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Month: March 2014

Canter to Your Horse

Canter to Your Horse

One of the reasons I like keeping Simon in training rides, is that my trainer knows him extremely well.  Though I do maintain that I know my horse better than anyone, my trainer knows horses in general way better than me.  She has tons of experience in her tool box that I don’t, and I could ride Simon 7 days a week and progress slower than if she rides him once a week with me hacking in-between lessons.  That’s why…

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Equestrian March Madness 2nd Qualifier

Equestrian March Madness 2nd Qualifier

Time for a second round of voting for March Madness!  Today we have four matches  to get us closer to the semi-finals.  I’ll update the bracket as well this week with all of today’s and last week’s winners. First up is a west coast battle between hunter/jumper Wilbur, Ellie, & Emily and all-around jack of all trades Throughbred Adventures.  Both bloggers have multiple horses, but will multiple disciplines come ahead in the end?  Vote below! [socialpoll id=”2191687″] Next from the…

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Equestrian Coach Giveaway Winners!

Equestrian Coach Giveaway Winners!

Announcing the winners is my favorite part of Giveaways!  Thanks again to Equestrian Coach for sponsoring this awesome giveaway.  Even if you’re not a winner today, be sure to check out the site as they have lots of free videos from some top names in equestrian sports. So our five lucky winners are… Lindsey B Amy O Austen G Aoife Stephanie P Congrats to all the winners!  I’m linking the awesome John French video again below as a consolation prize to…

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Happy 8th Birthday Simon!

Happy 8th Birthday Simon!

This time last year I had a lame horse turning seven, and we certainly have had a lot to be thankful for in Simon’s seventh year!  We moved barns, got out to several horse shows, and most importantly improved our partnership quite a bit. I really feel like he’s maturing from the gangly lame OTTB into a muscled, above average Thoroughbred show horse 😉 We still have our struggles, but I’m so excited to see what the eighth year will…

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Equestrian March Madness Begins!

Equestrian March Madness Begins!

Y’all seem to really like this silly contest I created, which is awesome!  We had a total of 42 blogs sign up to participate, and I’m starting things one day early so I can schedule some voting during my vacation at WEF this weekend. I will start this “Madness” off by admitting that I thought making a bracket was easy.  Turns out it’s super easy if you have exactly as many blog entries as there are NCAA teams competing… if not,…

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Blog Hop – What’s In Your Name?

Blog Hop – What’s In Your Name?

This is a particularly good topic for me, because unlike many of you my blog (though horsey related) is not named after my horse or  the equestrian world in general.  So for this week’s blog hop by Viva Carlos we have… What is the story behind your blogname/url? I moved to Texas in spring of 2010.  Though I’m originally from North Carolina, we had lived for the previous almost two years in Massachusetts and the experience was not awesome.   We…

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20 Questions from the Daily Horse

20 Questions from the Daily Horse

I haven’t done a questionnaire thing in a while, so thought I would give this one a try for a rainy day.  Taken from Equestrian at Hart who got it from The Daily Horse. 1) What discipline do you ride?  Hunter/jumpers, primarily hunters right now but I’m hoping to be able to play in all 3 rings (hunter, jumper and equitation) this year. 2) If you had to switch your discipline which one would you choose?  If I kept Simon and had…

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EquestrianCoach Giveaway!

EquestrianCoach Giveaway!

It rained all weekend, and what did I do?  I snacked and watched way too much Call the Midwife and Cake Boss on Netflix.  What should I have done to promote my riding education?  Learned a ton on Equestriancoach!  Since I want y’all to make the better choice, I’m really excited to bring you this giveaway today! I first learned about Equestrian Coach when I audited the Bernie Traurig clinic last year. It’s a fantastic idea, and is a great way to get more knowledge…

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Selfie Sunday – Working Through It

Selfie Sunday – Working Through It

I’ve been talking a lot about my dogs here lately, and while I gave y’all a pretty thorough background of Eliot’s aggression and our recent issues.. I didn’t say what we’ve been working on to fix it.  I realize this situation can’t continue without a serious intervention.  We can’t risk our dogs getting hurt over and over again, and Eliot isn’t happy either.  Faced with the possibility of re-homing him or euthanasia (worst case scenario, but let’s be honest… it…

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Dollar Days

Dollar Days

First  quarter of 2014 has been a time of “pay all the vet bills” for me.  Combine that with my saddle purchase, and I may be out of debt by summer.  Maybe?  Hopefully?  Therefore, I’m trying to spend less money.  This is not a skill of mine, but I improved my thrifty techniques over the years. Of course I still own a high maintenance horse, so I will not be teaching any financial planning classes just yet. One thing I…

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Blogging March Madness

Blogging March Madness

If you’re a basketball fan, you’re already thinking about what teams you’ll choose for your NCAA tournament bracket… but what about if you’re a horse fan?  We have no tournament.  Sad panda! … until now! I thought it might be fun to do a “March Madness” for equestrian blogs.  This is all in fun, and participation is completely voluntary. What is Eq Blogs March Madness? I will accept blog nominations from Friday, March 7th until Friday, March 14th.  That’s an entire week…

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Seven Deadly Sins Blog Hop

Seven Deadly Sins Blog Hop

Love this fun idea from Viva Carlos! Pride Seven great things/strengths in your riding life 1. Supportive husband 2. Good trainer 3. Helpful riding friends 4. Super honest horse 5. Funds to be able to show & take lessons 6. I have the discipline to practice and improve 7. I’m patient Envy Seven things you lack or covet for you or your horse 1. Lead changes 2. More funds for training & showing 3. Ability to do all the vet…

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