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Month: December 2013

1st Blogaversary – Blog Statistics

1st Blogaversary – Blog Statistics

As of December 19, 2013… I’ll have been blogging SMTT 2.0 for a full year.  It doesn’t seem like that long, but 269 posts later I have met cool people I didn’t know previously, learned a lot and overall have had a great time leaning in this little blogspace. Because I am a) a dork b) proud of my blog, I’m dedicating a short blogging series to all things bloggy in SMTT land.  In my real job I do online marketing…

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Model Horse Showing – Giveaway Winner & Conclusion!

Model Horse Showing – Giveaway Winner & Conclusion!

It’s been a fun little journey sharing my obsession with small plastic ponies with y’all, and today’s final post I want to share how you can get into the hobby if you found it interesting!  Plus, we’ve got a fabulous giveaway to draw a winner for… but I’m saving the best for last 🙂 If You Enjoy Reading More about Model Horses – Check out the following blogs!  These are some of my favorites and cover different aspects of the…

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Burned Out

Burned Out

I might have hit a wall. Have been pushing through this lack of motivation/busy time of the year by continuing to ride 3-5 days a week.  In the (for me) blistering cold (okay, mid 30’s).  In the wind.  In the dark. The rides have been a mixed bag.  We’ve been doing lots of complicated to us flat work, and sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s stellar.  Overall, productive stuff. Then the weekend rolled around and while it was supposed to…

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Names of Horses

Names of Horses

This has been an incredibly rough year for a lot of our friends in the horse blogging community. While we’ve all had our struggles, I think any horse lover can agree that the worst nightmare situation is losing your best friend. It’s been a tough year of loss for some folks. As I sit here doing some reflecting what has been a stellar year for me, I know it’s not been the same for some of y’all. Wish that wasn’t…

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Simon Conformation Update

Simon Conformation Update

I am the first person to admit that I’m a bit of a conformation idiot.  I can tell if a horse is shaped like a donkey (and is in fact, a horse… not a donkey) but that’s about as far as it goes. So when I looked at these two comparison pictures, I was kind of like “WAH HE LOOKS THE SAME.  No proof of hard work.” Therefore, I whined to Jen. Jen is not a conformation idiot, and said she…

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Simon Says Please Vote for Us!

Simon Says Please Vote for Us!

This is Simon.  Hi Simon! Besides looking stellar in his new turnout sheet, he has a little request of you today.  See, I work pretty hard on my his blog keeping content fresh, interesting and relevant for my his readers.  On a bit of a whim, last month I entered She Moved to Texas in the Equestrian Social Media Awards in three categories: Best Use of Social Media by an Amateur Horseperson Best Use of Social Media by a Newcomer…

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DIY Hand Painted Stall Sign

DIY Hand Painted Stall Sign

While I used to love the plain, copper looking engraved stall signs lately hand painted stall signs for your horse seem to be on the rise.  My absolute favorite ones are by Simply Equine Design.  They are beautiful, and the woman who makes them does a great job.  They are also pricey, but worth every penny. Since I’m a) cheap b) somewhat artistically inclined, I decided to make my own.  It’s not as fancy as the professional ones, but it was…

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Model Horse Showing – Why I Stopped

Model Horse Showing – Why I Stopped

Last week I told y’all all about my favorite aspect of model horse showing, performance classes.  After showing all the pictures of my miniature kingdom and how much I loved it, today I’ll be touching on why I stopped showing and collecting as a hobby. Most adventures that were met with such enthusiasm don’t end abruptly, but I remember sitting in my house when we first moved to Texas after Breyerfest and staring at my shelves of models and props….

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2013 Show Season Wrap Up

2013 Show Season Wrap Up

When 2013 started out, I was planning on showing my lovely creature as much as possible.  I wanted to get a lot of miles on Simon and hopefully mold him into my good little show horse.  Then he was lame for four months, and all my hopes were dashed.  At the beginning of his rehab we switched barns, and I was just happy to be riding again. Needless to say, the fact that we got our shit together enough to…

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Case of the Holiday Wants

Case of the Holiday Wants

Is there anyone who doesn’t have a wish list this time of year? If you’re one of those people who are like “I don’t need anything because I have the love and support of my family and Jesus” then that’s great… but I doubt you’re a horse person. Us horse people always need want shit. It’s a problem. This time of year is an especially hard time for me and my case of “the wanties” because my Birthday and Christmas…

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A Very SMTTexan Contest

A Very SMTTexan Contest

We are approaching the 1 year anniversary of this blog being dedicated to my Simon pants and me actually blogging consistently.  I have a series of posts planned to share some fun facts and figures with you as well as some little tidbits I’ve learned during this grand blogging experiment. When I started SMTT 2.0, I didn’t have much of a goal in mind.  I wanted a blog that people would read, and I wanted a little validation for writing nearly…

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The Winter Struggle Bus

The Winter Struggle Bus

Simon and I have a well established routine this time of year, and by well established… I mean this is what we did last year: work hard all year to horse show, go horse show, end on a high note, pretty much ignore Simon until after new years… and then start all over when he’s sound again. See, I have plenty of drive and motivation when the shows are looming… but after our year end show ribbons and debut at…

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