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Month: February 2014

Selfie Sunday – Case of the Mehs

Selfie Sunday – Case of the Mehs

This entire post is full of first world problems.  I have nothing legitimate to complain about, and I realize this.  Compared to some people’s problems, I am oh so lucky at the moment. That being said, I’m going to whine a little bit. While 2014 certainly could be worse, it hasn’t exactly gotten off on the right foot.  Dog drama abounds in my house.  We are almost two weeks post BT’s enucleation and I still haven’t been able to breathe easy…

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Valentines from your Horse

Valentines from your Horse

Even though they might not always show it, our horses do love us.  While I wouldn’t expect to get a bouquet of roses from them… you may just get a card or two 🙂 Happy Valentines day everyone! I hope you have a day filled with love whether it’s with your horse or your significant other… lots of kisses and hugs 🙂

Why I Heart Hunter Derbies

Why I Heart Hunter Derbies

Hunter derbies make my little heart go pitter patter.  I love to watch them, read about them, take pictures of them and hopefully soon… ride in one.  Large or small I don’t care, I am pro derby! Even though I adore them, I know enough about derbies to be dangerous.  Not totally clueless, but it’s not like I’ve campaigned in the derby ring for a season.  In lieu of an “informative” post from someone who’s definitely not an expert, I…

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A Plethora of Half Pads

A Plethora of Half Pads

I became obsessed with half pads around 2007 when they were all the rage for hunter shows.  Everyone who was anyone was showing with just a half pad, and it was different!  I liked different. Even though I show in a fitted pad these days, I’m still very pro half pad. I’ve owned quite a few of them, and now I’m going to tell you my 2 cents about each.  Get excited. Cheapy no-name foam half pad I found at…

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Transformation Tuesday – Shyloh

Transformation Tuesday – Shyloh

Today’s transformation features an adorable Haflinger (and y’all know how I love a good Haffie!) from Adventures of Shyloh. Here’s her story! She is a little spooky, but not at things horses normally spook at. ” This is what I was told when I went to look at Shyloh before I bought her. The buying of her could be a story in and of itself, but it all ends to I bought her. She was just what I wanted: a mare, a…

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My Experience with IHSA

My Experience with IHSA

I’ve seen different posts on blogs throughout the past year where people had a negative experience with IHSA, which is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Reading those posts always made me a little sad, because I absolutely would not be the rider I am today without participating in this program. Instead of being bummed, I decided to write about it… and here we are at today’s post. Disclaimer: I’m writing from my personal experiences only, and I stopped riding IHSA…

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WEF 2014 Booked!

WEF 2014 Booked!

Life has been a struggle bus so far (more on that tomorrow), which is why I’m uber excited about my trip to Wellington this year! I’m going a tad bit earlier than normal, for week 10 instead of week 12.  While this means that the classes going on won’t be quite as spectacular, it’s still the best place to visit for any hunter/jumper enthusiast… and I get to hang out with one of my best buddies! Even though my trip…

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Ariat Breeches Review

Ariat Breeches Review

I recently received some Ariat breeches to review, which is pretty much as exciting as it sounds.  Breeches!  In the mail!  It’s like Christmas! My childlike enthusiasm aside, I was genuinely curious about these because traditionally I have not been an Ariat breeches wearer.  Nothing against  the brand (love many other Ariat products), but I have hips and a butt and have had fit issues in the past with their breeches. One quick aside, I would usually post photos of…

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Denim Breeches Winner + Veredus Contest!

Denim Breeches Winner + Veredus Contest!

I know you’re all anxiously awaiting spring the winner of the Horze Fredrica Denim Breeches… and I have that for you today! :: Drumroll :: The winner is Elizabeth of Fit to Ride, Ride to be Fit! Congrats Elizabeth 🙂 I hope to have another sponsored giveaway for ya’ll on the blog soon! Until then, I wanted to share this contest that Veredus sent to me this morning. I wasn’t familiar with the brand, but they make oh so beautiful…

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The Not-So Weirdness

The Not-So Weirdness

When you think your horse has a broken back, it’s bound to be not much of anything. So I had the vet out yesterday afternoon and was prepared to do hock injections and hoped my horse didn’t have a rare degenerative spinal disease. You know, the normal fears. When the vet called, he said that he lunged Simon on the hard ground and the ring.  He was ouchy on the hard ground, and responded positively to hoof testers in his…

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The Weirdness

The Weirdness

Even though we had a fun weekend at the schooling show, something is nagging me in the back of my head – Simon is NQR.  Here’s the timeline: Wednesday: Trainer jumps Simon 2’9″ – 3′ in training ride.  She says he is awesome. Thursday: I ride Simon in a lesson. He starts off feeling a little weird every now and then in the hind, but not consistent. By the time I get the words out of my mouth for trainer…

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In Which Simon’s Mom Proves She’s an Amateur

In Which Simon’s Mom Proves She’s an Amateur

I kept a bit quiet about it beforehand, but Simon and I went adventuring to a small hunter/jumper schooling show with Jen and Paddington Bear this past Saturday.  I’ll be 100% honest and partially wanted to go because I figured it would be a small show and we could win pretty ribbons.  Yup, I’m vain and shallow at times… sue me!  🙂  Because I had this thought there ended up being tons of kiddos in our division, go figure! Of…

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