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Month: January 2014

Saddle Woes & Waits

Saddle Woes & Waits

One of my “30 before I’m 30” items is getting a new saddle, but it wasn’t just because I like pretty new tack.  The fit on Simon’s saddle has gone from not ideal to pretty much abysmal. With his bulking up over the summer, the tree width is officially too narrow for his shoulders.  That’s causing the back to rock and move even more than previously.  We went from occasional rocking, to having his hair under the back panels being…

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Equine Photography Tips IV – Timing Over Fences

Equine Photography Tips IV – Timing Over Fences

It’s been a while since we’ve revisited the equine photography tips series, but a Facebook fan and friend mentioned that I kind of dropped it off… whoops!  She asked specifically about timing over jumps (amongst others I will cover soon!), so we’ll cover that today.  If you want to play catch up, you can read the timing under saddle post or browse my entire equine photography archive. Timing over fences photos is both the easiest and the stupidest hardest thing…

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SWOTs Starting 2014

SWOTs Starting 2014

New year, time for a new SWOT analysis.  Honestly, I don’t think I’m very good at these.  I tend to bucket things into “good” and “bad”, but I guess that’s part of the point of this exercise.  As with most of the goal driven things on this blog, I originally nabbed this idea from Viva Carlos. Strengths Simon has a year+ of showing under his belt Consistent saddle time has me and Simon in a good place My trainer is…

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The $100,000 Question

The $100,000 Question

Thought this was too fun not to participate… especially since I’m eating pb&j all Q1 to pay off my credit card and hopefully soon new saddle.  From An Eventful Life! Imagine someone gave you $100,000 free and clear. Assume taxes are already taken care of and you can spend the whole amount. The catch: you have to spend the whole amount on horse-related things. What do you buy? Much to my husband’s dismay, the game is to do horsey expenses…

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Needlepoint Belts

Needlepoint Belts

I have a lot of dorky hobbies, and one of them is needlepointing.  I love to stitch equestrian stuff, and although I’m good at finishing the stitching part I lack follow through on turning them into actual things.  Example?  I have five beautiful equestrian ornaments I finished last spring… and they’re all still in the canvas waiting to be turned into actual ornaments. I’m hoping to break my “not finishing” streak this year, because I got a belt canvas for…

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Slow Weekend

Slow Weekend

I was planning to have an awesome lesson write-up post for you with tons of new and improved jumping pictures.  But I have jack.  Why?  Because I hate the weather. I know that immediately I will get a bunch of comments about how much worse your weather is than mine, but at the moment I don’t care.  I lost a lot of days riding this week due to rain, and when it was beautiful low 70’s and sunny on Saturday, all the…

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Show Me Your Barn Blog Hop

Show Me Your Barn Blog Hop

I love my barn, so I figured this blog hop would be a good opportunity to show it off!  Plus, it’s really neat to see the different places that everyone rides.  There is a lot of variation per disciplines and location. View of the Barn There’s actually four barns on the property, but this is a shot of the main one as you’re walking from the parking area to it. Horse’s Living Space Simon has had several different stalls on…

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Photography Friday – Winter at the Farm

Photography Friday – Winter at the Farm

One of my personal goals this year was to take more photos with my ‘real’ camera instead  of my iphone… and even though that’s a personal goal I am 100% okay with those photos being horsey! I’ve lugged ‘ol trusty to the barn the past few weekends, and spend a little bit wandering around like a crazy person with a massive lens in tow.  Crazy person or not, I really enjoy taking more photos again and am pleased with some of…

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Real Equine Professionals – Jessica

Real Equine Professionals – Jessica

I get asked a lot about my time working at SmartPak, but it’s been a long time since I worked there and I’m not really the best person to ask.  However, that doesn’t mean that I want to leave y’all high and dry!  Jessica is someone I met while working there, and she is one of the most professional, smart and driven people I’ve ever met in the work place – equestrian jobs or not.  Of course she was a…

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How I Got My Bridle

How I Got My Bridle

Once upon a time, I lived in NC and boarded at a legit “A” barn for the first time in my life.  The trainer there at the time was from New Jersey and grew up riding the 3’6″ big eq and all things legit hunter/jumper.  She was the real deal. In contrast, I had my from-the-newspaper QH without lead changes and didn’t really know what being in a “program” meant.  She didn’t have a problem with those things as I…

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A Very SMTT Contest Participants

A Very SMTT Contest Participants

It seems like forever ago, but I held my blogaversary contest and got some fantastic entries!  I wanted to share them with you when I announced the winner, but I was on the road traveling and didn’t have the ability to multi task that much in the car without vomiting over all the things.  Now that I’m firmly planted at my desk… I can share the entries with y’all! Bella sent me some super cute graphics she made of Simon…

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My Equestrian Un-Bucket List

My Equestrian Un-Bucket List

I love Karen’s blog, Bakersfield Dressage not because I’m the world’s biggest dressage nut… but because she is an insanely positive person and much wiser than I am.  So it’s not surprising that she came up with an idea that I adore and had to make my own version of.  From her blog: Mary Baker Eddy says in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of…

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