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Month: May 2013

Things To Consider When Deciding To Move Barns

Things To Consider When Deciding To Move Barns

Time flies when you’re having fun… or when you’re working and rehabbing your horse and supporting your husband through his last full semester of graduate school.  Time flies in those scenarios as well, maybe doubly so. A while ago I announced that I would be moving Simon to a new barn and today is the day. Jen from Wyvern Oaks has graciously offered to trailer him to the new barn for me this afternoon (thank you thank you thank you…

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OTTB Spotlight – Cuna

OTTB Spotlight – Cuna

I bet a lot of you have heard of today’s featured OTTB who his mom affectionately calls a “mean ass bastard horse.”  I don’t believe it for a minute though, and neither should you.  🙂  Cuna from SprinklerBandits is the kind of horse we all are lucky to have at least once in our lives… and to top it all off he’s an OTTB too! What is his/her registered name? His Jockey Club name is Acuna, but the USEF knows him as…

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Saddle Fund

Saddle Fund

When I first started buying tack for Elvis, I didn’t see any point in buying anything name brand or nice.  I would get the cheapest of the cheap stuff off of Ebay, and think I was a whole lot smarter than people who spent mega bucks on fancy stuff.  Stupid them. Then I decided I needed a Western headstall in light oil with silver conchos.  Had I shown Elvis western?  No.  Was I realistically going to show Elvis western?  No, but…

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Happy Hound Personalized Equestrian Stationary Giveaway!

Happy Hound Personalized Equestrian Stationary Giveaway!

This giveaway has ended.  Thank you for all the participants and you can see the winner here. And now for something completely different… an amazing giveaway sponsored by Happy Hound!   My inner east coast preppy girl loves classy, personalized stationary and Happy Hound specializes in just that.  With beautifully classic art in equestrian designs, the winner of this giveaway will be writing in style with their own set of Personalized Equestrian cards with envelopes. Here’s the skinny on these vintage equestrian…

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Honeymoon Stage

Honeymoon Stage

Simon and I are leaving the honeymoon stage I think.  At first it was the Wow!  You’re my new horse and you’re amazing in every way and I’m gonna love you forever and ever and ever because you’re the most special creature that was ever created! That probably lasted from July (when he first officially became mine) until September. In October through December we were in a different but still honeymoon phase.  We had been to two local hunter/jumper shows,…

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Sim Horse Games Got Me My Career – Part 3

Sim Horse Games Got Me My Career – Part 3

Today we reach the final oh so exciting conclusion of how my dorky horse hobby is almost exclusively responsible for my career.  In Part 1, Sim Horse Chat I developed strong typing and descriptive skills, and in Part 2, Automated Sim Games I discovered Photoshop in a major way… but the real reason that simming helped me get my career is learning web design. Even though sim chat and automated sim games were fun, my favorite sim games to play…

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OTTB Spotlight – Henry

OTTB Spotlight – Henry

He’s hunky… he’s dashing… he’s All In‘s Henry as this week’s OTTB Spotlight! What is his registered name?  House of Fortuny Lineage?  His dad is Atticus and mom is Mitzi. His great great grandpa is Secretariat 🙂 Did your OTTB race? If so, how’d they do? Yes and he was way to slow! What do you do now with him? Hunters If your OTTB was a musician, who would they be? Ummm not sure, how about an actor? I love…

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Not So Quick Decision

Not So Quick Decision

I interrupt your horsey news for a post about foster dogs, because that’s where my head is right now. We have fostered for Springer Rescue for several years, although not recently since Tim is no longer working from home full time and my bratty spoiled spaniel, Eliot, doesn’t really play well with others. On Friday though, we were contacted again for a special case dog. An older female in really rough shape, that we were asked to foster since we…

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Building Back Up

Building Back Up

Let’s take a break from all the fake horses for a bit and get back to the real star of the show, Simon! His royal highness seems to be doing well. Due to some interesting weather, I only got to ride twice this week but lunged him one additional day. He treated to me to some shenanigans and let me know that the impending thunder storm was a big deal. Don’t be jealous. He trots for this for like 3…

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Sim Horse Games Got Me My Career – Part 2

Sim Horse Games Got Me My Career – Part 2

In Part 1, Sim Horse Chat I fessed up to my secret horse sim addiction that’s been around since I was a kid. While Sim Horse Chat helped my typing and descriptive skills, discovering automated Sim Horse games really opened up a new world to me. Hello Photoshop! Automated Sim Horse Games are sites that have a sign-up, usually a fee to play, and run in a similar fashion: you buy/sell/breed virtual horses that have stats, train them to improve…

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Lesson in Horse Finances

Lesson in Horse Finances

That’s actually a bad title for this post, because I’m not going to teach you anything.  I have a lot of skills, but managing money is not one of them. Which is why I’ve started the terrifying educational experiment of keeping track of all of Simon’s expenses for 2013. All of them. Even fly spray. In the past when people heard I had a horse, they automatically assumed I was rich.  Well who am I kidding – that still happens.  Full disclaimer –…

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Sim Horse Games Got Me My Career – Part 1

Sim Horse Games Got Me My Career – Part 1

I am a closet sim horse game player.  There, I said it.  The weight of years of hiding behind my fake cyber ponies has been unlifted!  Really I should say I’m a former sim horse game player, because I don’t exactly have time for such things at the moment but I will tell you one thing: I owe my career to these games. That may sound drastic, but it’s true.  I went to college for English Education (high school teaching), and I…

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