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Month: May 2015

My Time in the Open Show Circuit

My Time in the Open Show Circuit

Even though I’ve always loved hunter/jumpers, it wasn’t until the last few years that I showed at “legit” hunter shows. Moving to the world of rotations and 1 million divisions under 3′ was a little confusing at first. It took a lot of hand holding by my trainer to calm my nerves and make hunter/jumper shows seem like the relaxing norm instead of a brave new world. My showing life before hunter/jumper almost entirely consisted of open shows. They are…

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An Inkling

An Inkling

I’ve had a little idea in my head lately that I haven’t been able to shake. Indulge me for a moment. Once upon a time, Jen J came over and played dressage with Simonpants. I was all, “Wow, you make him look fancy!” And she was all, “I know. I’m the coolest.” And I was all, “Wow. I look like a sack of potatoes!” It was fun, but then I was pretty much like, “Bye flatwork! Time to jump all…

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Product Review – Horze Grooming Supplies

Product Review – Horze Grooming Supplies

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been a fan of Horze products for years prior to them asking me to review some items on this blog. In my opinion, this is a great online retailer to search for solid basics… especially during their sales! One of my first orders from Horze included some grooming supplies, so it only makes sense that I would happily review some additional brushes and grooming equipment from them. Though I don’t have any pictures, I…

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Making Oxers My B

Making Oxers My B

Last week before my jaunt to NC and the Memorial Day Texas flood, I was able to ride my horse for two days. It was amazing. One of those days happened to be a jumping lesson, and in a show of great maturity I took a last minute half day from work and headed to the barn for an earlier lesson. We hadn’t jumped in well over a week and more rain was in the forecast, so my trainer wasted…

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Memorial Day Weekend in Boring Pictures

Memorial Day Weekend in Boring Pictures

We had a pretty fast and furious trip to North Carolina this weekend for a friend’s wedding. Our flight left at 5:15am on Friday morning, and I now know what it feels like to be within 60 seconds of having the jetway doors shut in your face. Not a fun feeling. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time not getting enough sleep and being a tad loopy. By loopy, I mean loopy enough to model my not very…

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Mental Hurdles

Mental Hurdles

How do you get over mental hurdles? In case you’re new here, I’m a mental basketcase.  It’s frustrating for me, because sometimes I am totally fine.  I’ll walk into the ring with an attitude that is all about personal wins and triumphs vs ribbons.  I’ll relax enough to give my horse a good ride, and if I mess up I don’t beat myself up for it until I want to crawl in a hole and hide forever. And then… there…

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The Lull

The Lull

I am a bit of a control freak. I mean, that’s what people (aka my husband) tell me. It’s not that I have to tell everyone what to do all the time or what not, but I like to be able to fix things. I love it when a problem has a simple action plan like First A then B and finally accomplish C. Those are my favorite. Right now, I’m experiencing a huge lull in horse showing and training…

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It’s Good to be Pascale

It’s Good to be Pascale

In lieu of another post whining about the rain, I present to you my crazy black dog. Pascale remains the best rescue dog ever. She is endlessly entertaining and perhaps the most loving creature I’ve ever been around. For example, the new dog sitter came over to meet my terrors well behaved critters before we go out of town this weekend. Pascale instantly became best friends with her, and when the sitter left Pascale first looked out the window to…

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Horse Haven

Horse Haven

As I listened to the massive thunderstorm that hovered around my house from 4am – 11am Sunday morning, I thought, “I wonder if my granola bars are done baking?” I wasn’t actually baking real granola bars though. I was baking virtual granola bar in my virtual French stable for my virtual horses. Yes friends, it has come to horse iPad games. The rain has done this to me. I fear I may never be the same. I downloaded Horse Haven on…

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I Got to Touch My Pony!

I Got to Touch My Pony!

The show got rained out for this weekend, just like every other horse show I had planned on going to this spring. In times like this, it’s important for me to remember that before I loved horse showing… I loved horses. So last night I trekked out to the barn to touch my pony. First, we recreated the infamous Artax scene from A Never Ending Story. Luckily, Simon is more of a fighter than Artax was. Then I gave him an…

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OTTB Spotlight – Loki

OTTB Spotlight – Loki

Today’s OTTB Spotlight has one of my favorite blog names since it’s both her horse’s name and good advice for life … Keep it Low Key! She’s moving right now, and anyone who’s made a major move knows how stressful that can be with a horse. Hopefully this spotlight on her awesome OTTB, Loki, will bring a smile to her face. What is his registered name? Too Many Whyz (jockey club) Keep It Low Key (USEA) Barn name: Loki Lineage? You…

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Pet Peeves at the Barn

Pet Peeves at the Barn

It’s raining so much. So. much. I’m doing my best not to complain about the rain, but shit happens. What’s not happening is any time at the barn or riding Simon. I was lucky to sneak in a really nice hack on Sunday, but that’s the last time I’ve touched my beloved beasty. Besides coloring, I’m trying to think of things to blog about. Therefore let this post today stand in the “something to write about” category instead of the “wow…

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