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Month: August 2014

Eliot’s Agility Career

Eliot’s Agility Career

This post could also be titled “I feel compelled to always jump at least one animal competitively over fences.”  There’s only been one extended period of time in my adult life when I didn’t ride.  I filled some of that time with model horses and the other bulk of it was spent learning agility with Eliot, my springer spaniel. When I first got Eliot, I wanted to do therapy dog work with him.  Of course since that was the plan, Eliot…

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Google Translate George Morris

Google Translate George Morris

I like silly things.  From being stuck at a desk 8-9 hours a day, I get a little punchy… especially in the afternoons.  During one of these silly afternoons, I discovered Google Translate Sings!  It’s pretty amazing.  The concept is basically this: Take popular song lyrics Put them into Google Translate between roughly 6 different languages Translate them back to English See what you get! I was trying to figure out how to put an equestrian spin on this, so…

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Elvis and the Versatility Class

Elvis and the Versatility Class

In certain open shows in North Carolina (and probably elsewhere), there is such a thing as a Versatility Class… and it is awesome.  Rules vary per show, but the format is always as follows: One horse & rider combination for roughly four classes with major tack changes back and forth.  The horse & rider must stay in the ring for tack changes, and can have 1-2 helpers.  The helpers stand at the edge of the ring while the classes are…

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My Previous Life as an Ice Princess

My Previous Life as an Ice Princess

I started riding lessons at 10/11, which is probably an average age for kids.  For many years though, I considered that “late” because I started my first competitive sport when I was 5.  Even though I’ve always loved horses, the lessons came later in my childhood because my first love in life was ice skating. Growing up in North Carolina, ice skating was kind of a spectacle to folks.  It was still super rare, and I have no idea how…

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How to Take Black Background Horse Photos

How to Take Black Background Horse Photos

There’s a not-so-secret trick that equine photographers keep in their bag of tricks.  It’s striking and classic, and makes people go “oooo” and “ahhhh”.  What am I talking about?  The “black background” shot. It’s one of the most impressive pictures you can take of your horse, but it’s also one of the easiest.  There’s no special lighting or big black backdrops we set up behind the horses… the trick is a barn aisleway or door with the light shining in…

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My Job at the Cult – The Promotion

My Job at the Cult – The Promotion

Given the turbulent environment at the cult, you’d think there wouldn’t be much room for upward growth.  In contrary, they actually gave promotions out like candy. Unlike candy, promotions weren’t very sweet.  It was more of a curse than a blessing really, because they did not typically come with any raise.  I knew several people who received a lot more responsibility, often switching departments or roles entirely, to bring the same amount of bacon home at the end of the day….

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Summer Grooming Routine

Summer Grooming Routine

Even though we are heading towards fall in many parts of the country, here in central Texas we’re marching towards “later Summer”.  Honestly, it hasn’t been all that hot this year (yay!) but we’re due for some 100 degree days in the near future and I know the heat is not done yet. Now I’m not vain about many things in life, but how my horse looks is one of those things.  I want to be able to see my…

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One Lameness For Another

One Lameness For Another

As most of you know, I spent a large part of July trying to figure out why Simon was NQR.  It has half gone away, and half improved by a mix of strategies we’re currently working through.  Of course we can’t be drama free in the Mauldin household, and another creature is showing lameness signs… but it’s not a horse. Pascale has been NQR for the past few weeks, and I’m concerned she has signs of hip dysplasia. At the…

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Rock Solid Citizen

Rock Solid Citizen

Once upon a time I had a green horse.  Rides were somewhat unpredictable, and some lessons I could do my best and things would still kinda suck overall because he was green. Then I took weekly (or twice weekly) lessons for two years.  I added a weekly training ride.  We went to shows with the only goal being “get around”.  We did more stuff at home on our non-lesson days.  Slowly it started coming together. Simon has always been a…

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The Wishlist Game

The Wishlist Game

I hit a wall Friday afternoon at work, and may or may not have spent time building out a SmartPak wishlist.  Typically, I’m not a online window shopper, but with my massive lack of shopping I was really having the itch to “purchase” some things. My rules for adding things to the list were as follows: Only things I really needed/wanted (aka not a dressage saddle or a halter for every single occasion possible) Things I realistically planned to buy/acquire…

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A Bit Confusing

A Bit Confusing

I’ve never been a person to have a lot of extra stuff.  I find something I like, and then use it until it dies, hence my one bridle.  Even my bit collection is pretty small, with about 5 bits total. Two of those are for my old horse, and are too small for Simon.  One is western, and one is for my DraftX… so that leaves Simon with his one and only bit. I use a 5″ Myler Comfort (Level…

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