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Month: February 2015

Horse Bloggers Weekend is Here!

Horse Bloggers Weekend is Here!

It’s here!  It’s here!  I’m taking a half day at work today, and then commencing fun (and cooking) for tonight’s festivities.  So excited to meet some new bloggers face to face, and overall have a fun weekend geeking out with horse friends. I may or may not have bought My Little Pony napkins. If you weren’t able to make it, know that you are missed.  I hope this can become a yearly thing and perhaps be hosted by different people,…

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Do you filter your blog?

Do you filter your blog?

Last week, I shared a quick little story about Simon from a jumper lesson because my queue of pre-written blog posts (like this post today, ha) had been emptied.  Jen commented that she liked the non-filtered stories about me and my horse, which made me ponder. How much do I filter on here? Honestly, the answer is a lot. When I originally started SMTT, I wanted to be anonymous.  That lasted maybe a month… tops.  Then about two years later,…

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The Bell Boot Incident 2015

The Bell Boot Incident 2015

Who’d have thought I’d have more than one post to write on this blog about bell boots?  Back in 2013, bell boots caused Simon to sit on the ground like a dog.  At the show this past weekend, we had another incident with bell boots but this time it wasn’t nearly as visual. Since Simon has pretty severe hock arthritis, I take a lot of (USEF legal) measures to make sure that he’s comfortable at shows and doesn’t get stiff…

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San Antonio Charity – Sunday

San Antonio Charity – Sunday

To quickly recap Saturday, I had one amazing round with a great ribbon and two rounds where I made pretty major mistakes.  This is how Simon feels about his mom throwing away ribbons: For Sunday, I had two goals.  A) Go straight (Saturday I let him drift left a lot which caused issues) and B) Don’t go slow!  As soon as we walked into the ring for our first 2’3″ Power & Speed class, Simon wanted to trot whether I…

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San Antonio Charity – Saturday

San Antonio Charity – Saturday

If you follow my personal Facebook or blog instagram, you probably already know that I had a great show.  In case you don’t… I had a great show.  Great great great.  Feel like a million bucks great. My goals going in were to have a confidence booster for me and to give Simon a show where he felt like a rock star for being a good pony.  I can’t speak for Simon, but I feel like a rock star too and…

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Hunters vs Hunters vs Hunters

Hunters vs Hunters vs Hunters

A recent post brought to my attention that we might not all be on the same page about what a hunter is.  For my blog, when I say ‘hunter’ I’m referring to a USHJA style hunter that is judged on style, manners and soundness. A lot of people show open shows like 4H or generic schooling shows, where the term ‘hunter’ can be a lot more open.  I’m going to focus on the under saddle portion in this post, since that…

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How to make a good horse show dog?

How to make a good horse show dog?

I’m being brave and taking Pascale to the horse show with me this weekend.  Typically Eliot is my go to travel dog, but he came within milimeters of biting a child in the face at the last show I took him to.  I wish I was joking, but it’s the truth.  Also, he get super anxious during the packing up period (which can take hours).  I think it’s better for everyone that he stays at home in an environment where…

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An Anecdote

An Anecdote

Usually I have blog posts written for here about a week in advance, or at least a decent queue of pre-written posts to pull from when I’m not feeling creative.  Maybe it’s the winter or some other stuff going on, but lately I’ve had a hard time writing as much for the blog.  I’m not giving up my Monday – Friday posting schedule, but it is a bit more of a struggle. However, I do want to share a little…

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All Weather Ponies

All Weather Ponies

It seems like we can’t get through a winter without some people having really extreme opinions on blanketing. Don’t blanket your horses! It’s better for them to be all natural!  Clipping them is basically the same as BREAKING THEIR LEGS!!!!!!!  Only a foolish over protective person would blanket their horse! Don’t leave your horse out to the cold!  Horses have no natural defenses to the cold and the wind!  I would never let my horse out without a blanket if it…

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Zig Zag Pollywag Simon Wants to Jump

Zig Zag Pollywag Simon Wants to Jump

Let me start off this lesson recap blog post by noting two very important things. One – my trainer said that if we had been able to ride consistently for the past two months, we wouldn’t be having any of the problems we’re having. Two – a barn friend’s boyfriend took pictures of our lesson, and he’s basically the best person ever.  I owe him brownies. With that being said, I’m going to keep this on the shorter side today…

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Equestrian Gifts To Get Your Husband for Valentine’s Day

Equestrian Gifts To Get Your Husband for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Many of us horse lovers will secretly hope for an equestrian themed gift for us.  Some nice pony themed jewelry, a new saddle pad or halter… all great options for the horseback rider in your life. However, I think we are grossly under looking the gift potential for our husbands. Open any equestrian catalog and you will find a plethora of horsey gifts to get your husband for Valentine’s day this year. You know, to…

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Confidence is a Moving Target

Confidence is a Moving Target

I haven’t written about my rides much lately for several reasons. At first, they were super bad.  Simon was protesting the inconsistent riding and lack of jumping in the best ways he knows how – being super anxious and rushing through everything.  No listening to my seat.  No softening at the bit.  The wonderful flatwork we had worked so hard to get last fall disappeared, so I got super down about it. Obviously he has ulcers.  Needs a chiro visit….

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