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Month: November 2013

Momentum

Momentum

I grew up going to NCSU (go pack!) games with my Dad.  Every year he had season tickets to football and basketball, and I would join him at least a few times per season.  We both liked basketball the best, and the reason my Dad prefers basketball to football is that he says that basketball is a momentum sport.  The team’s performance swings a lot in highs and lows, and some good momentum can really turn the game around. I…

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Selfie Sunday – Pascale the Puppy Update

Selfie Sunday – Pascale the Puppy Update

Slight diversion from the usual news here… see, when I first started this blog back in 2010 (coincidentally when we moved to Austin) I wrote about whatever I felt like.  I don’t regret taking an all horse direction last year and have really enjoyed focusing on Simon, but there times like today when I had some crappy rides this weekend and don’t really feel like going on and on about my horse.  For those days, I’m going to experiment with…

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Equine Book Review – The A Circuit Series

Equine Book Review – The A Circuit Series

I have a dirty little secret… I love teen lit.  Can’t help it!  Years as an English major pretty much satisfied my need for the classics, and every since then I pretty much read trash (but not Nicholas Sparks… I draw the line at Nicholas Sparks hate hate hate hate hate).  Teen lit + equestrian lit = total Lauren happy, so thus enters Georgina Bloomberg’s brainchild, The A Circuit series. Literary genius, these are not.  To sum up the whole series, I…

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Stick With the Program

Stick With the Program

It’s taken me a few years to realize the importance of being in a “program” with your horse and what that means as far as my success in the show ring.  I think it’s a hard topic to write about, because the “program” is different for everyone. Just because you board at a fancy barn with good lessons, doesn’t mean you’re in a program. Just because you keep your own horses in your back yard, doesn’t mean you aren’t in a…

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Sore No More Product Reviews

Sore No More Product Reviews

What seems like forever ago, I won a great contest sponsored by Hillary at Equestrian at Hart. The prize was trial sizes of three Sore No More products – “The Sauce”, gelotion liniment, and shampoo. Life has been a wee bit crazy for me lately and it took a lot longer than I meant for it for me to use these products enough for me to bring you a real review, but today I’ll be telling my experience with “The…

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Horse Hair Everywhere

Horse Hair Everywhere

I think winter coats on horses belong in one of two categories. One being, the adorable category. Adorable as in the sweetest eyes you have ever seen. Who do those sweet eyes belong to? That’s Jen’s new Haflinger my new pony. His name is Paddington. You can give him a fro. Paddington gives 0 f’s about the fro. He’s just going to stare at you all cute like. You can braid his mane like a My Little Pony. Paddington don’t…

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Model Horse Showing I – My Hobby Confession

Model Horse Showing I – My Hobby Confession

A few months back, I wrote a post about equestrian design in the home. In that post, I shared the following picture: What I didn’t mention, is that the shiny model horse you see on the second shelf was at one time a lot more than a cute accessory. In fact, he was a tried and true show pony. Yes friends, it’s true; I’m a former model horse shower. To me, model horses are absolutely fascinating. It’s a extremely niche…

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Back At It

Back At It

After kind of a crappy week all around, my luck started changing on Thursday and I had an excellent weekend both hanging out with my mom and spending some time with Simon pants. On Thursday, I ran out to the barn at lunch to check my gimpy creature. He looked nearly 100%, so we decided to turn out. Saturday when I had more time I inspected the area on his heel that had been hot and puffy. It was noticeably…

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20 Questions

20 Questions

Stealing this questionnaire from Fly on Over who stole it from Viva Carlos who got it from she can’t remember thus proving there are no original ideas on the internet. Jk! 1. Whats your horses name and how did they come by it? Simon’s registered name is Williebered. I am told he was named after a relative. His original barn name was also Willy, although I didn’t find this out until years after I knew him as Simon. His show…

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Being a Good Blogging Citizen

Being a Good Blogging Citizen

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what I thought made a good equine blog. Digesting this topic some more internally, I wanted to write a follow up post about what I think may be even more important – being a good blog citizen. I didn’t realize when I started blogging that I would truly be entering a close knit community of people.  I now call several people I’ve met through blogging friends, and even if you’re not someone I…

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Hunter Princess Blog Hop – Expand Your Inner Princess

Hunter Princess Blog Hop – Expand Your Inner Princess

Well kids, it’s been a fun ride.  We’ve had 10 weeks of hunter princessness.  10 weeks!  That’s like… more than a gestation period for a human baby if it were 9 weeks instead of 9 months!  Okay, really bad analogy.  This has been fun to host, but I’m going to step down as hunter blog hop queen. For our last post, I want y’all to have a lot of fun with it. What would you do/change if you had no…

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Real Equine Professionals – Crystal

Real Equine Professionals – Crystal

I’ve known today’s interviewee for a long time.  What seems like a lifetime ago, we were trying to be brave enough to jump our horses over “the big coop” at the farm.  It was terrifying y’all, I promise!  She had an OTTB named Cookie and I had my wonderful Elvis. A lot has changed since then for both of us, and now Crystal manages a bustling farm and goes to some of the biggest dressage shows in the country –…

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