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Month: July 2013

Simon’s Sire – Earth Colony

Simon’s Sire – Earth Colony

One of the joys of having a horse that’s registered is frantically googling all of their relatives.  In the horsey family tree, only a few really matter in my opinion – Sire, Dam, any full siblings, and any half siblings from the same dam.  Luckily for me, my search for Simon came up with solid results on several of these categories! Here’s the quick facts about Earth Colony, Simon’s sire. Earth Colony (KY) B , H, foaled February 11, 1991…

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Instagrams for the Hunter/Jumper Lover

Instagrams for the Hunter/Jumper Lover

Like Laura from The Roany Pony, I have a weeee  bit of an Instagram problem. I attract a lot of twelve-year-old girls to my instagram page because I publish a lot of pictures of ponies. A lot. of pictures. of ponies. Non-horsey friends think I may be borderline insane. Actually, even the horsey friends might think so too because they will also instagram the selfies, pictures of beer and tacos. Me? I pretty much play to my audience of twelve-year-old girls….

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What A Difference A Year Makes

What A Difference A Year Makes

Technically I should have written this post at the beginning of July, because July 2012 is when I officially became Simon’s owner.  I’m a few weeks late, but I wanted to show some transformation pictures to show y’all how far we’ve come. He went from being the scraggly horse that not many people thought was worth much, to a solid citizen with a job and some small success (that I’m sure will grow!).  The biggest surprise to me is that…

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SWOTs Summer 2013

SWOTs Summer 2013

A lot has changed since the first time I evaluated our SWOTs and I snagged the original idea from this post from Viva Carlos. Let’s be honest – I snag most motivational tools that remind me what I need to work on from her blog, because it’s the bestest. I looked back on the first post the other day, and realized that a ton has changed since March and July… so even though spring and summer are pretty close time…

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Photography Friday – Saratoga, NY Horse Farm

Photography Friday – Saratoga, NY Horse Farm

I visit my friend in Wellington, FL every year and stay at the luxurious farm she works at located in Grand Prix Village… but that’s not her only residence throughout the year.  Years ago when I lived in New England, I visited the farm’s summer location in Saratoga, NY. Saratoga is a cool, artsy little town with a lot of horse history and the farm is not too shabby either!

(Some of) the Worst Horse Movies Ever

(Some of) the Worst Horse Movies Ever

I recently had a discussion with some folks about the worst “guilty pleasure” movie you’ve ever seen.  For me this is probably almost every horse movie ever made. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good ones.  Seabiscuit is my personal favorite.  Black Beauty makes me cry every damn time, and The Black Stallion is an all time classic. But some movies, oh some movies.  How far have they fallen. The Young Black Stallion Disney, you should have left this one…

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Equestrian This or That

Equestrian This or That

I won’t lie, things have been a little dull around here lately.  Don’t get me wrong, dull can be a great thing.  It means your horse isn’t trying to kill himself (again), and you’re happy with your barn, etc.  Dull though is not a good thing for blogging fodder. So instead of bore you with intense descriptions of trot circles and canter transitions (our theme for this week), I’ve created a little “this or that” – equestrian style.  If you’re…

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Experiencing a Horse Show Told by True Blood Gifs

Experiencing a Horse Show Told by True Blood Gifs

Today is really frustrating me for a wide variety of reasons.  The post I had for today is going to happen later this week, and instead you’re going to endure my True Blood obsession for a little bit. Horse shows have a lot of feelings, often in a manic kind of way.  Laughter?  Tons.  Crying?  Oh yes. If you’ve never been to a horse show, it’s hard to explain the drama involved.  I’m going to do so with True Blood…

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Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit I

Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit I

The only better thing than showing at our local Summer Circuit is hanging out with barn friends and taking pictures all day. Another plus to this is that I can leave at will, and am not stuck at the Expo center for 4 days in a row.  That is a long, long time to be at the Expo center in Austin.  If you haven’t been there, you just have to take my word for it. For some horses, there is…

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Photography Friday – Arabians

Photography Friday – Arabians

Once upon a time I was a poor college kid (or recently out of college) with a little equine photography business, and I took my first paying farm call.  The owner wanted some pictures of her saddleseat bred Arabians trotting liberty for a sales ad.  Being young and fresh, the horses offered up a lot more galloping and trotting but it sure led to some beautiful photos. Even though arabians aren’t “my breed”, these are still some of my favorite…

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Five Horses

Five Horses

I originally saw this at Viva Carlos and just adored her post and all the others I’ve seen going around lately. I had to think about this a bit, because it isn’t exactly easy to pick the 5 most influential horses of your life. 1. The Intro Horse. We each came into horses in our own way, but it was always with a horse leading us. This might have been a friend’s first pony, or perhaps it was a draft…

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Jumping Ahead

Jumping Ahead

In general, I’m a forward thinker.  The next big thing.  The next challenge.  Up up.  Forward.  It’s rare for me not to have a goal, and I’m not always the most patient person getting to that goal. But patience is one of the most important aspects of riding. Jumping ahead is a problem I have with my equitation, and my psyche when it comes to Simon.  Sometimes I want to run before we can walk, and that’s pretty detrimental to…

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