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Month: January 2012

Hunters vs Jumpers

Hunters vs Jumpers

When people find out that I ride horses, if they have any interest in the subject they ask what kind of riding I do.  My immediate response is “I ride hunter/jumper” because it’s the truth.  However, if the person I’m talking to is not a horse person that response seems to bring this image to their minds: “You JUMP things?!” they say, and they’re amazed.  That image couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is the reality. This jump is…

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Meet Gatsby Pony!

Meet Gatsby Pony!

It’s official – I have a new pony to lease, and I love him! When I bought Teaspoon in Nov 2010, I had a definite type in mind for the kind of horse I wanted. Either a big bodied QH, Warmblood, or Draft Cross. A slow minded gelding. Not reactive, and a definite “push” ride. Of course, sometimes our horses get hurt and then we don’t have thousands of dollars to replace them with fat fancy Warmbloods. I started riding…

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Kindle Killed My English Major Prestige

Kindle Killed My English Major Prestige

Here’s a story about Lauren in college: I went to a large land grant university where being an English major was not the desired department of cool kids.  There were the Greek life students in the business school, the nerds in Computer Science & Engineering, and the farmer boys in Agriculture Science. Small aside – my husband, brother, and sister in law are in each of those three categories.  I’ll let you guess which. Back to the main story –…

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How Not to Sell Your Horse

How Not to Sell Your Horse

The warning to this post is that it’s going to sound snobby, but I feel like when you talk about horse shopping there’s a certain air of unavoidable snobbery that comes up.  So go ahead and picture me sipping port before I had out for a brisk winter fox hunt with the royals.  While you’re working up that picture in your mind, I’m going to help the general public on some general tips and tricks on how to not sell…

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This weekend I got a head cold and my 2nd crush on a gay man

This weekend I got a head cold and my 2nd crush on a gay man

Tim is in Chicago all weekend, which meant I created a list of ambitious plans to do in his absence.  This list included (in no particular order) finish painting the doors and decks of our house, take down all the Christmas decorations, clean the house from top to bottom, re-organize the guest room and take the dogs on several long outings to tire them out so they won’t annoy me anymore. What actually happened is more like this… I woke…

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