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Month: October 2013

Halloween Horse Costumes

Halloween Horse Costumes

I’m a big fan of holidays. Usually I make treats, decorate the house, and get all into whatever the holiday spirit is. This year for Halloween, I kind of missed the boat. Been far too busy with other life things to get excited about the holiday… so I’ll share some pictures of me and Simon last Halloween when we were celebrating! Doesn’t he make a great tropical guy? Last year was actually the first time I’d ever dressed my horse…

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Real Equine Professionals – Lauren

Real Equine Professionals – Lauren

It’s no secret here that I am a big fan of hunter derbies. A highlight this year in me living vicariously through my other horsey friends was when a former NCSU equestrian teammate, Lauren, qualified and competed in the 2013 Hunter Derby Finals. I ‘liked’ every picture on Facebook, and smiled when I read her solid scores reported by equestrian sites. When I started dreaming up the ‘real equine pros’ series, Lauren was a perfect choice to interview! Who are…

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Working Through the Fugly

Working Through the Fugly

I had a bit of an epiphany last night, but it seems silly now that I sit here and write it down. In the interest of sharing and learning and all things bloggy – I’ll write it down anyway. So we’re working on our flat work. Last time I reported, my trainer basically told me that I had to make my horse work. Stop dropping his shoulders in the corners. Be “mean” if he doesn’t listen when I ask him…

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San Francisco

San Francisco

We just got back from a birthday trip for my husband in San Francisco. Even though he unfortunately got sick on his actual birthday, we had a great time. Neither of us had been to San Francisco before (I’ve never even been to California!) and we had a great time walking around the unique city. Since this was obviously several days without Simon or anything hunter/jumper, I thought I’d find horsey things around the city to share with y’all when…

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Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

I have been awarded the Sunshine Award by Paola’s Horse Blog. Thank you! The Sunshine Award is for people who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The nominee must do the following: thank the person who nominated her, nominate ten bloggers of her own, answer the ten questions given to her, and post them and the Sunshine Award button to her blog. Here are the questions: Mares or Geldings? Geldings. I don’t do mares well… unless they act…

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Makings of a Great Blog

Makings of a Great Blog

I’ve always been a blog aficionado. I technically started my 1st blog in 2001 when they weren’t that popular, and have read different ones throughout the years since then. Now that I’m blogging “for real” here at SMTT, I follow a lot of equestrian blogs. At the moment, it’s up to 302! Of course not all of those are very active, but I pretty much glance at most posts that go up from those 302 blogs (especially Monday-Friday, I get…

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Real Equine Professionals – Meghann

Real Equine Professionals – Meghann

I met Meghann years and years ago online in the cyber world of horse sim games, and have been watching her evolve in graphics and photography ever since.  She even joined us in New Orleans in October, 2010 to photography my wedding!  So it was a natural choice to interview her for my “Real Equine Professionals” series. Who are you and what do you do? 🙂 My name is Meghann Belser, and I’m the owner of Meghann Leigh Photography. I…

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Flat Attack

Flat Attack

It should be no secret to y’all that my horse and I have some work to do on the flat. How he is easier to jump than he is to hack is a mystery to me for sure! After the last show when I didn’t even try to do the under saddle classes, I knew it was time to get down to business on improving this situation. When my friend was visiting, she flatted Simon and made him look like…

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Hunter Princess Blog Hop – Favorite H/J Exercise

Hunter Princess Blog Hop – Favorite H/J Exercise

I’m in the mood to train, train, train!  Probably because I haven’t been able to ride due to vacation + the rain + more vacation on the horizon.  To get my training fix, I’d love to hear from all of you lovely hunter/jumper ladies what your favorite exercise is to school at home! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the queen of formal exercises.  My rides are a mix of working on me (aka Simon goes into…

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Horse Husband

Horse Husband

When you read the Chronicle forum (or really any horse forum), there is a running theme among a lot of the posters. They are primarily women. They often complain about their husband’s not liking the horse/not wanting to pay for the horse/hiding from their husband at the barn/etc. I consider myself to be very lucky not to be in that 2nd category.  My husband has come a long way with his understanding of my equestrian problem lifestyle.  When we first met,…

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Staycation Pony Rides

Staycation Pony Rides

One of the perks of having a good buddy that is a pro equestrian, is getting no holes barred yearly evaluations of your beloved ponykins.  I wasn’t sure what she would originally think of Mr. Simon pants because she is not always a super huge fan of Thoroughbreds.  It’s not that they are bad horses, but she’s surrounded by the top hunter/jumper horses in the world and that’s pretty much warmblood nation.  Even us OTTB aficionados can admit there are…

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Staycation

Staycation

I need a staycation from my staycation. This blog has been silent because I’ve been enjoying some days off with one of my bff’s and hitting up the Austin City Limits music festival.  It’s kind of a whirl wind blur of great music, smelly festival people, pouring rain, and extreme heat.  In short, I’m exhausted. The weekend was not entirely unhorsey, but I’ll have to fill you in on the Simon updates in another post.  I’m completely slammed at work,…

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