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Month: September 2013

Hunter Princess Blog Hop – A Princess Stereotype You Break

Hunter Princess Blog Hop – A Princess Stereotype You Break

I use the term “Hunter princess” pretty tongue in cheek, because a lot of people in the horse world don’t.  Sometimes us hunter gals are associated as the Barbies of the riding world, and that stereotype isn’t usually earned or even fair.  Of course… there are exceptions – aka someone who used to ride at my local show circuit with a hole in her riding glove so her giant engagement ring could stick out… true story. In reality though, a…

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Three Videos That Will Warm Your Horse Loving Heart

Three Videos That Will Warm Your Horse Loving Heart

Okay I’m a few months early here, but there’s a lot going on and I needed a pick-me-up.  Since there’s two work days between us working folks and Friday afternoon – I figured y’all might need a pick-me-up too. There are tons of videos like this on Youtube, but these three got me all misty eyed, warm and fuzzy. I love these little girls. I love how happy and grateful they are, and I love that I still feel that…

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Battling Show Nerves

Battling Show Nerves

Even though I’ve actually shown a lot in my life, since 2008 s I’ve been to a grand total of three shows and all of those were in the past 12 months.  Even though I thought I had conquered my show nerves in the past, they have returned with a vengeance. I know this is something a lot of riders struggle with.  For me, it’s all about mixing exposure and attitude.  Go to a lot of shows.  Go to a…

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Three Weaknesses and One Strength

Three Weaknesses and One Strength

This is the week of lessons ramping up to the horse show.  Usually I do one group lesson and one training ride for Simon per week, but on a horse show week I’ll swap a training ride for a lesson.  That combined with my usual weekend lesson means a group jumping lesson every other day until we go to the show to school on Friday.  That much instruction means we have to improve… right?  Right?!? Heading to Sunday’s lesson I…

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Horse Sex Offender List

Horse Sex Offender List

My horse has put me on the equine sex offenders list, and I’m not very sure I can argue with him. Here’s my confession… in 18 years of riding horses I have never cleaned a sheath.  I know, I know… you may cast your stones at me.  You may call me an awful horse owner…. but it’s true. See, the place I learned to ride taught me excellent horse care.  I could muck a stall and cold hose a leg before…

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Hunter Princess Blog Hop – Your Ideal Show Outfit

Hunter Princess Blog Hop – Your Ideal Show Outfit

No matter what discipline you show in, we all have a “if money were no object” wish list for our attire.  It’s stupid that show clothes are so expensive… but they’re so pretty.  Today for the blog hop – pick a fantasy show outfit if we didn’t have that thing called a budget (Eventers – you should pick one for the show jumping phase 🙂 ). From head to toe, I’d start with a black on black GPA Speed Air helmet….

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How Not to Prepare for a Horse Show

How Not to Prepare for a Horse Show

We are now 9 days out from my next show, and I am doing a stellar job preparing… NOT (You have to read that ‘not’ in a Borat voice or it loses all effect).  Let me share with you some of my plan, so you can duplicate before your next big shindig. Stress eat because work is so… stressful.  Added bonus for trying on your show clothes and having the buttons on your show shirt laugh at your attempts to…

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Horze Halter Giveaway Winner!

Horze Halter Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Horze Halter Giveaway! It was definitely my most successful giveaway ever – thanks to our wonderful sponsor Horze. And from all of the wonderful entries our winner is… Equine Snob!  This is probably very cheesy, but I wish I could give all of you halters 🙂 As for me, I’m busting through a very tight deadline at work after being out of town for Labor Day weekend.  Nothing has happened on the…

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