Relaxed & Forward : Relationship Advice from Your Horse


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Anna Blake was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954. She is a writer/blogger, dressage trainer, and horse advocate, residing on Infinity Farm on the flat, windy, treeless prairie of Colorado. The herd also includes horses, llamas, goats, dogs, cats, and Edgar Rice Burro. He got the job because he's the loudest. Previously, I was a self-employed goldsmith for thirty-five years, showing my one-of-a-kind artwork in galleries from coast to coast. My Denver studio and gallery was shared with generations of good dogs, and I boarded and trained two horses at a farm just south of town. I post a successful, yet unconventional blog ( about life on my farm and horse training from a unique perspective that affirms my humorous and inspirational approach to understanding, training and loving animals. I am currently in the process of compiling five years of weekly posts into two books: RELAXED AND FORWARD is the training information your horse wants you to have, and BARN DANCE is a collection of stories about my family herd here at Infinity Farm. To be published in late 2016.


Anna Blake's writing brings the plains of Colorado alive like a rainstorm after a long drought. She possesses a freshness and wit that makes any subject--whether it be donkeys or death, llamas or love--interesting, funny, and a little bit scary. --Peter Schuyler, Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist The Portal, Common Sense, You'll Just Love My Dad Anna Blake uses words the way a watercolor painter uses her brush: strong strokes and delicate touches entwine in the same image. The reader is soon enveloped by the seemingly effortless originality of her writing. --Diane Alexander, Freelance Copy Editor. Anna Blake writes with a vivid ad compelling voice. She shares her life with a powerful grace; her experience becomes ours, her journey becomes ours...and we are lucky enough to go along for the ride. --Melanie Sue Bowles Founder, Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary, and author of Hoof Prints: Stories from Proud Spirit. Anna Blake is the Anne Lamott of ranching, caring for animals and life on the prairie: a passionate storyteller combining the wit and wisdom that comes from hard work and harder knocks, but with a common sense and compassion that not only makes a great writer, but also a great neighbor. You'll want to move next door. --Emily Polis Gibson, Barnstorming blog, American Haflinger Registry Board Excitement and delight surge through me every time I see Anna Blake's name as an author. Her writing is filled with deep understanding and heart connection, seasoned with a lively dash of humor. Reading her work is like giving myself a I can open again and again. --Kim Walnes, winning USET Three Day Eventer, Riding Instructor/Trainer, and Life Coach.

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