Fugly Before Flawless

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My name is Lauren and I can’t word today. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either, so let’s look at pictures of Simon. As I may have mentioned, Simon and I will be returning to the hunter ring for (at least) the first show of the year…which is in about three weeks. I doubt this move will shock the equestrian world, since it’s not like we were …

Crystal Lee

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I met Crystal before I was of legal drinking age. I had just moved Elvis to my first hunter/jumper barn my freshman year of college, and around the same time Crystal started her first lease on a sensitive little Thoroughbred mare named Cookie. Even though she had almost ten years on me and I was just an ignorant college kid, we became fast friends. We had …

Turn and Face the Strange (Change)

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I have a lot of fires going right now, and had several minor panic attacks about them all yesterday. So naturally, the best decision this morning is to sit here at work and write a quick post about lead changes. Because we all know how much I adore lead changes. Now Simon has some physical characteristics that I knew have historically made changes hard for …

These Words Are My Own

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I always have a lot of words in my head. Sometimes they’re my own. When I decide that I’m going to write a blog post, especially something that tackles a broader, I’ll think about constructing the words days before in my head. Usually I’ll mentally picture an opening or closing line or phrase, and then muddle through the rest of the words in intangible flash …

Tinder Godmother

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I blamed the two glasses of wine but the truth is I had been pondering about diving into the dark world that is Tinder, so I didn’t protest when my friend took my phone and started installing the app. “Now you can only choose one horse photo. Which is your favorite?” I pointed to my favorite show picture, us jumping a sizable coop where my equitation …

Simon Versus the Bot Bees

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The last time I went to Dover saddlery, I stocked up on some winter essentials. Horse treats, clipper blades and the obvious choices for January – fly spray and a fly sheet. It’s not that Texas is having any unusual bug outbreaks. No, things are pretty normal here weather and insect wise. Mostly, my horse is a freak. I’ve heard rumblings from fellow boarders that …