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Change of Perspective

Change of Perspective

I’ve been experiencing a bit of a shift in my perspective as of late. It started intentionally and coming from myself. When I headed into my lesson on Tuesday afternoon to prep for the show, I decided I would not once say “That looks big” or ask for anything to be taken down. I need to jump bigger, but more importantly I need to believe that I can do this. One of my life coping mechanisms is sarcastic humor. That’s all…

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Oh Baby, Oh Baby

Oh Baby, Oh Baby

I’ve had babies on the brain lately, but not like you may be thinking. No, I don’t want a baby horse. I’m thinking about human babies, but I don’t really want one of those either. In my personal life, my world has been a bit baby saturated as many women in their 30’s experience. Of course my Facebook feed is covered in baby photos vs college photos now, but closer to home my best friend had a daughter last fall…

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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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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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Giving Yourself Credit

Giving Yourself Credit

I’m dealing with a lot of mental shenanigans with my riding lately.  The good news is, I feel like I’m winning the war.  The bad news… well, there are lots of battles in a war! Due to a scheduling snafu (if you call someone changing show dates after they publish the ‘official’ list on their FB page a snafu… grrr), I’m showing much earlier than I planned to in May. I’m also going to have to show straight in the 2’6″…

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Calling All Tack Hos

Calling All Tack Hos

These are going to be the least satisfying pictures of something I’ve ever put up on my blog.  You’ve been warned! Magic unicorn bridle arrived yesterday, and I set it on Simon last night after our lesson.  The verdict?  I think the fit is pretty ideal! An earless bonnet is thrown in for your viewing pleasure, because I’m still trying to get the perfect fit of that too. Anyway, I didn’t bit up the bridle since it was after our…

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I’m So Excited

I’m So Excited

And I just can’t hide it. Today, let’s talk about the Euro.  You all read the post where I went a little tack ho crazy and bought a smancy bridle from France since the Euro was low.  I have it in my hands as of today, and will give this glorious piece of leather its own post in the future (pray it fits the pony… it looks large). So while I’m all like YAY CHEAP LESS EXPENSIVE BRIDLE, my best friend…

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DIY Post Fail

DIY Post Fail

I’ll be the first to admit it – this is one of those rare times where I’m not feeling very prolific. We’ve had a lot of rain, and even a little of this… So there’s not been a ton going on in the horse front.  I wasn’t able to ride at all on Saturday, and Sunday lessons were cancelled due to the crazy thunderstorm of death the night before.  We did make it out to the barn for a little…

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I Retail Therapied

I Retail Therapied

First off, thank you to everyone who commented on my post yesterday.  I took each and every confidence building suggestion seriously and feel a lot better knowing I’m not alone with these feelings!  Going to try and kick ass at my lesson tonight.  Will report back 😉 Now those who know me well know that I typically try not to buy things for my horse unless he needs them.  It’s pretty rare for me to throw about large amounts of…

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Confusing Perception

Confusing Perception

I’m having some troubles right now, and I don’t want to talk about it.  My horse is fine though… love him. Let’s tackle something easy – like perspective.  For example, I think the 3’6″ hunter ring looks terrifying.  I am pretty damn verbal that I have zero interest in showing hunters that high.  3′ Adult Amateurs?  Totally.  3’3″ Amateur Owners?  Maybe.  3’6″ Amateur Owners?  Oh to the hells no. So, so so big. Then we stroll on over to the jumper…

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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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