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Month: May 2014

Let’s Make a Baby Blog Hop

Let’s Make a Baby Blog Hop

Otherwise known as let’s do a sex change on my horse and pretend I’m going to breed him blog hop! Even if I did own a mare, I’m pretty sure I would not breed.  There is so much risk and money and heart breaking in breeding.  Not saying I am only going to have OTTBs for the rest of my life, but I would probably choose to buy a yearling or two year old over breeding my own.  That being…

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Jumper Debut – Sunday

Jumper Debut – Sunday

The last morning of the horse show, I leisurely arrived at the show grounds again (love a “will not start before 9:00am class!) and opted not to lunge since it was pouring rain.  He had worked pretty hard the day before, and I didn’t anticipate any shenanigans. Since I felt so brave over the 2’6″ jumpers the day before, I briefly thought about adding a 2’9″ class to end the weekend on a challenge.  Sunday I decided against this for…

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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

After a brief break for Simon to eat some hay and me to change his bit back to our normal setup, we were on again for the 2’6″ jumpers. Our first course was the same as my previous 2’3″ class, so I didn’t have to do any more memorization (score!).  Waiting for our round I was super relaxed… which is a big deal for horse show nerves me.  Therefore, Simon was also super relaxed.  None of the jumps looked big to…

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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’3″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’3″ Jumpers

If you like cliff notes, here’s the high level overview: I had so much fun this weekend.  Simon was an absolute rock star.  Seriously y’all, he was just so good.  I could brag about him for days… and I guess I will be since I’m breaking up the show write up into several posts.  There’s just a lot that happened and a ton of photos so I wanted to write everything as detailed as possible without making the show post into a…

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What I’m Learning About the Jumpers

What I’m Learning About the Jumpers

I’ve had three official “jumper” lessons now.  That basically means I’m an expert.  Right?  Right. Since I’m such a baby jumper expert, I will drop some pearls of my new-found knowledge on you. Bam! In jumpers, there are more jumps.  Shocking I know!  When I used to be like “Ah, I’m so ready for this hunter course to be done” around fence 8… in jumpers, I’m still going.  I’m still going and I also have to jump off (hopefully) soon….

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Sprucing Old Items

Sprucing Old Items

My debut in the jumper ring with Simon is just a few days away!  Squeeeeeeeeee!  Naturally, part of the reason I’m excited is because I get to wear all the fun tack.  That is a reason for celebration… not stressing about late leads, super bonus! That being said, I really try to live by the philosophy that I should only use things I need on my horse.  Though jumper tack is super fun, I don’t currently need a flash or figure 8.  I…

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WEF – Junior Jumper Hardware

WEF – Junior Jumper Hardware

When I go to WEF, I feel like I’m at a horse show aquarium.  So I watch a lot and take a lot of pictures and learn by observation. One of the things I like to do is pick a class and see what kind of bits/hardware/tack people are using.  For this trip, I chose a Low Junior Jumper classic.  It was interesting, because overall I’d say that the horses at this level were super athletic, fast and scopey… but…

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Transformation Tuesday – Beckett

Transformation Tuesday – Beckett

There have been some great Transformation Tuesday stories submitted so far.  When looking through some old photo albums, I realized I had my own transformation story to share about the horse I never talk about.  The horse that kind of haunts me a little.  This is the story of Beckett, my third horse. My former trainer has a knack for finding a diamond in the rough, and when she talked to an AQHA trainer friend of her’s I got super…

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Free Horses In Texas

Free Horses In Texas

There is a Facebook group I used to belong to called “Free Horses In Texas.”  Contrary to many of its members, I did not join it because I wanted a free horse.  I have a free horse.  Let’s do a quick refresher. I initially paid $0 for Simon I would be shocked if he passed a vet check very cleanly I have spent several thousand dollars on training I have spent several thousand dollars on soundness maintenance & diagnostics I…

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Photography Friday – Fairgrounds Race Course

Photography Friday – Fairgrounds Race Course

I don’t consider myself a horse racing aficionado by any means, but I can’t help but love watching horse racing in person… and photographing it!  In honor of the Preakness tomorrow, I decided to post some of my favorite horse racing pictures. These were all taken at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.  I haven’t been to many tracks, but I was so impressed with Fair Grounds each time I visited.  The place is impeccably clean.  The tack…

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WEF – Jumper Jacket Fashion

WEF – Jumper Jacket Fashion

As a hunter girl, I have few coat options.  I know if I want to be fashionable I show up with a navy coat and a white shirt.  Feeling old school?  Wear chocolate or charcoal.  Daring and trendy?  Hunter green. I don’t know much about the amazing coat fashion coming out of Europe.  I don’t get to play with those coats, but my jumper friends do.  What do I know about jumper coats?  They are pretty, and I take pictures…

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Why Do I Still Ride?

Why Do I Still Ride?

I may just start calling her the master of blog hops instead of Viva Carlos, but today she brings us another great blop question I’m answering: Why do you continue to ride? No doubt my life would be much simpler without riding.  My house would look nicer.  I’d have better clothes (you know, the normal variety).  There would be time and money for more traveling.  For a while I would have told you that my husband would be a lot…

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