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Month: November 2013

The 5 Day Challenge – Day 2

The 5 Day Challenge – Day 2

Another fun day of Tracy‘s 5 day challenge! 6. Favorite equestrian book and movie Oooo, that’s a difficult one.  I kind of have the same answer for both… Black Beauty!  For those of you who haven’t read the book, you really must.  There’s a fantastic section in there about humans pursuing fashion in terms of horses, and the horses hate fashion and don’t understand it.  The book was written in 1877, and the exact same sentiment holds true today.  It’s a…

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The 5 Day Challenge – Day 1

The 5 Day Challenge – Day 1

Tracy from Fly on Over came up with this cool challenge and I wanted to play! 1. Most influential person on your riding This answer has three parts for me, mostly because I can never give a one absolute answer to anything. In the way of support, the most influential person is my husband.  Without him, my horse life would be drastically different.  He also believes in me and gives me the little push I need sometimes to press on….

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Christmas Card Exchange

Christmas Card Exchange

I’ve been doing Christmas cards of my equine family for years. Horses in Santa hats are always cute, but even if there are no Santa hats involved I like to have at least one nice photo and a milestone to celebrate the furry loved ones in my life that year.   This year is no different, and I’d like to share my Christmas card tradition with you readers! If you’d like to receive a holiday card from yours truly, please…

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Model Horse Showing – Artist Resins and Customs

Model Horse Showing – Artist Resins and Customs

Last week in model horse mania 2013, we went over original finish halter showing. Today we’re still in halter land, but instead of factory finish plastic ponies I’m going to introduce to the beautiful world of customs and resins. Get ready to be wowed by a lot of amazing photos by Jennifer Buxton who has a beautiful collection of these horses. Today’s post will be photo heavy, because I think the beauty of these pieces can be explained best by…

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CTHJA Year End – Sunday

CTHJA Year End – Sunday

Sunday was the second and final day of the horse show… also, the best day! I woke up with an agenda that terrified me – show a 2’6″ division for the first time in my life. I know for a lot of seasoned horse showers, this isn’t a big deal. People at my barn tell me that it’s not a big deal. My horse still practically canters over the 2’6″… but for me, it’s a really big deal. It’s the…

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CTHJA Year End – Saturday

CTHJA Year End – Saturday

Horse show hangover is happening for real. I’m both super elated about how this weekend went and completely over it all and ready to decorate my house for Christmas and do non-horsey things for a little bit. Good news is that Simon has definitely earned a few days off and the weather is too yucky to ride anyway. By the middle of the week I’ll be re-charged and ready to go tackle the mess of dirty tack and wraps that…

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CTHJA Year End – Friday

CTHJA Year End – Friday

Doing some quick micro blogging during the show 🙂 Friday I got in first, got our stalls unlocked and put out shavings while trying to calm my spaniel down from his worried mania. I guess my springer (my buddy for the weekend) forgot what shows are like since it’s been so long. He kept wanting to go back to the car… Sorry buddy, were here all weekend – but I digress! Lunged Simon for a bit but could only trot…

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Real Equine Professionals – Jennifer

Real Equine Professionals – Jennifer

I’m sure most of us have a huge respect for veterinarians.  After all, they help us with our beloved ponies in times of need.  In addition to the obvious, I think most horse owner know that being a vet can be a hard, thankless job.  With that in mind, I loved today’s interview from my buddy Jennifer! Who are you and what do you do? 🙂 My name is Jennifer Wickline and I am an equine veterinarian near Dallas, TX….

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Ermahgerd Outfits

Ermahgerd Outfits

My brain is almost 100% on the year end show, and because you guys are my captive readers I’m going to drag you down the crazy train with me. Most of my showing has been exclusively at local one day shows and schooling shows, and last year’s CTHJA year end show was my first “away from home” weekend show where I actually sat on my horse and rode him around a ring.  Success! This year the year end show is…

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So You Want to Go to a Hunter Show?

So You Want to Go to a Hunter Show?

I’ve been told by an eventing friend that hunter/jumper shows are a foreign world and leave her feeling very confused.  It’s hard for me to see that since I’ve only been to hunter/jumper and open shows, but after reading some blogs lately about people feeling frustrated to some degree after attending a hunter/jumper show I thought I’d give my two cents.  It may or may not be helpful, and I’m sure I’ve missed something so if my fellow hunter/jumper enthusiasts…

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Model Horse Showing II – Original Finish Halter

Model Horse Showing II – Original Finish Halter

So last week in my model horse series, I told you how I got into the hobby and became obsessed with little plastic horses. This week, I’m going to explain a bit about a huge part of the model horse showing and collecting hobby – original finish halter. That doesn’t make sense now, but it will soon! What does Original Finish mean? Models come in all shapes and sizes. Some are sculpted and painted by individuals, but most are factory…

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