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Month: March 2015

The Case for the OTTB

The Case for the OTTB

I admire blogger’s who puts controversial topics out there, because it’s something I do myself a lot.  I also respect the following blog, but I really disagree with the case against the OTTB from Sprinkler Bandit last week. Now before I write my rebuttal, I want to place a few caveats to the following. A) I have potentially the world’s safest OTTB.  I admit this.  I am no star rider, and Simon makes up for my flaws in so many ways….

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Family Time in North Kakalacky

Family Time in North Kakalacky

I’m back in Texas after four days spending time with family in my home state of North Carolina.  I could have been grumpy driving into work this morning, but it’s hard to be sad when the shoulders of the highway are covered in blue bonnets and it’s low 70’s when I walked out my front door. Love. Spring. There’s not much exciting to report about my weekend, but I wanted to post something today before I attack y’all with more Pin Oak…

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Between the Classes

Between the Classes

Late blog post today because I guess with a dead cell phone and no dogs to wake me up… I needed to catch up on sleep.  A lot of sleep.  Over 12 hours of sleep – whoops!    So anyway, last weekend at Pin Oak more than one person commented to me about how the junior riders looked like they weren’t having any fun.  Pairing that with a conversation with a friend who told me about a horrible show of…

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What It’s Like When Simon is Wild

What It’s Like When Simon is Wild

Last Sunday for my lesson, my horse was “wild.”  Believe me, I am just as shocked as you. Now don’t get me wrong… Simon is still my wonder horse.  In fact, his wildness makes me laugh more than makes me annoyed.  I’ll try to give you a play by play of the lesson as best I can, since there’s no media proof that any of these events happened.  You’ll just have to trust me. He warmed up like a Grand…

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Beautiful Braids

Beautiful Braids

Still editing photos from over the weekend, but I’m going to have to step on it because I’m heading out of town for a long weekend to go home to North Carolina.  Simonista is getting some training rides and a lesson taken by a friend while I spend some quality time with family.  The blog won’t go silent though, as I will have some Pin Oak goodness and other posts ready for y’all. Say what you want about hunter braids,…

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So You Want to Blog? – Part II: Layout

So You Want to Blog? – Part II: Layout

In this blogging series, I’m sharing my knowledge as best I can about the world of equestrian blogging.  Last week, we talked about the reasons to blog and picking a blogging platform.  This week we’re going to tackle my favorite part of blog design – layout! This is an area where I have a little bit more professional knowledge than some others.  My professional career started out with web design, and I do a lot of UI layout these days….

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Pin Oak Preview

Pin Oak Preview

It had been a really long time since I had taken images I was happy with at a nice horse show.  With the heritage Pin Oak Charity Horse Show a mere two hour drive away, I decided to trek out this weekend in search of some AA pony time. And I found ponies, literally. Also junior hunters, adult jumpers, and some AO/junior jumpers.  All the pretty horses essentially. Being me, I tried to take a series of photographs to turn into…

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A Post for Me About My Lesson

A Post for Me About My Lesson

This is not an exciting or insightful or funny or filled with pictures kind of post.  I hope to have more of those next week!  Instead, this is a post about my lesson for me. Majority of my lessons are small group jumping lessons, which makes sense since Simon and I are jumpers.  However, I’ve recently become pretty addicted to flat work.  My horse gets more and more schooled and I keep finding these new gears and buttons.  A good…

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Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

This is going to be one of those topics where the comments are more interesting than the post, at least that’s my prediction. Carly from Poor Woman Showing wrote a post this week that made me do a fist pump.  If you haven’t read it, you should.  Basically it’s a “don’t tell me how to live my life yo” post, which I can certainly appreciate as a person who has been told how to live her life through blog feedback….

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Guest Bedroom to Office is Complete!

Guest Bedroom to Office is Complete!

Another round of rain is here this week, because Texas no longer has my back when it comes to the weather.  Honestly I’m not too bent out of shape about it.  Our next show is most likely mid to end of April, and despite one wild and crazy lesson (which I may have to blog about) Simon has been super.  So I’ll ride when I ride.  Until then, you get to read about my spare bedroom. Oh yeah, I know…

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Let’s Talk Tall Boots

Let’s Talk Tall Boots

True story – I get minorly depressed whenever I think too long about tall boots.  Why?  Mainly because there are only 1-3 boots that will fit my calf at this moment.  One brand I won’t touch with a ten foot pole, and the other few options just aren’t up to the quality level that I want. Half chaps?  I can buy Ariat half chaps all day long and they fit great.  Tall boots?  Forget it. I lust after brown tall…

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So You Want to Blog? – Part I: Getting Started

So You Want to Blog? – Part I: Getting Started

I often get asked how someone goes about starting a blog of their own.  While I am always happy to answer questions via e-mail and Facebook, I figured this would make a decent blog series. Though I’m not blog ruler of the universe, I have been blogging since 2001 although thankfully this teenage high school blog is long gone from the internet.  I also manage our corporate blog and do a lot of online marketing stuff at work, so the people…

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