn’t. I have a plan in my head of what I want to do with Ghost, but I try to think outside the box, and not strictly follow my plan, when the moment I’m in requires that I take a detour. Ghost is unlike any there horse I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Super sweet, but also super sensitive. We have been making some progress with his fear of ropes. That part is going slower than I would like, but he is making progress, and I am happy with that.

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My daughter and I started this week with an Ocean Theme, that we started last week. She like to work in projects/themes. She usually pick the theme, and then I create our lessons around that theme. We do math, history, geography, hand writing, art, and everything else on the schedule that particular week, inside the theme. We finished the Ocean Theme on Thursday, and started a Bird Theme, (parrots in particular) yesterday. She is very interested in parrots, have always been. She’s been begging me to have one of her own for a couple years, but I have not given in on that one. They live for such a long time, and it’s tricky to have an animal that only can be indoors, when you’re an outdoor person, that likes to travel.. I did take her to a parrot house yesterday. She was in heaven, and said that it was the best day of her life. I’m definitely taking her back there. We came just as they open the doors, and we were the only people there. The parrots seem to enjoy visitors, and came up to you after a while.

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The one sitting on my daughter’s head was very loud!


How is your coffee? I’m already on my second cup. I decided to have coffee before working my dog today, I usually do it the other way around, but despite having that second glass of wine with dinner yesterday, I woke up an hour earlier than usual (without setting an alarm.) I was planning on sleeping in. Time to challenge the rain, and get going! Feel free to take some coffee for the road, as you leave. This post is part of #WeekendCoffeeShare. You can bring the cup back next time you visit. Have an awesome day!


Ms Zen


Categories: Coffee at my house, equine photography, Ghost, Homeschooling, Horsemanship, Mindful Living, NorCal, Northern California, parenting, Weekend Coffee ShareTags: , , , , ,

21 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Loved hearing about how you work with Ghost!! Very interesting.. I’ve only been on a horse maybe 5 times in my life so there is so much I don’t know.. Thanks for sharing! Loved the parrot pics with your daughter, she must have been on cloud nine! Sounds like the parrot house is a good compromise.. Thanks for the coffee!

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    1. I’m so very happy that you enjoyed the visit to the barn, while we had our coffee 🙂 I could talk for days and days about horses, but that would probably be a little too much. A talk over a cup of coffee is more manageable..LOL I hope that you’ll come back for coffee next weekend. Have a wonderful rest of your day!


    1. Awe, thank you Eliza! I’m not sure if I’m more patient, or simply stubborn..lol. Maybe a bit of both. I’m so happy to share, inspire, and get inspired here in the blogosphere. I hope your week is lovely. I haven’t been at my computer much this week. Trying to catch up with my favorite blogs during the weekend 🙂

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  2. I rode horses when I was young. They were not mine but I helped a little bit in helping with taking care of them.

    I just went riding the other day with my man and a guest from Ohio. We had a blast. (Sip of coffee…☕️)

    I am enjoying how you are training Ghost. Interesting of the details. Our wrangler told us about wind… and horses. So to hear you discuss that as well was neat.
    (Off to pour more coffee)

    The ocean theme is perfect for your daughter. I posted Seals and sea lion videos on my blog today. She may enjoy viewing.

    The parrots were quite colorful. She must of been thrilled.
    Take care!
    (I drank all the coffee!)

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    1. It was great having coffee with you! Wind and horses, it can be a very interesting combination. The only horse I’ve had that didn’t care at all about the wind was a mustang. Maybe he was so used to the elements that it didn’t bother him? I don’t know. I hope you had a wonderful ride with your friend.

      How far along is the spring in your part of Arizona? It’s been a busy week so far, I’m trying to catch up with my favorite blogs during the weekend. Looking forward to watching your videos wth my daughter. I already know that she will love them 🙂 Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day! See you soon, I’ll make more coffee next time 😉

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        1. That is so wonderful! I’m looking forward to experiencing that here. I know it will come very soon. It’s not unusual to have temperatures in the mid 90’s by the end of April. The best time is before then, so it’s approaching fast! Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, she’s been begging to have a parrot for a couple years now..going to the parrot house was kind of a compromise. I bought an annual pass, so that she can go there as often as she wants. Parrots live so long, so I’m hesitant to get her one of her own.

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