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Month: January 2014

Horze Fredrica Women’s Denim Breeches

Horze Fredrica Women’s Denim Breeches

It’s cold and dreary out.  Your horses are covered in snow.  If they’re not covered in snow, they’re standing in mud.  If they’re not standing in mud, it’s windy and cold.  If it’s not windy and cold you live in southern California or south Florida and you’ve won. For the rest of us, we are tired of winter!  What makes winter a bit brighter?  Breeches!  Even better?  Free breeches! Look at this model, doesn’t she look happy being outside in…

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OTTB vs Thoroughbred

OTTB vs Thoroughbred

I’m not a huge COTH forums poster, but I do browse it several times a week.  One day I stumbled on a thread that essentially said; “OTTB is not a breed.  Thoroughbred is a breed.  It annoys me when someone uses OTTB as if it were their horse’s breed.” Reading this, it occurred to me that I am one of those people. And why not?  I like the “OTTB” label.  It’s kind of like being in a club where horse…

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Getting the Stride

Getting the Stride

Due to Austin’s “Snowpacalypse 2014” last week mixed with spending all day playing cross country on Saturday, Mr. Simon hadn’t been ridden in three days before my lesson on Sunday.  On top of a fresh pony, the wind was nuts so I knew I was in for a bit of a wild ride. The lesson started off with building some gymnastics.  Trot in to a one stride to a one stride to a two stride.  At first, Simon was alllll about…

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Transformation Tuesday – Ashke

Transformation Tuesday – Ashke

I wanted to try a new feature on the blog, stolen from instagram since I’m a bit of an instagram addict.  If you haven’t heard of “Transformation Tuesday” it pretty much means exactly how it sounds – share two pictures that show an intense transformation!  I’ve been trying to think of a way to feature bloggers like the OTTB Spotlight and thought some cool “Transformation” stories could be a new way to do it! Today’s transformation is exactly what I…

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Cross Country Blog Friend Adventure Time

Cross Country Blog Friend Adventure Time

On Saturday, I got to cross two things off my “30 Before Thirty” list – go cross country schooling and meeting more bloggers!  To be honest, I was a bit out of sorts and did more soaking in that RAWR cross country action.  The dog drama last week has been emotionally draining and I showed up at Jen’s house running on about four hours of sleep… fun times!  Even being in a bit of a meh state, I had a blast…

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Selfie Sunday – BT Update

Selfie Sunday – BT Update

We’re now four days past the incident with Eliot and BT, and both BT, Tim and I are doing a lot better. Physically, her eye is vastly improved but we’ve come to understand that it will never be the same.  The swelling is down from OMG super creepy to er… her eye looks weird.  The redness in the “white part” is also a lot better, but the position of the colored part of her eye stays off center.  It’s more…

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Equestrian Book Review – Born That Way

Equestrian Book Review – Born That Way

More tween lit – fun times for all.  This one is not your usual fare though. I picked up Born This Way during my usual “search Amazon for all the free horse Kindle books”.  For those of you like that use an e-reader, check often because most books are only free for short periods of time.  Anyway, I picked this one up for $0 and gave it a try. It’s… interesting. I give the author points for a clever plot, because…

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Hunter Myths – Trail Riding

Hunter Myths – Trail Riding

It should be no shock to ya’ll that I think us hunter/jumper folks tend to get a bit of a bad rep.  I use the term “hunter princess” in this blog pretty tongue in cheek, because the good hunter/jumper riders I know are far from princesses.  They work hard, and they take excellent care of their horses. Something I’ve heard before from riders who show in other disciplines is that hunter/jumper riders never get out of the ring or that a…

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Derailed

Derailed

Eliot, my heart dog of heart dogs, just attacked BT, our sweet old rescued Boston.  I say just, but this happened last night as I will be posting this the morning after.  I’m completely heartbroken. Eliot has always had aggressive tendencies, but I manage him closely and thought things were getting better.  Apparently not.  We were feeding lots of chew bones and special treats tonight because Pascale the puppy has to stay calm after her spay.  Eliot had been giving…

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Something Cool Happened

Something Cool Happened

Back last November, I entered the Equestrian Social Media Awards on a bit of a whim.  I caught it early enough that there was no fee to enter, and I figured with almost a full year of blogging 5-6 days a week under my belt there wasn’t much to lose? After the initial nominations, I asked all you lovely readers to nominate us in three different categories. Then they closed the nominations, and I had to wait until January 20th…

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Cartwheels and Such

Cartwheels and Such

Whenever I tell my husband that we worked on gymnastics during a lesson, he comes back with “Wow, so Simon was doing some cartwheels and some hand stands?” He’s a funny, funny guy. So that’s where the title of this post comes from, because on my Sunday lesson… we did gymnastics!  And there were photographers there, so I’m blogging about it 🙂 Traditionally, we have a hard time with gymnastics.  You can read the back story about the first time…

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In Which I Steal a Haffie

In Which I Steal a Haffie

Fact: Jen lives about five miles from my house. Also Fact: I love Haflingers. Logical Conclusion: I must steal Paddington. If a Haffie is haff a horse, they need haff a pasture right? Aka my urban back yard. And they cost haff as much right?! You can see where this is going… Okay I didn’t steal him but I did get to ride him and basically we’re in love. Best friends forever. I will now refer to him as best…

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