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Month: May 2013

First Lesson

First Lesson

We had our first lesson tonight, and it went swimmingly! I had both been very excited and very nervous about it, but there was no reason to be worried. I talked about my goals with my trainer and our past issues, and then we got to work. Right away I realized the pace of the trot I ride with Simon is much faster than what S wants me to have. This is familiar, because its the same message that my…

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Kill Your Inner Drama Llama

Kill Your Inner Drama Llama

I’ve been blogging for a long time. Not just since She Moved To Texas’ inception in 2010, but with my first domain (now a professional portfolio site) in 2001. This meant I blogged through high school and college and have made plenty of mistakes along the way. My biggest takeaway from those mistakes is don’t be a drama llama. With blogs I read going private, standing dormant, or even ending up on Chronicle and then going poof – I can’t…

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Day in the Life of a Working Amateur Rider

Day in the Life of a Working Amateur Rider

7:00am: Alarm goes off.  Two dogs pounce on you to see if it’s time for cuddling and love.  You hit snooze.  Dogs go back to sleep on top of you potentially cutting off circulation or breathing ability. 7:55am: You wake up, and overslept.  Spend a groggy minute in bed contemplating if you can get away with not showering after only a somewhat warm evening at the barn.  You get up and decide pony tails and perfume are an equestrian’s best…

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I Went Through the Desert on A Horse…

I Went Through the Desert on A Horse…

But he didn’t have no name.  He had a name, and his name was Whiskey.  The radio silence for the past few days was due to my Memorial Day adventure vacation!  Tim and I loaded up the dogs and met our friends out in Terlingua, Texas (aka desert in the middle of no where) to see Big Bend National Park. The only mountains I’ve ever seen are basically the Appalachian mountains and other similar mountains/foothills on the east coast, so…

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Absorbine UltraShield Fly Spray Review

Absorbine UltraShield Fly Spray Review

Things I enjoy in life: riding my horse, diet coke, cool spring breeze, fancy stitch tack. Things I don’t enjoy in life: humidity, extreme dust, Friday afternoon meetings, bad drivers, and FLIES!!! To help troubleshoot the flies issue, Absorbine sent me three of their UltraShield fly sprays to review – UltraShield Sport, UltraShield Sport Continuous Spray (Aerosol), and UltraShield Red.    I’ve been using these three products for about a month now, and have gathered my thoughts for you dear readers who may dislike…

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Goodbye Black Beauty

Goodbye Black Beauty

I’ve never had a sunshine and rainbows relationship with my horse.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t loved them, or that we haven’t expected each other or did cool things together… but a Black Beauty relationship it was not. Simon however, has been the exception to this rule.  He is my Black Beauty. When I come to the barn, he whickers to me… almost without fail. As soon as he sees my car or me walking up I get this big…

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All The Pretty Ribbons

All The Pretty Ribbons

Fact: You don’t show for the ribbons, you show for the experience. Also Fact: A crappy ride can earn the same ribbon that a good ride doesn’t earn. More Facts: I haven’t won a ribbon in a really, really, really long time… and I really miss them. For years, my ribbons stayed in a box with my mom because she was toying with the idea of sewing them into a quilt for me.  I couldn’t really get behind that idea, because…

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OTTB Spotlight – Val

OTTB Spotlight – Val

We all know OTTBs have the reputation of being firecrackers that excel at events like eventing and jumpers, but today’s feature is a little more calm… and well, forward and straight! Val from Calm, Forward, and Straight is a super handsome OTTB. What is his/her registered name? Sinister WInd – a hateful name, but weirdly appropriate since we live on a hurricane prone island. Lineage? Buckpasser, Native Dancer, Tom Fool and Man O’ War through War Admiral. Sadly the nearest…

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Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

First weekend at the new barn was lovely.  We had a nice, rolling canter in the big grass ring with the wind blowing and the reins loopy – enough said, right? That being said, Texas summer is here and it is already sweltering.  Saturday was a high of 97 and Sunday wasn’t much cooler.  It’s the time of year where I need to plan my weekend schedule around riding in the cool hours of the day, and not whenever I feel…

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My 5 Things Wish List

My 5 Things Wish List

Karen over at Bakersfield Dressage wrote up 5 things that she is currently wishing for, and it made me think about what I’d really like right now. Usually it’s not a problem for me to find something to spend my extra money on… I have a bit of a need ALL the THINGS problem (especially with tack!) but at the moment my spending money is going towards paying off debt that a major vet bill or two and an ACL…

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Simon’s 1st Day at the New Barn As Told Through Animated Gifs

Simon’s 1st Day at the New Barn As Told Through Animated Gifs

Before I talk about how silly my horse is, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the winner of the Happy Hound personalized equestrian stationary!  Congratulations to Grey Horse Matters for winning the stationary giveaway! As for Simon’s 1st day at the barn – his official word is that this is the weirdest horse show he has ever been to. When I was driving down the long farm driveway with speed bumps (aka I was driving slowly) I looked across…

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Moving Day

Moving Day

We’ve moved. This worry wort pony mother survived and in case you’re wondering, so did Simon. I don’t exactly know why, but this barn move has been stressing me out. It shouldn’t, because new trainer is great and Jen is great and Simon is pretty great too. Think I just need to lock Nancy Negative in a closet because I really need to stop worrying so much. So Jen arrived with her beautiful truck and trailer, and my horse decided…

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