Writers Block


It’s been too long since I posted something and I have all these GREAT half finished posts and ideas…but I just don’t have anything to write about. I sit down in the mornings with my cup of coffee and half start a bunch of posts and…… That happens. Did you catch that? That’s where I […] more

An Honest Assessment

When it’s raining (again) and you can’t get on the trails, there are two choices: eat brownies or think too hard about what is a very simple sport (get on trail, go far). I’ve written about conditioning plans and why it’s so essential to not blindly follow a generic x weeks to get to x […] more

ML’s first conditioning ride


On Tuesday the stars aligned and I had a day off work AND sunny skies. I decided to take ML out for a trail excursion about 1 hour from home. Logically there was a ton of stuff I could have still done at home to prep. I had never ridden her outside of an arena. I had […] more

March 2017 IRL


It’s time for an In Real Life post! Where I share with you my training and goals as the months go by “in real time” so my Dear Reader can see for themselves that training for 50 or 100 miles isn’t insane – it’s a bunch of small things that add up, and yes it’s totally […] more

How to Back a Trailer


Backing a trailer is an essential skill as I was reminded over and over and OVER this year. Whether you have to put your trailer into a back-in only angled parking spot at the barn, make a “U” turn at a T intersection, navigate a tight ride camp, or turn around in your best friends […] more

Final 100 days of horses

Day 54

I decided to end my 100 days of horses challenge on the first day of Spring.  My personal 100 days of horses challenge started in mid-November. One-hundred-twenty-three days in all, and in the end 60 of those days had horses. This challenge encompassed the third of a year most difficult for me and I managed to […] more

Parking Lot Ride

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A post shared by Mel Newton (@drmelnewton) on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:20pm PDT Not going to lie, riding the 18 year-old in endless circles around the parking lot was not how I envisioned my first day of spring ride. Epic spring rains followed by epic sunny skies made for a muddy horse that was […] more

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