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Month: February 2013

Big Girl Pants

Big Girl Pants

It’s been a rather stressful week month career at work lately.  In January I was thrilled to receive a promotion, which has greatly improved my quality of life salary wise but now I am realizing that when people give you more money they expect you to do more work, and we still haven’t been able to find the right employee for me to manage and help out with my task list.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love my job…

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County 4H Show Disaster – Part 1

County 4H Show Disaster – Part 1

I started taking riding lessons in someone’s back yard when I was 10 years old. For a backyard barn, it was a great one with a grass ring and good horses. My trainer’s main focus was fox hunting, and while I learned so much about good horsemanship in general – equitation and the finer points of showing hunter/jumpers were not on the radar for my early equine education. I don’t remember anything about my first horse show except that it…

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Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

It was another weekend of highs and lows around here, but hey – at least it wasn’t all lows! My trainer had an unfortunate fall two weeks ago and broke her leg in several places.  While she’s been resting and getting the swelling down for surgery this week, I’ve helped step up and teach some lessons at the barn.  Our boarding situation is unique (and awesome) in that group lessons are included with the price of board.  This usually equates…

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A Benefit of Working at SmartPak – Famous Eliot!

A Benefit of Working at SmartPak – Famous Eliot!

Eventually I’ll actually write up a real post about my work experience at SmartPak, but a former co-worker sent this to me today on Facebook and I was just tickled. That’s my pup, Eliot! You can view the full email blast by clicking here.  It’s been a rather interesting/stressful week, so this made me smile for sure. Eliot is also the cover puppy for one of the SmartPak canine Supplements, SmartCanine™ Healthy Weight. If any of y’all are looking for…

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Simon’s Recovery Progress

Simon’s Recovery Progress

We are past 1 month of stall rest with no hand walking, and 2.5 weeks of stall rest with hand walking.  We started out with 5 minute hand walks, and are up to 20 minutes.  Next week they are 30 minutes and then we will start with weighted walking. Since there were lots of people around the barn last night, I asked one of the teen girls to jog Simon for me so I could see his progress.  The last…

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Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn

My hard drive crashed at work this morning.  Know how much fun that is?  About as much fun as stall rest.  Or your horse throwing a shoe.  Or your division getting cancelled at the show.  I could go on… So to celebrate, I share with you my favorite crash pictures.  I used to have a better selection of amateur crash shots from my years of a on the rail photographer at a local show circuit, but I think those are…

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Equestrian Bucket List

Equestrian Bucket List

When I’m faced with a setback of a situation (like my horse getting hurt) or what seems like an impossible goal (losing 50+ lbs), I try to remind myself of my ultimate goals.  Whether you call it a bucket list or dreams or dear lord please let me accomplish at least one of these age forces me to start showing halter horses or minis, I think it’s really good motivation to remind yourself to reach for what seems like the…

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Tack Whore Tuesday?

Tack Whore Tuesday?

Sometimes when your Tuesday starts off less than stellar at work, you need a little retail therapy. At the tack store. At the tack store with the 60% off tag sale. At the sale rack filled with polo shirts. And you love polo shirts.

How to Survive Rehabbing the Lame Horse

How to Survive Rehabbing the Lame Horse

Rehabbing Simon back from his soft tissue strain has been an adventure, but I feel like I’m at the point where I’m not too horribly whiny and both feel good about our progress and his happiness.  Stall rest, hand walking and all that jazz isn’t super fun but I’ve developed some survival techniques that have helped me cope and make the best of the situation When you can do, you must do I feel like a lot of rehab and…

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Equine Book Review – At Risk

Equine Book Review – At Risk

I’m a big reader. I can read a book while I walk, read a book in traffic, read a book on my phone discretely at my desk… I read a lot of books. It should be no surprise that I ended up as an English major in college where I – now get ready for this shocker – read more books. The down side of being an English major is that you can get really burnt out on reading. After…

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Horse Valentine’s Wallpaper

Horse Valentine’s Wallpaper

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!  I’m not one of those people who has a huge opinion either way about this holiday.  I do however love almost all holidays and I love doing sweet things for my loved ones, so Valentine’s works for me.  Plus after staying up way too late working on this blog design (looking better I think!) a sweet gift from my husband and flowers delivered to my work were great ways to start the day. I hope y’all have…

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Blog Housekeeping

Blog Housekeeping

I’m sure you’ll notice that I’m changing quite a few things around here.  The designer in me says I should do this in a local environment and wait to do a big reveal later instead of leaking little changes on production… but the slacker blogger in me is just going with the flow. So please bear with the dust and duct tape over everything right now.  For example, you can only comment if you click on the blog title in…

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