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Month: April 2013

OTTB Spotlight – Viper

OTTB Spotlight – Viper

I’d like to introduce a new segment over here simply called the OTTB Spotlight!  I bet you could connect the dots based on the name alone, but I will be featuring different former track horses on this blog and what they’re doing in their current life.  Besides, who doesn’t love a good ‘ol OTTB? Today’s spotlight is Viper, who you may recognize from some of my blog posts around here.  Viper is owned by an adult amateur at my barn, and…

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A Not So Very Good Weekend

A Not So Very Good Weekend

Sometimes things go swimmingly, and sometimes they don’t. This is a story about the latter. On Friday I blogged about how I was a bit disappointed at Simon’s soundness post injections. My vet said to wait till early next week to check back in so the injections had a full week to take effect. Ok, good plan. Then Friday afternoon he was worse. Walking heel to toe on his RH, and a solid 3+/4 lame on that leg. Thursday night…

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How to Show Your Horse Trainer You’re Serious

How to Show Your Horse Trainer You’re Serious

Ok, so we all know I’m a bit of a hunter snob but I think the following advice goes for any discipline.  I’m not an amazing rider nor do I play one on TV, but I do know a bit about being a student of a sport.  I grew up very seriously competitively figure skating, then coached figure skating all through high school, and have taken lessons and clinic with a variety of horse trainers on the east coast and here in…

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Going to channel my inner positive person instead of whine and worry like I want to. We’re only allowed one negative nancy post per quarter! The Good My new vet is awesome. She told me to email her videos or any questions. This is greatly appreciated, because I am a huge worry wort… I don’t think this fact will surprise any of you. I turned Simon out in the round pen tonight. He acted all chill and “oh yeah, I’m…

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WEF Warm Up Rings

WEF Warm Up Rings

My favorite place to shoot at major horse shows like WEF isn’t the big grand prixs or even the hunter derby… It’s the warm up ring. Sure, there’s no huge action there usually but I feel like the warm up ring is the pulse and the life of the horse show. Sure, there’s a lot of waiting (and hurrying!) but those dull moments look thoughtful and peaceful to me as a photographer.

The Skinny on Simon’s Lameness

The Skinny on Simon’s Lameness

If Captain Hindsight were here, he’d say that I should have called a different vet out after my horse was still lame at 30 days stall rest. The initial diagnosis I got of a soft tissue strain wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. The short story of yesterday’s vet visit was my horse’s right hock is a nightmare and it’s not fully fused. He scored a 1/2 (out of 3) on both hind legs for…

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A Tour of Grand Prix Village

A Tour of Grand Prix Village

Some girls dream about Cinderella’s castle, but I dreamed of ponies and a beautiful barn to keep them in. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was dreaming of Grand Prix Village in Wellington, Florida. This large loop right next to the horse show grounds holds the prettiest hunter/jumper barns I’ve ever seen. Imagine a neighborhood in the burbs, but instead of houses they’re horse farms. Not wide and expansive like in Kentucky, but condensed and beautiful. Each…

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Negative Nancy

Negative Nancy

That’s the best way I can describe me this past week and weekend. It’s a good thing I still have lots of photos and posts about Wellington to blog about, because otherwise I would drive all you great readers away with my negativity. Pre-Simon being very lame (still) lots of crappy stuff happened at work which I won’t get into, and then when I saw that my dear horse who has been on stall rest for three months was still…

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WEF $500k Grand Prix

WEF $500k Grand Prix

Going to keep today’s post to mostly images. Went to the barn last night expecting to see my horse looking good and ready to start tack walking, and he was quite lame again. I’m really upset, worried and frustrated. Going to call a new vet out to get a full work up done so I can get some answers, but if you could send out some positive vibes for Simon I would really appreciate it. For now, lots of Grand…

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Styles, Trends and Observations at WEF 2013

Styles, Trends and Observations at WEF 2013

From so someone showing at the local circuit who’s had a progressing trend toward hunter snobbery, I spend a lot of time pouring over tack catalogs and equestrian style blogs. In those venues, there’s a lot of emphasis on higher priced goods being the best possible thing you can buy for the show ring. A lot of times that’s true, but I noticed a lot of trends at WEF that showed me that sometimes simple is better. Navy Braids I’ve…

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The WEF Pony Parade

The WEF Pony Parade

Giveaway Results! Before I get to our pretty little ponies – the results to the giveaway!  For everyone that entered, I gave them a number and then randomized them using randomizer.org and the winner is… Hillary from Equestrian at Hart!  I’ll catch up with you to speak design, but for now… on to ponies! I have a problem with miniature things. I love anything that is smaller than its full size counter part. This includes but is not limited to…

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Welly World!

Welly World!

I’m back from Wellington, stomping grounds of the rich and famous pony people, and had a fabulous time. It’s really like submerging yourself in another world where the rules of my former reality do not exist. Some of that is thrilling (getting lunch right next to Reed Kessler and seeing George Morris at the grocery store!) and some of that is kind of stressful and exhausting (feeling like the lowly TX pudgy amateur local shower among the world’s elite equestrians)….

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