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Month: March 2016

Unpacking and Unknowing

Unpacking and Unknowing

It took me over six weeks to unpack the boxes in my new house. I know what you’re going to say next. “I moved six years ago and I’m still not fully settled in!” When I say unpack, I literally mean take necessary life items out of boxes. I’m no where near being fully settled in. My office floor is covered in piles of paper, files, art projects and picture frames like fire ant nests spread out over a field. The…

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Achievement Unlocked

Achievement Unlocked

I’m not usually one to brag, but today I’m going to a little. Things are going remarkably well with my creature. We’ve hit that sweet spot in our relationship – the time period where you’ve had years of learning each other’s quirks all the while your horse has been aging and learning to become a solid citizen. I had this wave of realization when I took Simon to the San Antonio show in February that we have figured out how to…

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The Gift of a Secret

The Gift of a Secret

Tim talks to me in ways that I did not anticipate. I’m not talking about dreams. Those are rare these days, but even when I see him it never surprises me. That was something he seemed to establish in the beginning of all this. Although no words have been exchanged lately when I do see him in my dreams, I wake up thankful and comforted like when you hear news that an old friend you’ve lost touch with is doing…

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Got 99 Problems But a Bridle Aint One

Got 99 Problems But a Bridle Aint One

I know, I know… eventers already made these lyrics cool with ‘ditch’ instead of bitch, but I don’t do ditches and I don’t do eventing so I work with what I have. Or in this case, what I don’t have. For years I’ve had this little goal of jumping Simon around a course without a bridle. I’ve taken off his bridle before and walk/trot/cantered with relatively little fanfare, but that was about two years and I haven’t tried since. Last…

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A Pony Birthday Party

A Pony Birthday Party

When Simon turned 7 and when he turned 8 I brought some party items to the barn for a photo opportunity. It was always something minor – little cupcakes or a cookie cake, and I never announced before hand. I just brought some sweets to share with anyone who happened to be at the barn, and asked someone to take a picture with me and my favorite nerd horse. Recently I’ve learned that anything can be a cause for celebration. What’s…

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Happy 10th Birthday Simon!

Happy 10th Birthday Simon!

Time passes, people get older and the same applies to horses. I hate the cliche “it seems like yesterday” so I won’t quite go there, but it’s hard for me to believe my scraggly young nerd horse has now hit double digits. He’s a solid old man now, but in the best physical shape he’s ever been in. I think longtime readers of this blog know how much this horse has been a friend to me (especially in the last…

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Equestrian Art for the Home

Equestrian Art for the Home

Ever since I first knew that I’d be buying my house, I’ve been on the lookout for equestrian art. I think this is due to several reasons: Buying art is way more fun than buying furniture Now that I live alone I can put as many ponies in my house as I want I really like ponies I really like art The largest piece and highlight of my room is hopefully going to be this black and white image that…

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The Trust Bank

The Trust Bank

A few weeks ago, I was chatting on the phone with one of my best friends while stuck in traffic. I was filling her in on a mutual friend who’s been going through some rough times lately. After a shaky past, our friend’s spouse had finally cleaned up his act… only she was having a hard time forgiving him. “I feel bad for him,” I said. “He’s working so hard to get in a good place, and I don’t think…

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Weekend by the Numbers

Weekend by the Numbers

Stephanie at Hand Gallop has these great little “weekend by the numbers” posts that I always enjoy reading. She somehow makes all the numbers even out, because she’s a rock star. They’re cute & well planned out posts. I, on the other hand, am all “I did things this weekend and there were numbers!” Expect no cuteness here. My Dad was visiting Austin-town this weekend and helped me on a ton of house stuff. He builds fancy custom homes and I assure…

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I Get Knocked Down

I Get Knocked Down

Something light hearted today! At the show a few weeks ago, one of our green horses had a green horse moment at his first show and a good rider came off. That’s not really that unusual of a story, but the epic save she almost had is what makes it blog worthy. I got permission from this rider (who you can tell from the photos is an excellent sport) to share the photo series with you all. My favorite part…

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