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Month: February 2014

Saddle Temper Tantrum

Saddle Temper Tantrum

This post sponsored by the one giant “Fail Friday” that has been my February.  Onto March!  In like a lion!  Roar the suck away! Also, yesterday I had a temper tantrum.  Legit foot stomping, pissy, complaining, angry emails sending temper tantrum… over my saddle.  Sigh. Through the suck this month, I was looking forward to several things: cross country schooling (moved to March, but pony should be better by then so it’s all good), equestrian social media award winners (didn’t…

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Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Stifle

Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Stifle

In the world of the “weirdness” we left off with a plan to re-do Simon’s shoes, treat his hind thrush, and re-evaluate.  I’ve been attacking that thrush like a mo-fo, arranged to have his shoes re-done on Monday and all the while he felt quite good except for the occasional tripping/falling out during our rides. On Monday his shoes were adjusted, and while they looked beautiful… he still tripped/fell out in the hind during our ride.  In-between these blips he…

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Spaniel Rage

Spaniel Rage

On Sunday, I told ya’ll a bit about my heart dog.  I didn’t mention how we used to joke about “Spaniel Rage” when he was this adorable fluffy puppy, even going so far as to call him “Rage” as a bit of a joke from time to time.  Joke.  Haha, so funny. When I had Eliot as a puppy, I knew that socialization was extremely important.  Not to be cocky, but I’m pretty dog savvy.  He got interaction from other dogs…

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Photoshopping the Perfect Horse

Photoshopping the Perfect Horse

There’s been a lot in the media lately about photoshop.  With celebrities being anti-photoshop (show the world my wrinkles and hips!) or okay with it (show no one my wrinkles and hips!) the topic has gotten a bit polarizing. Simon has conflicted stances on Photoshopping his portfolio. He feels as if a little enhancing could really help him with the “plump, hunter warmblood look.” Without any post processing enhancements, his hope for an AQHA Aged Geldings Halter World Championship would…

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Getting Back to the Fun

Getting Back to the Fun

Saturday was the first 100% stress free day I’d had in quite a while, so I celebrated by spending all day outside with ponies and my camera.  If that doesn’t lift one’s spirits… I don’t know what will! Since several riders at our barn are getting ready for the early March hunter derby and I’m working towards the late April one, our trainer has done a great job doing “derby lessons” that offer more challenging courses than the typical outside…

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Selfie Sunday – Heart Dog

Selfie Sunday – Heart Dog

We all know the phrase “heart horse”, so it should come as no surprise to any animal lover that heart dogs are equally as common.  What I didn’t post about much this week, is how stressful my heart dog currently is right now.  This is not a post about that though – this is a post about our happier days. I got Eliot for my 21st birthday.  For months, and I do mean months, I had been begging my parents…

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Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

See my “2014 Show Schedule” in the right hand side bar of my blog? Get a good look at it, because I’ll be taking it down in a few days. Why?  Because at this point it’s kind of a joke and extremely inaccurate.  I’ve officially shifted my mindset from “We will show all the shows!” to “We will show when it seems fun and financially feasible.” I bring this up, because I made the decision this week to skip all…

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Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

On the dog and horse front, I may be starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Maybe.  This morning I’m feeling the most optimistic I have in weeks, so we’ll take that happy momentum and roll with it regardless of what ends up happening. Today, let’s talk about Simon.  I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read my post on his NQR’ness and offering their insight.  We left it with seeing how booting…

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My Blogging Mantra

My Blogging Mantra

I tend to write about blogging a lot on this blog. Probably because I like it, I don’t think I’m awful at it and way deep down under marketing content Lauren… I love to educate. My degree is in English Education ya know! Lucky y’all 🙂 I think when you write a blog, it’s easy to get lost in it.  It’s easy to feel superior because you have an audience of readers that respect you enough to read your blog….

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Keep on Keeping On

Keep on Keeping On

Simon is still not quite right.  I’m just a few bad rides away from the crazy train… hell who am I kidding – I’m probably already on the crazy train.  I may have been born on the cray train.  Here’s the timeline: Thursday, January 30th: Simon comes out stiff, works out of it Friday, January 31st: Simon comes out stiffer, works out of it but I give him the night off Saturday, February 1st: Simon looks great in the AM,…

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Transformation Tuesday – Tristan

Transformation Tuesday – Tristan

I’ve been reading An Eventful Life for a while, but had no idea about the amazing “before and after” behind Amanda’s eventing partner, Tristan. I first met Tristan in the summer of 2005. I had graduated from college and had a job lined up for the fall, and was staying with family at working at a convenience store during the summer before. The job didn’t pay enough for lessons, so I started volunteering at a local rescue: Ever After Mustang…

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Simon’s New Favorite Chiro

Simon’s New Favorite Chiro

In an attempt to move my horse from NQR land to “feeling like a million bucks’ land, I had the chiro come out last week.  Last time Simon had a chiro adjustment, I wasn’t able to be there and wasn’t sure I felt a huge difference afterwards.  I decided to give chiro another chance before I made a firm opinion on whether it was worth the money or not, and wanted to be there to witness and ask questions. The…

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