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Month: January 2013

Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

Work is pretty crazy right now. Not bad crazy, but more like “I’ve been in meetings for five hours and I still have 3 items that need to be done by EOD” kind of week. Haven’t been out to the barn much, but am planning on going tonight. I’m also in the middle of my 1st week of doing the South Beach diet, which is essentially kicking all carbs and sugars. One more week and then I get to re-introduce…

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Day 26 – Your Biggest Riding Pet Peeve

Day 26 – Your Biggest Riding Pet Peeve

Gimmicks. I hate gimmicks. Specifically, training gadgets to get a horse’s head down.  I hate it because I feel like I lived it, although no one would have ever accused me of rollkur or tying my horse’s head in the stall or anything like that.  German martingale?  Used it.  Draw reins?  Used them.  Different bits?  Oh sure.  I never abused my horse, but I am guilty as charged for using training gadgets improperly before I was taught properly to ride leg to…

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Day 25 – Your Dream Trailer

Day 25 – Your Dream Trailer

Had a good lesson last night.  I rode Winston again, the small but angry OTTB.  My trainer gave me some more insight to his extreme head tossing and aversion to contact, so we worked on him moving just off my leg and keeping my hands low and quiet.  Once he trusts his rider to not rip his face off, he actually settles down quite nicely for cross rails and 2′ type stuff.  I had an enjoyable ride, and want to…

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Day 24 – Your Best Riding Friend

Day 24 – Your Best Riding Friend

My blog got severely hacked on Friday night, so it’s been pretty interesting around here. I had to delete a ton of plugins and stuff, and it’s not 100% up to snuff yet. There’s no security risk for any visitors though, so don’t worry about that. I’ve also installed a bunch of security stuff to WordPress, which means it shouldn’t be happening again. Ah, the life and fun times of a web designer. Now today’s challenge might as well be…

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Day 23 – Critique a Famous/Well Known Equestrian’s Round

Day 23 – Critique a Famous/Well Known Equestrian’s Round

Last night I rode Zeke, who’s my trainer 18hh OTTB.  He’s giant.  We only did walk/trot because a) he’s giant and b) he’s scared of everything.  He also seemed a little uncomfortable going to the right, and I wasn’t in the mood to push anything.  Walk/trot is better than no ride at all! For today’s challenge post, I will attempt to critique a video. I am no equitation expert or riding superstar.  So it feels weird for me to critique…

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Day 22 – The Importance of Riding in Your Life

Day 22 – The Importance of Riding in Your Life

Rode a new school horse at the barn last night. He was owned by one of our riders for several years, but that rider decided to lease a nicer jumper and couldn’t have both… so Winston, a ~6 y/o OTTB is owned by my trainer now. He was actually very good for me to ride, because he is completely opposite Simon. Very behind my leg, short strided, and upsidown. Acts like he’s never been ridden leg to hand, and severe…

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Sidelines Magazine Backstage Pass Photo Contest

Sidelines Magazine Backstage Pass Photo Contest

Though I’m not a subscriber to Sidelines (I might get a subscription though!), I love their Social Media presence, blogs and Facebook page.  Their photo contests are fun, and since I used to take a lot of photos at horse shows, I enter whenever I can. This past contest finally paid off!  I entered a photo of my former trainer’s Mom, Lydia (who also braided for us), and my trainer’s horse, Artie.  It’s a sweet candid moment, and made even more…

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Day 21 – Your Perfect Schooling Outfit

Day 21 – Your Perfect Schooling Outfit

Had a nice lesson on Adora last night. Thanks everyone for the kind comments yesterday – they made me feel better. I absolutely can learn a lot from every horse – even a schoolmaster like her. It took me a bit to get used to her bigger jump and longer stride, but when I made myself sit up (one of my really bad habits is leaning forward) things went much better. Hoping to ride another new school horse on Wednesday….

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Case of the Mondays

Case of the Mondays

Productive weekends have not been my strong suit lately. For whatever reason, I’m overcome with the need to cocoon myself in my house and have lots of me time. Usually I need quiet/me time for a few days out of the month, but lately I can’t stop craving it. Not sure what’s up – maybe just the winter blues. On Saturday I made it out to the barn to see Simon and have a make-up lesson from Monday. I rode…

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Day 20 – Your Favorite Horse Show

Day 20 – Your Favorite Horse Show

I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and while it is certainly more horsey than many parts of the US, a culturally epicenter for hunter/jumpers… it is not.  We do have some nice barns and many levels of local shows, and a handful of AA shows each year. Of those rare local AA shows, by far my favorite is the Duke Children’s Benefit Horse Show. Every year in November, the big deal in Raleigh is to go to the Duke…

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Day 19 – A Discipline You Would Like To Try That You’ve Never Done Before

Day 19 – A Discipline You Would Like To Try That You’ve Never Done Before

I’m not good with really big changes in life.  I’m kind of the person that once I get settled, it’s hard for me to leave even if I know something else better could get along.  That being said, making the decision to move from Boston, MA to Austin, TX was a hard one.  My move from NC to MA to work at SmartPak hadn’t gone nearly as well as I hoped, and I thought that another big move would be…

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Collegial Equestrian Blog Hop

Collegial Equestrian Blog Hop

Since there won’t be any major Simon updates for at least 30 days and there are only so many 30 day challenge posts I can do, I saw this Blog Hop from Collegial Equestrian and thought it would be fun to participate!   Share a memory from: The first horse experience you can remember.   My grandmother knew someone that had a horse farm and did lessons, and she arranged for me to go there on a glorified pony ride….

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