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Monday, October 19th, 2020 | Filed under Annie

Almost exactly a year ago, Annie went to live with my very best friend since we were 5.  When Annie left, I was sad, but I knew that I couldn’t give her the training she needed – and that I hadn’t been able to work with her like I had intended due to my hip (which was replaced shortly after Annie left).

Lots of excuses but basically, Annie needed concentrated training and I couldn’t do that for her.

I knew my friend could.  And, she’s actually a way better rider than I will ever be, and they really clicked when they met.  So, it seemed like the best idea for them both.

Me and my very best friend, Lorelei, two years ago – as my hip was failing – we spent a weekend at the V6 Ranch and discussed Annie.  (She’s the blonde.)


It took a while for Annie to become familiar with her new digs –  but once she was good to go, they hit the ground running… in this year, Annie has had her teeth/feet done regularly, had constant massages and body work,  and she is trained 5 days a week.

Progressively, Annie, my friend and her trainer have worked miracles.  Annie is not only under saddle, but she rode in a parade last week!

Here is a small progression of photos.

Annie rolling after a bath.

She looks so small here… but she’s just back in frame. That is Lor’s husband walking Annie.

Annie likes her new young friends around the barn!

Here she is, pre-parade bath.

Annie is on the far left. She did great in the parade – no drama at all! Here you can see that she is much taller than the other horses.

Here is Lorelei riding Annie (although we are the same height, Lor’s legs are MUCH longer than mine…)

OCTOBER BUCKET FUND!!  Let’s help NUNU recover!  She is the horse who was ridden at a run for 7 miles on a Chicago freeway.  OMG.  I cannot tell you how I feel about the idiot who did this to this mare.  All donations are 100% tax deductible and will go to her recovery.  Yes, she is alive.

Click here to donate!  THANK YOU THANK YOU.


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Monday, May 25th, 2020 | Filed under Annie

As you know, Annie went to live with my oldest and dearest friend, Lorelei.

Lor and I grew up together and our love for horses was always there.  She had a horse before I did… and to be honest, she has a better seat than I do.

A photo from our past… this is Lor and her first horse, Priscilla. Lorelei was gifted Priscilla when Lorelei was 13.   Lor taught Pris tricks and they rode bareback throughout all the hills of Calabasas and Hidden Hills in Southern CA.  (Back then, those places were very horse friendly.)

So, when Lor came to visit us in Paso Robles, and fell in love with Annie, I knew it was a great match.  Lorelei is a new empty-nester and had the time and ability to train Annie, pour affection and onto her – and be her ‘one and only’ person.

This is us, last year, at the V6 Ranch.


Getting to know and trust each other…

Baths after training are common now…

Her comment on the baths…

Followed by the obligatory post bath roll.

Her first dental…

She has regular farrier visits.

Lots of girl bonding time…

Lorelei’s daughter, Hanna, loves Annie, too. Annie seems to like her as well.

I love this pic.

A little damage Annie created, trying to see her nextdoor neighbor.

This is her next door neighbor and now best buddy. He is a very old pony!

Saddle training.

Uh huh. Gonna happen.

4th ride. Such a good girl.

Trainer and Student after a session.



She is my heart. I’m so grateful you gifted her to me. I want to change her name from Orphan Annie to Princess Anne. She is pure royalty! :)

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