You know that saying: “No feet, no horse.” Well, there is a little known corollary that goes: “No footing, no arena.” Truthfully, I don’t think that one is going to catch on quite as readily as the first. And since I’m being truthful, it’s really less a “saying” than “something I said this morning”. So… take it with a grain of salt.

I was sitting on my back porch in the close quarters of my compact inner city neighborhood when it occurred to me to wonder: “When is the best time to rotate the points on my harrow?” Has this ever happened to you? No? Well before this morning, it’s never happened to me either, but Donnell was talking about exactly that issue a couple days ago after meeting with the arena rehabilitation specialist. Um…I didn’t even know there was such a person. Isn’t an arena a big rectangle of dirt? How do you rehab dirt?

Well, it turns out an arena is so much more, and arena care and maintenance is a critical part of keeping an excellent equestrian property. Donnell knows this, but I sure didn’t. There is just SO much to know. And that is precisely why it takes an entire herd to raise even just one budding horse person. It is why we think the community model of The Urban Herd is the way to go for horse and human care. Every time we learn something new about arena footing, or barefoot hoof trimming, or horse body language, or people body language, the correct saddle fit, or, or, or…  Every time we say, “Hmm, I never thought of that” or “I never knew that”, we are more convinced than ever.

So we continue to juggle our quest for horses, our “rehab” of arena’s, and our time for philosophical meanderings…

But really, on a less philosophical note, it’s just more fun with friends.