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Month: January 2015

Outfits for the Plus Sized Hunter/Jumper

Outfits for the Plus Sized Hunter/Jumper

Shopping for riding clothes is always hard.  They’re expensive and they fit weird and they can be oh so exciting, but also a huge let down.  Add being a non-traditional size for a hunter/jumper rider, and the challenge grows. Though I’m not a fashion diva at the barn or in real life, I have tried my best to dress just as stylishly as thinner equestrians.  The general tips are stay away from super Euro or super trendy, and SmartPak is…

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31 Photos Prior to 31

31 Photos Prior to 31

After doing my 30 before 30, I decided a year long birthday challenge was something fun to add to my yearly blog goals. However, I didn’t want to do another horse bucket list this year. Therefore, I asked readers to help me come up with photography ideas that they would like to see on the blog. It was fun reading everyone’s suggestions! I took all of them to heart, and added some of my own as well. Some were modified…

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TOABH: Wish We Could

TOABH: Wish We Could

My mood has been foul this week for no particular reason.  I could dwell on that, or I could distract myself with an equestrian fantasy in The Owl’s Approve‘s blog hop this week.  I choose option two. Let’s pretend that financial restrictions don’t exist and logistics isn’t a nightmare.  If you could do anything with your Ponykins, what would you do? If I could do anything with Simon, it would be show at WEF for the entire twelve week circuit….

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The Weather is Crappy, Life is Boring and I’m Over it

The Weather is Crappy, Life is Boring and I’m Over it

While you wouldn’t expect a Texan to complain about the weather, winter riding and winter survival in general is a bit different here.  See, up north where it’s truly cold, there are institutions set up to deal with the cold.  These institutions include things like snow plows, covered riding rings and winter jackets. A cold day in Texas means “put on a sweater”.  Cold + any type of precipitation?  Forget it.  If it’s below 40 and raining, we’re going to…

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Sleeps With Dogs

Sleeps With Dogs

I have a question to pose to y’all today. In its simplest form… do you let your dog(s) sleep in the bed with you? Before you answer, let me give you background. When I was a kid, our family dog was primarily an outdoor dog. She slept in the garage with a dog bed, and when it was especially cold outside my parents let her sleep in my house. On those rare nights, she slept at the foot of my…

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OTTB Spotlight – Marley

OTTB Spotlight – Marley

All Thoroughbreds are cool, but it’s pretty much a fact that North Carolina and Texas Thoroughbreds are the coolest!  Okay… I may be a little biast there, but today’s awesome OTTB comes from my former NCSU Equestrian teammate Bette.  Meet her pretty mare, Marley 🙂 What is her registered name? Cool Marlene Lineage? Finn McCool x Mean Marlene (Citidancer)- She does have some fun names in her pedigree- Secretariat, Native Dancer, Northern Dancer, and Storm Cat- of course these are…

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Without WEF

Without WEF

For the first time in four years, I won’t be traveling to watch the Winter Equestrian Festival this year. I’m a little sad about it. It was always a good time visiting one of my closest friends. Even above that, there’s nothing in the world like WEF. When they describe it as horsey disneyland… they aren’t joking! I often hear that people found my blog through the WEF posts, and a small, silly part of me thinks I may be…

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How to Use Professional Horse Show Proofs on Social Media

How to Use Professional Horse Show Proofs on Social Media

Rant alert – one of my biggest pet peeves is to see people willy nilly posting professional show proofs on Instagram.  Yes, they’re of your horse who’s adorable and amazing.  Yes, there is almost always a way to save the picture from the photographer’s website.  No, that doesn’t make it okay to use. I realized a while ago, that many people just don’t know that this isn’t okay.  While the world of photography and social media has a lot of…

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Horse Bloggers Weekend Confirming Details!

Horse Bloggers Weekend Confirming Details!

Remember last year when Jen and I invited everyone to a bloggers weekend in Austin?  Well, that’s officially happening!  There’s even a date… Friday, February 27th – Sunday, March 1st in Austin, Texas Now, we’re basically two months out so it’s time to really confirm details.  I’d love to get a Facebook group or e-mail list of people who are seriously interested in coming whether you are local and would love to meet up for a day or want to fly…

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30th Birthday Safari Fun Time

30th Birthday Safari Fun Time

For the grand event of my 30th birthday, I was faced with a day off work with my husband and absolutely no idea of what to do. The problem with having a big birthday so close to Christmas is that no one is usually around. In face, we’re typically in a plane or car trying to make a celebration out of playing the “Alphabet Game” as the road rolls by. This year though, I made the request to not be…

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Winter Staycation

Winter Staycation

As of today, I’m back in my normal schedule of work plus barn plus life.  Even though I’ve enjoyed my time off, I mostly like my job and am okay getting back in the routine.  See, since December 23rd I’ve been very much out of any routine. My company closes every  year between Christmas and New Years and the way the dates fell this year, I didn’t have to go back in the office until today.  Usually all of this extra…

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OTTB Spotlight – Riley

OTTB Spotlight – Riley

Time for our favorite off the track feature!  Even though Life of Riley is on a bit of a hiatus at the moment, her adorable OTTB still gets a feature today.  Let’s learn more about Riley 🙂 What is his registered name? Women No Easy, 2009 Chestnut Gelding. (I HAD to give him an Irish name since, I’m an irish citizen and he was foaled on St. Patrick’s Day!) Lineage? He’s an AP Indy Grandbaby, by Golden Missile out of…

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