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Month: August 2013

Equine Photography Tips I – Your Camera

Equine Photography Tips I – Your Camera

I post a lot of pictures on this blog, and often get comments asking questions about what kind of camera that I use and what settings, etc.  Equine photography is something that I really enjoy doing now as a hobby, although I did briefly shoot events and private sessions professionally in North Carolina. The trek from newbie with a low level digital SLR (single lens reflex) to a competent local pro photographerwasn’t quick or easy.  I’m also not saying I’m…

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Photography Friday – Friesian Carriage Horses

Photography Friday – Friesian Carriage Horses

There is something really appealing about European carriage horses to me.  I’m probably making a blanket statement here, but as a general rule they seem better bred and better cared for than the average American carriage horse.  Of course, there are exceptions to this! These Fresians caught my eye several years ago when we were traveling in Berlin.  Berlin is not my super most favorite European city, especially for photography, so shooting these guys made me smile. And now to…

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5 Favorites Under $50

5 Favorites Under $50

Nicku from The Polka Dot Periodical is having a contest! If you don’t read this blog, check it out if you are an Appaloosa lover, an eventing enthusiast, or enjoy reading well written blogs by positive minded people! She’s calling for people to submit their favorite product under $50, so here’s my list! KL Select Fly Veils I have sang their praises before, but at $25.95 online with TONS of color combinations and exceptional quality… there’s no reason why someone…

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Mountain Horse Richmond Field Boot Review

Mountain Horse Richmond Field Boot Review

I bit the bullet and got myself a pair of tall boots that retail for over $200.  I know, my budget is shocking with most people getting tall boots retailing for a lot more… but I’m poor.  Also, as previously discussed I have a stupid wide calf and I kind of hate tall boots in every imaginable way. Join me in my campaign to have half chaps acceptable in the hunters everyone! No? Okay, fine. I’ll tell you about the…

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An Awesome Lesson

An Awesome Lesson

When my trainer texted me Saturday afternoon asking me if I was lessening on Sunday or waiting until Tuesday, I wasn’t sure the best answer. Simon had over a week off for his stitches to heal, and I while I was planning to ride that evening I wasn’t sure how he would be. I’m really eager to train for our next show (about a month away!), and figured worst case scenario I’d have a fresh horse. No big deal. I…

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Horse Movie Review Challenge

Horse Movie Review Challenge

I recently wrote about some of the worst horse movies ever, because I sometimes have no life and apparently am a 12 year old girl when it comes to my entertainment choices. The other night was one of those nights. My husband went to bed early not feeling well, and I took the opportunity to watch “Danny” (which I actually enjoyed!) on Netflix. After watching the horse movie, it suggested several other horse movies… which led me to an idea….

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Photography Friday – The Big E Saddleseat Show

Photography Friday – The Big E Saddleseat Show

I have a confession to make. I think Saddlebreds are gorgeous. I don’t want to own one. I don’t want to ride one. I don’t want to get into an argument about how the trainers may or may not be “abusive”. I just think they’re really pretty. I also think these photos, taken at the Big E fair in Springfield, MA are also kinda pretty. The lighting is a bit challenging in that arena, but I managed to get a…

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Insurance for the Free Gimpy Horse

Insurance for the Free Gimpy Horse

When I first acquired Simon, I made a deal with my husband that I would only have a horse if I carried insurance on it.  We’re both hard core animal lovers and bleeding hearts, and we knew that if it came down to the choice of saving my horse or going into large amounts of debt… we’d probably go into large amounts of debt.  That scared him, so I assured him that insurance was the answer. Now over a year…

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Trust Your Head

Trust Your Head

I’m a helmet advocate.  That being said, when you post pictures riding without a helmet on your blog I’m not going to comment things like WEAR A HELMET YOU GD MORON or YOU DON’T DESERVE TO OWN HORSES IF YOU DON’T WEAR A HELMET!!! Some people are like that – I’m not. I recognize it’s a choice, but the choice I make is to do the best I can to protect my head.  My head keeps my husband from having…

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Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit 2

Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit 2

This past Saturday I spent another day at the horse show cheering on friends and taking pictures.  Each summer circuit show has a special Saturday night class, and this weekend was the jumper classic.  It’s a big deal to us with a satin obsession, because they award giant beautiful neck ribbons. And who doesn’t want to win giant beautiful neck ribbons? As always, it was nice to observe the horse show from a spectator’s point of view. Some horses just…

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Simon and the Sarcoid

Simon and the Sarcoid

A few months ago in late May, I noticed a scab on the outside of Simon’s front right fetlock.  He must have nicked it being Simon (because he’s constantly covered in various skin ailments and scabs and bites), and I gave no thought of it. A few days went by, and the scab was still there as well as was hard to pick off.  Weird, but it’s better not to go digging into my horse with my fingernails.  He probably…

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Photography Friday – Raleigh CDI Dressage

Photography Friday – Raleigh CDI Dressage

Though we all know I’m a hunter/jumper girl, I appreciate pretty much any kind of horse show with quality horses and riders.  So when my local fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC hosted a major dressage show several years ago – I checked it out. I really think hunter/jumper shows could do with a few more flags in the background.  It makes for a nice photo backdrop! Also, how do you dressage riders get your boots so shiny? Dude, seriously. How?