April 29, 2020

 Like everyone else during the pandemic from which we are all suffering, I have been possessed of a need to control my environment, mostly because I am staring at it a lot. For the first weeks, I puttered.  Fixed that little bit of baseboard that had come off.  Planned...

February 18, 2020

More than a year after my last post on this blog, here I am, returned and wondering if anyone will recognize me.  There were all kinds of reasons for the lapse, injuries, illness, etc, etc.  But it really doesn't matter, what matters is that I have something to say and...

December 5, 2018


Anyone born before 1970 probably knows who Shoe-less Joe Jackson was. Born in 1886, the same year as my grandfather, Jackson was arguably one of the greatest baseball players of his era, before and during the First World War.  During the 1920 season, he and several ot...

November 20, 2018

You know, in anyone's estimation, Duke is a pretty special horse. His original training as a cart horse and a trail riding horse, as well as his exposure to large numbers of people really made him laid back and easy going.  Well, for a horse.  

But something h...

October 9, 2018

making boots as an alternative to shoes for a draft horse

August 29, 2018

When people talk horses and safety they are usually talking about being kicked. While it's true that being kicked is one of the more dangerous and least pleasant of horse experiences, there are a million other safety risks involved in their care, and many of them are n...

July 29, 2018

When I tell people I "have horses", they usually react with something like "Ooooooh I've always wanted to do that", or they wish, or they want, or their grandfather did.  The implication is that having horses is something only the rich can afford (rapidly becoming the...

June 30, 2018

As every good Red Gater knows. there are two sides to our business.  We offer carriage rides with our beloved Duke in front, and we offer fantasy photography.  For about a year and a half, our fantasy photography has consisted of Shannon, as our very own photogeni...

May 25, 2018

About a year ago, in an idle moment I phoned the Make a Wish Foundation of Ottawa, and told them that if they ever needed my carriage I would be glad to provide it.  And that was it.  I never thought of it again.  Until one morning my phone rang and there was a young w...

March 25, 2018

For the last two years we have had three horses, Duke, Suzy Q, and Shannon.  They have been perfect.  They are perfect.  Except for one little thing.  

From the very first, because Duke and Suzy Q are a lifelong bonded pair, they have used their...

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