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Month: July 2014

Equine VS

Equine VS

I’ve been waiting to post this until it was official, but I’m experiencing something brand new in my equestrian adventure… quarantine!  For those of you who haven’t heard, equine Vesicular Stomatitis is spreading through central Texas right now.  Here’s a little about the disease (from The University of Vermont): Vesicular Stomatitis is classified as a rhabdovirus since it has a bullet-like shape when examined under a microscope.  Signs and symptoms very closely resemble those of Hoof and Mouth disease, which…

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How I Put My Spending In a Box and Close It

How I Put My Spending In a Box and Close It

Last week, I expressed my budgeting failures to y’all.  No dramatic updates there… I didn’t become Dave Ramsey overnight but I’m working on it.  I do however, want to tell you something I’m really good at. I am really good at not spending money on “extras” for my equestrian life. Of course, that depends on your definition of extra.  Showing?  Of course.  Chiropractor?  Of course.  Multiple show shirts?  Yes!  But I do have my limits damnit, and I’d like to walk…

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Bounce Baby Bounce

Bounce Baby Bounce

I really wanted to title this post “Baby’s First Bounce” but since no one will believe me when I call my eight year old pretty damn broke horse a “baby”, let’s just simply say we did our first bounce in our Sunday lesson. First, we did trot poles.  Simon started out very tense and a bit worked up about them.  He wanted to be very forward and rushing going into the gymnastic.  With his shorter stride we had a hard time balancing…

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Working On Our Trot Trot

Working On Our Trot Trot

I’ve been trying to push our flatwork up to the next level for a few reasons.  First, let me give you a brief synopsis of how I usually hack my horse. Wow you’re lazy today.  Well, lazy means I’m not getting run away with!  I can do lazy… I’ll call it “long and low”.  Well we’ve done a few laps now, I should do circles or leg yields or something.  That was moderately successful.  Those hard hard.  Let’s canter!  Two…

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Saturday Simon Update (With Paddington Cameo)

Saturday Simon Update (With Paddington Cameo)

Earlier this week we talked about Simon pants, I was a bit meh.  I basically made the decision to do some easy (read: inexpensive) things to further try and fix our problem, try to stop being so neurotic about it and essentially ride him until it goes away or gets bad enough to really dive in and diagnose. Five days later, I am feeling pretty optimistic.  First in my plan of attack was to get Jen to ride him to get her…

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My Job at the Cult – Financial Freedom

My Job at the Cult – Financial Freedom

On the first day I showed up for work at the cult, I was given a homework assignment. “We require everyone who works here to read this Dave Ramsey book.  Financial independence is very important to us,” the HR person said as he handed me the book.  “There will be a quiz,” he added. Now there’s nothing wrong with Dave Ramsey and I know a lot of people love him, but this immediately turned me off from anything DR.  I…

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Columbia Omni-Freeze Sun Shirt Review

Columbia Omni-Freeze Sun Shirt Review

Just like everyone else, I’ve been lusting after all the pretty show shirts that are becoming super popular.  Being really light skinned (I’m essentially Norweigan) and living in the land of 300 days of sunshine, I feel like a sun shirt is a fair purchase.  That being said, I’m also broke.  I have a $50 cap for how much I’m willing to spend on a riding shirt for schooling purposes only. That knocks out all the major brands that everyone…

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Two Years of Nerd Horse

Two Years of Nerd Horse

Last year, I did a post showing how Simon evolved in the first year I owned him.  Since this July marks two years since I’ve had the creature, I figured I’d do another before and after type post. Again, we’ve had our ups and downs but I feel more strongly than ever that this horse is the perfect match for me right now.  I just hope he stays sound and we can enjoy many more years together. We may be…

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DIY – How to Crochet Your Own Fly Bonnet

DIY – How to Crochet Your Own Fly Bonnet

Epic DIY post of epicness today.  We all know my fascination with bonnets, but I get sticker shock every time I look at one… even the more reasonably priced ones.  So I did what any rational horse lover would do, and I asked my mother in law to teach me to crochet. She gave me a tutorial, which you can re-create by going to youtube and watching videos.  For my bonnet, I used the single crochet stitch the entire time….

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One Week Post Injections Meh Fest

One Week Post Injections Meh Fest

Confounding horse continues to be confounding… but then again what else is new?  Let me dive into some more detail. Simon finished his 7 day rest and 2g bute/day on Friday.  On Saturday morning, I headed out to the barn to give him a light walk/trot hack and see how he is.  Now I realize he will still have some bute in his system at that point, so I expected him to feel amazing. Overall, he did.  Huge shoulder swing….

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Attack of the Winged Insects

Attack of the Winged Insects

I live in a very old house.  When I say old, I’m speaking more like Eddie Izzard’s opinion on American history than old old.  Our house is no 1800’s New England  house (lived in one of those too), but it was built in the 1930’s and it wasn’t built all that well.  More sharecropper’s shack than chic bungalow. Not only is our shoddy cute house old, but it’s also the most secure part of our wealth.  Why is that important?  Because…

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Throwback Thursday – Elvis

Throwback Thursday – Elvis

Feeling a little nostalgic for the little old red horse lately.  Elvis is also probably the most photographed horse I’ve ever owned.  A few months after I got him, my beloved childhood horsie best friend colicked and was put down.  I took that as a lesson that there was no such thing as too many pictures, because I only have a small handful of Doodles. Anyway, here are some of my favorites from all facets of Elvis.  Keep in mind…

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