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Assimilating Duality

Assimilating Duality

The only official goal I made for myself this year was to learn to walk in heels like a bad ass. Now I know we’re only halfway through February, but I’m doing exceptionally well with this. I’ve conquered the 2″ work heel, and have future plans to move on to the “Why yes, I will have another glass of Prosecco” heel in the near future. I know, I know… I’m a hero to my generation. That was the only official goal, but…

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Luxury Saddle Shopping

Luxury Saddle Shopping

When I first decided to treat myself to a new saddle, I was pretty excited. What a blessing it is to be in a place where I can afford to buy what I want and peruse a selection of high end saddles. How lucky was I? Apparently, not as lucky as I thought. Call me crazy, but I feel like if I’m prepared to spend thousands of dollars on an item for my hobby, the shopping experience should be nothing short of…

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Fancy Saddle Shopping – CWD

Fancy Saddle Shopping – CWD

As I mentioned last week, I’m in the market for a new saddle. One of my friends told me that she was going to live vicariously through my saddle shopping, which made me figure that it would be a decent process to blog about. Plus, I can’t write depressing broody content everyday… right? The first company I had come out to fit me and Simon was CWD. People seem to either love or hate the company, but I’m a big…

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An Italian Problem

An Italian Problem

Guys, I don’t like my saddle. Though it fits Simon relatively well, I’ve never taken to my Prestige Roma Jump saddle. On the aesthetic side, I am not a huge fan of the leather. Even after having it for a year and a half, the leather still is just okay at best. Granted, I’m not the world’s best cleaner/oiler but this thing remains slick and stiff. It doesn’t like to soak conditioner in despite my best efforts and it scratches super…

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Why Horses?

Why Horses?

Last week, SprinklerBandit explained how she transitioned to an animal loving kid to a horse loving kid. When I read her post, I thought it would make a decent blog of my own until I realized something specific. I’ve never known a time in my life when I wasn’t in love with horses. This is not because I’m from an agricultural family, far from it. My dad is more likely to invest in a farm and turn it into a housing development…

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The Voice – Part 1

The Voice – Part 1

In her book, Yes Please, Amy Poehler writes about “the voice.” The voice is that nagging thing in your head who likes to look at your body and say, “No way you are good enough.” No one is totally immune to the voice. My skinny friends complain about their arms or supposed muffin tops. It’s not just women either – everyone hears the voice from time to time. You should change this. You should fix that. No way you are good…

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2015 Goals – Scratch & Redo

2015 Goals – Scratch & Redo

This summer I saw a lot of other bloggers check in with their yearly goals. When I read those posts I pretty much thought, “Must be nice for SOMEONE to achieve goals this year!” Yeah, yeah yeah… I can be snippy in my mind. At first I was going to ignore my goals entirely and scratch the year off as an epic failure. As shitty years goes, it would be hard to top 2015 for me (although I’m sure you…

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Equitation Evolution

Equitation Evolution

Alilson at Pony’Tude had a great post the other day when she posted a series of equitation photos showing her progress as a rider. Even in the early “bad” shots, I was pretty impressed. See, riding did not come naturally to me. I figured that because I read every horse book known to mankind by age nine, I would just be a natural. I thought I would speak horse! I thought I was destined to win blue ribbons at my very first…

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Attitude is a Choice

Attitude is a Choice

Several people commented on my Friday & Saturday show report commending me for my good attitude. Believe me, that attitude is not my natural inclination. I’m a fiercely competitive person. I want to win. I don’t like to step foot in the ring unless I think there is a chance that I will get something in the class. While I don’t feel like I put my competitive desires ahead of my horse’s welfare, the truth of the matter is that I…

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Judge My Ride

Judge My Ride

Inspired by Hello My Olivia, I decided to post a picture of Simon and I from our last show on Judge My Ride. I won’t lie, I was pretty impressed with my lower leg in some of the pictures from this show… so I was curious what kind of feedback I might get. Below is the picture and comment I posted (typo and all). Pictured is my 9y/o 16.2hh OTTB and I in an Intro Jumper class at our local…

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Window Shopping

Window Shopping

One of the coping mechanisms I have not been doing is any retail therapy. For two reasons: I already met my retail therapy limit for 2015 I’m going to Europe in a month and am in an aggressive ‘no spending’ zone Neither of these bullet points stops me from wanting pretty things though! Instead of blowing my entire vacation budget on tack and clothing, I decided to do some window shopping. For me, it’s mostly about breeches. I’m down to two…

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Death to the Plan

Death to the Plan

All my life, I’ve been a good long term planner. My college degree was a back up plan for a not-likely-to-pay-for-ponies passion, and my eventual career was a back up plan to the back up plan. I like to plan my vacations out with lots of research months in advance. I like to plan big spending items and I like to plan housing projects by quarter. As we all know, horses are a little bit less hard to plan… but…

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