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Month: April 2013

OTTB Spotlight – Keller

OTTB Spotlight – Keller

Keller is a horse at my current barn, and the kind of school horse everyone should have the pleasure of riding as their learn the finer points of horsemanship   He is safe, but not easy.  For an upper level rider, he can do the step and jump 2’6″ – 2’9″ with his special school horse version of flying changes but he can also step down for dead beginners to just jog politely around the arena.  Basically, he breaks the OTTBs are crazy…

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Reunited and It Feels So Good

Reunited and It Feels So Good

Something exciting happened this weekend. More exciting than Beezie and her Simon winning the World Cup. More exciting than announcing that I’m moving barns. More exciting than a new Ben & Jerry’s flavor. This is serious folks. Oh yes, I rode my horse. I will try to make this post as exciting as possible, but it was just as ordinary as if I had been riding him three times a week for all 2013. I originally planned on giving him…

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Ch-Ch-Changes

Ch-Ch-Changes

I’ve been a bit vague and brooding about some things lately, but that’s because I try to keep a few rules firmly in place with my blog: don’t write something I wouldn’t say out loud to anyone, and don’t let my blog be the first place someone finds info about me or my horse that they should have known earlier. That being said, everything is official and the right people know… so I can finally say that I’m moving Simon…

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Go Becky Holder!

Go Becky Holder!

True confession here – I’m not big into eventing.  I know it’s intense and hard and a huge adrenaline rush, but it’s not really a sport for me.  I can’t get over how terrifying cross country looks, and I’m not a big fan of watching eventing dressage or show jumping.  That being said, everyone has Rolex fever right now… and I certainly have my favorite pair to win. Why I want Becky Holder & Can’t Fire Me to take it all!…

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Got a Long Way to Go

Got a Long Way to Go

On Monday, I sent my vet videos of Simon to see what our next level of work should be.  We had been lunging at the trot for 2-4 minutes each direction.  She said he looked “not too bad!” and to bump up the lunging this week to see what he felt like doing and could tolerate.  So yesterday when I went out to see him, we did 6 minutes of trotting each direction and one lap of canter on his…

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ShowSheen Winners & Fantasy Show Horses

ShowSheen Winners & Fantasy Show Horses

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the winners of the Absorbine ShowSheen Try-Pak Giveaway! SprinklerBandit from SprinklerBandits! Mary from Simply Horse Crazy! Natalie! All Gear No Skill! Sarah from Eventing in Color! Congrats to the winners!  I will be contacting you via e-mail to get your addresses so Absorbine can mail you your prizes 🙂 Once upon a time I played virtual horse games online with virtual show horses. That deserves a post of itself, but…

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OTTB Spotlight – Carlos

OTTB Spotlight – Carlos

OTTBs can make excellent hunter/jumpers, but we usually hear about them being stars in eventing – especially in the blogging world.  That’s part of what makes L. Williams’ Carlos at Viva Carlos so special.  He’s an opinionated OTTB that has success in the hunter, jumper, and equitation ring and egads of personality to boot! What is his/her registered name? Ugh.. do I have to. It’s so ugly… Senor Prospector D: Lineage? His family tree is full of assholes.. Mr. Prospector…

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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Optimism is a funny thing, and I daresay I’m feeling optimistic. Last weekend I really just did not want my horse to die. It sounds dramatic, but that was the goal. This weekend I felt myself looking at the state of things and thinking “I wonder if I’m ok to bump his grain back up to normal” and “I bet schooling changes will come easier now that I know to maintain his hocks properly.” After I took the last poultice…

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Absorbine ShowSheen Try-Pak Giveaway!

Absorbine ShowSheen Try-Pak Giveaway!

This giveaway has ended.  View the winners here – ShowSheen Giveaway Winners It’s that time of year. Show season is right around the corner, and you spend half your time training intently and the other half of the time crossing your fingers that it doesn’t rain your first show out. In the middle of all this, you go to get your horse out the pasture and he looks a bit like this… Eek! To help turn the swamp creature back into…

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Equestrian Tattoos

Equestrian Tattoos

A shared fear of Ikea meatballs isn’t the only thing Simon and I have in common… We’re both tattooed! While he went for the uber conservative “only shows it when he’s feeling frisky” look, mine is a bit more out in the open – on the top of my left foot. I choose my left foot because my left side has always been my strongest side, and his too coincidentally. That’s my only tattoo, but I would love to get…

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Grand Prix Jumper Tack

Grand Prix Jumper Tack

When I was in Wellington, I mentioned to my friend that I wanted to get a figure 8 bridle for Simon to school in. “Why?” She exclaimed, “Your horse is a good boy. He doesn’t open up his mouth!” I didn’t exactly have a good answer, because my horse is a good boy and doesn’t open up his mouth. I realized the reason I wanted a figure 8 bridle is because they look cool and jumpery. I think a lot…

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Simon Update Told Through Animated Gifs

Simon Update Told Through Animated Gifs

I went out to see Simon pants last night, and he was back in full spirits.  Feeling very fancy and proud of himself, he was quite the demanding horse.  Where are my fans?  Why haven’t we been hand grazing?  This hay is not in a haynet! Needless to say, I was a bit busy tending to his every need in the hour that I was at the barn.  Given how worried I was over the weekend and how sick he looked,…

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