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Month: February 2015

Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream

I am my father’s daughter in many ways, but one of those ways is a deep love of sleep.  Naps?  Yes.  Deep sleep?  Totally.  However, the older I’ve gotten the harder it has been for me to get and stay asleep.  Though I do okay on sleep deprivation, I’m not a super huge fan of this trend. I also live in a household of snorers.  My husband snores.  I snore.  Our Boston Terrier snores.  We’re just a pack of loud breathing…

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Equestrian DIY – Make Your Own Baby Pad

Equestrian DIY – Make Your Own Baby Pad

When the saddle fitter told me that I needed to ride with thinner baby pads that had wither clearance, I hit the online tack stores to shop.  Unfortunately, most baby pads are square with no room for Simon’s shark withers.  I still want to order a custom Ogilvy or two for showing, but in the meantime I decided to hit up my sewing machine to get some baby pads for schooling. I started with 1 yard of quilted cotton fabric,…

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Simon Remembers He’s A Racehorse

Simon Remembers He’s A Racehorse

Some weekends are super refreshing, filled with lots of downtime and moments that say “Ahh, I feel so lucky to be alive and I’m so relaxed and recharged!” This was not one of those weekends for me. The bright side was the barn.  I got to ride in the sun for three days in a row, and my horse was really well behaved.  We even got to model some of our new stuff, and despite my riding flaws… I feel…

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Stepping Down to Move Forward

Stepping Down to Move Forward

When my husband took riding lesson (oh so briefly), he got very frustrated that riding wasn’t a linear progression sport.  I basically said “duh!” and expressed that it’s often one step forward two steps back… or at least feels that way. Yet, I forgot my own advice recently. This winter has been rough on us for riding consistency.  Not many barns in Texas have an indoor, and that includes us.  We’ve had tons of rain lately, and I’ve been lucky…

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Pony Mom Moments?

Pony Mom Moments?

It’s no secret that I’m a reality TV junkie.  Cancelling my cable subscription years ago did not curb my love of trashy TV.  Instead, I just watch trashy reality TV for much cheaper than I used to.  It works for me. So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw “Dance Moms” appear on my Netflix queue.  It’s completely over the top ridiculous.  Mix over involved mothers with too much money, wannabe diva children, and a fairly verbally abusive dance…

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Weigh In Wednesday – Shifting the Dial

Weigh In Wednesday – Shifting the Dial

I love the blogger trend that Tracy started with the equestrian circle and many others are participating in – Weigh In Wednesday.  I’ve read everything from why Jen went gluten free to healthy chili from Allison.  The range of topics, opinions and goals are great.  I enjoy perusing these posts every week, and still I sit here like “humph” because I really don’t know what to say. See, I took weight loss off of my goals list this year.  I…

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DIY Horse Show Ribbon Shadowbox

DIY Horse Show Ribbon Shadowbox

I will never be one of those people who throw away ribbons. Being able to show horses has been a life long dream for me. I’ve worked really hard to win and also pay for all of these ribbons. You can bet that I want them out where I can enjoy them instead of locked in a box or thrown away! Even that being said, my ribbon area was looking a bit hodge podge lately. I had stuffed Elvis’ entire…

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Basic Conformation: Simon vs “Ideal”

Basic Conformation: Simon vs “Ideal”

I will be the first to tell you that I’m an idiot with conformation.  I can tell you if a horse is shaped like a donkey or a “foundation dinosaur”, but otherwise that’s about it.  So I was super happy to see Breeches & Boat Shoes tackle this topic with information and graphics.  I can Photoshop things, so I wanted to give it a try with Mr. Simon to see if he is ideal or not. P.S. – I’m quoting…

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