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Month: June 2014

The Family Palomino

The Family Palomino

I spent the weekend with my Dad while he visited in Austin.  While this was fun for me, it didn’t leave much time for the barn.  It did however remind me of a story y’all might enjoy.  If you asked either of my parents, they would say they had no idea where I got my love for horses from since neither of them are enthusiasts.  Even though this is true, it’s not 100% accurate.  Long before I was born, there…

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The Simple Life Blog Hop

The Simple Life Blog Hop

It’s been a while since I participated in a blog hop, but in an everlasting search for simplicity this summer I felt like Viva Carlos’ topic this week was very appropriate: Other than money, what would make your horse life simpler? My completely realistic answer is that I wish my barn was closer to either where I lived or worked.  It’s a hike from either location unfortunately, and sometimes the 40 minute drive takes more motivation than it should for…

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My Job at the Cult – Managing Mojo

My Job at the Cult – Managing Mojo

Previously, I told y’all about the huddle and the DISC profiles from the craziest job I’ve ever had. Those had some cringeworthy moments for me and I’m sure for y’all as well… but the behind the scenes shittiness that went out beat anything I’ve ever experienced.  Let me tell you more! At the cult, people tended to get promoted quickly.  Promotions may or may not have title changes, but they always had an increase in responsibility and virtually never a pay…

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My “Freebie”

My “Freebie”

Last month, I wrote a post about free horses in Texas where I was a bit dumbfounded about people wanting everything for nothing or throwing horses away that were no longer valuable.  I received the following comment from Liz on that post: I think it would be really neat if you did a “part II” response post to this one where you have tallied the # hours you rode/trainer rode, # hours at barn not riding, # vet visits, #…

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Important Blogging PSA

Important Blogging PSA

You should probably pay the hosting bill for your website, instead of saying “Meh I don’t feel like it” or “I will do that later.” So yeah, I didn’t pay my bill… and then I did… and then the database this blog is attached to was like “Bye” and disappeared.  One mild panic attack later, all is well. Now if only I could find something to write about.

So That Happened

So That Happened

I joked with a barn friend last night that I am turning Simon into a trick pony… that may or may not be true.  Last night when motivation to do proper flat work was at an all time low, I got out a stirrup leather and put it around his neck.  My theory?  See how he would do riding from just a neck strap. We walk, trot, cantered pretty much without touching the reins at all.  He was a little…

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Pascale the Not so Puppy Update

Pascale the Not so Puppy Update

There’s been a lot of dog drama in my house in the past year, and because of that my dog blogging has been pretty much focused on my ongoing spaniel drama.  Today we’ve got to change that and give y’all and update on little miss Pascale, the puppy that got dropped off at my barn last September. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but when we took her to the first vet appointment we were told that she would…

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My Job at the Cult – DISC Profiles

My Job at the Cult – DISC Profiles

My interview for the job that shall not be named was interesting on many different levels, but one of those levels was the DISC personality test I was given.  Maybe my job career thus far has been old school, but I’d never been asked to take a personality test for a job before.  The one they had me take was the DISC profile, which as explained by Wikipedia: DISC is a behaviour assessment tool based on the DISC theory of…

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Totally Non-Competitive Summer Goals

Totally Non-Competitive Summer Goals

I said a few weeks ago that I was taking a break from showing for sure in June, and most likely July… and I may just get crazy and add August to that list.  This probably sounds crazy from the “Goals!  Show!  Derby!” personality I had earlier this year… but I’m seriously happy right now enjoying my horse in a leisurely way. My lesson on Sunday was super fun.  Sure, we got changes late, but I didn’t beat myself up…

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The Literary Horse

The Literary Horse

I’m writing this when it’s past my bed time and my brain is filled with all kinds of nostalgia and creative angst.  Reason?  I am writing again.  Not blog writing (although that will continue), but writing writing.  Prose writing.  Fiction writing.  Novel writing. And it’s terrifying. To distract myself from the task at hand, I started reading my creative writing pieces from my first college class, ENG 287 – Intro to Creative Writing.  To summarize, back then I was pretty…

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Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

It’s summer in Texas y’all, and that is no joke.  I spent about seven years of my childhood competitive figure skating, and about another four teaching lessons in high school.  Just adding that little tidbit to say that I much prefer cold to heat. Have you seen how blonde I am?  I’m convinced I am a Norwegian that got dropped off to grow up in humid North Carolina.  I didn’t like the heat there either, but it sure beats 105…

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Simon’s Summer So Far

Simon’s Summer So Far

I’ve been writing on virtually anything but my horse lately, and I know you’re all dying to know the intense details of Sir Simon’s life right now. Let me tell you, it’s super riveting. He rounded out a busy May of showing and training with a nice fat vacation while it rained and I was out of town.  Usually I’ll schedule some training rides for the princess when I can’t get out, but I figured he worked hard and could use…

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