Friday, January 9, 2015

Honeysuckle Faire - The Blog


Hi and welcome to Honeysuckle Faire! If you stopped by here to learn about riding and retraining horses using only kindness and patience as your "aids" then you are at the right place. My name is Juliette Ober and I rescue and retrain off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) to be riding horses. No bits, lunging, or round pens are used in any training or riding yet safe, daily rides on young, sweet Thoroughbreds are happening at Honeysuckle Faire because my boys are happy, sane, and sound. 

Although after 400 posts (!) I am no longer writing this blog, I am still riding - just click the photo above to see a quick video of Tuesday's snowy ride on sweet Foggy when we met up with three deer! This blog is archived chronologically (top right) and is a good resource to trace the process I used to retrain my three young Thoroughbreds. Additionally, there is a formal presentation of my training philosophy on my Found in the Fog site.

I've had the honor of writing articles for Equitrekking, the Emmy award-winning equestrian themed travel television show on PBS. My articles for Equitrekking are indexed and linked here.

My Instagram account is julietteober - definitely pop on over to see what I am doing with my horses each day. If you are on Instagram just follow me and I will follow back so I can see your horsey adventures too!

And, of course, I love hearing from you so please never hesitate to use good, ol' fashioned email to say "Hey!" juliette@julietteober.com

Hope this information helps keep you safe and your horses happy and eager for the daily ride! 
Take care,
Juliette Ober

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

We drank a toast to time


Happiest Christmas wishes to all my blogger friends! I miss you all bunches! A sweet comment appeared in my inbox this morning from Ranch Girl at Ranch Girl Diaries (formerly and forever to me, Pony Girl) and an old familiar twinge of blogging love washed over me and I thought I might take a stab at a quick post.

I hope you all had a fantastic 2014 filled with much horsey joy! I can happily report life at Honeysuckle Faire remained blissfully similar to other years. Any horseperson knows that this isn't a bad thing at all! Calm, quiet days filled with no drama and no illness and no injuries are a horseperson's dream and we got that! Yay!

Pie, Sovey, and little Foggy are just as round and silly and content as they were when I left the blogging world. They spoiled me with great rides all year. I don't think I rode every single day but very close. Below, Foggy takes me out through the fields on a very windy day in November. We are in Florida again this year for Christmas so I am without them briefly and my heart aches. The time I spend with them each day is still the glue that holds my days together. Their breath is the air I live to breathe. Their space in my life is the answer "YES" to the everlasting Why. I am thankful beyond words that these three horses are in my life.


Love to you all during this holiday season and all through the year! Please don't forget to let me know if you are on Instagram so I can follow all your horsey adventures. My Instagram account is julietteober for horse stories and more from Honeysuckle Faire and also non-horsey life with Brian and Maizie and little Noodlebug at Nutmeg Cottage. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Honeysuckle Faire - The Blog



Hi and welcome to Honeysuckle Faire! If you stopped by here to learn about riding and retraining horses using only kindness and patience as your "aids" then you are at the right place. My name is Juliette Ober and I rescue and retrain off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) to be riding horses. No bits, lunging, or round pens are used in any training or riding yet safe, daily rides on young, sweet Thoroughbreds are happening at Honeysuckle Faire because my boys are happy, sane, and sound. 

Although after 400(!) posts I am no longer writing this blog, it is archived and still a good resource to trace the process I used to retrain three young Thoroughbreds. There is a handy search bar in the very top left corner of this page. (If you are reading this on a phone you will have to click on "View web version" to use the search bar.) The search works super well to index any topic I discussed over the years. Just enter the word or words you want to know more about and - presto - all the applicable posts will appear. I still use this feature all the time to revisit what has happened in the last five years at the barn with regard to horse behavior, horsekeeping questions, weather events, etc. Could not live without the search bar!

If you want to meander through the retraining information from the beginning (December 2008) you can use the Archive that is located at the top of the column to the right. Additionally, there is a formal presentation of my training philosophy on my Found in the Fog site

I've had the honor of writing articles for Equitrekking, the Emmy award-winning equestrian themed travel television show on PBS. My articles for Equitrekking are indexed and linked here.

My Instagram account is julietteober - definitely pop on over to see what I am doing with my horses each day! New and exciting adventures (like my recent fall off of Pie!) is always captured on Instagram so definitely follow me!

And, of course, I love hearing from you so please never hesitate to use good, ol' fashioned email to say "Hey!" juliette@julietteober.com

Hope this information helps keep you safe and your horses happy and eager for the daily ride! 
Take care,
Juliette Ober