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A Life Without Horse Shows

A Life Without Horse Shows

I’ve been competitive my entire life. I’m not sure if the figure skating started it, or if I was drawn to figure skating because of it but I’ve never known a period of time where I didn’t want to be the absolute best at something. First it was double sow-cows and flying camels. Then it was riding horses with 4H shows and much later, IHSA equitation. When I took a break from riding during my time in MA, I turned…

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Summer Adventures with Captain Nerd Horse

Summer Adventures with Captain Nerd Horse

Long time readers will know that a certain nerdy bay horse has been absent from this blog a lot this summer. Fear not, it’s not due to any hidden injury or drama that I can’t post about. Simon is being Simon, and things are going well. The reason that I haven’t been blogging about him, is that my barn life isn’t really all that exciting right now. I haven’t put a saddle on my horse in three weeks, and although…

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Shoo Flies for Simon

Shoo Flies for Simon

I’m reaching out to you well educated, knowledgeable horse folks today to get help with an issue for dear Simon. Home boy hates flies. Now look, I know that all horses hate flies. This is not unique, but he is taking it to extreme measures. If you’ve been reading for a long time, you may remember that Simon started living year-round in a fly sheet around January 2016. Without his binky fly sheet, he runs around in the pasture to…

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Happy 11th Birthday Simon!

Happy 11th Birthday Simon!

Nerd horse is turning 11 today, and for his big birthday present he’s getting… his hocks checked. Wow… I sure know how to spoil my critters. While there won’t be any kind of grand pony birthday party today, I’m taking a moment this morning to appreciate the old man. As firmly moves from an adolescent nerd horse to a mature, stately tweed-jacket-with-elbow-patches-professor kind of nerd horse, it’s hard for me to believe that this is the same creature I met…

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Things That Make Body Clipping Annoying

Things That Make Body Clipping Annoying

I love body clipping. I really do. My clippers are on the smaller/quiet side, and they have this lovely gentle hum that feels hypnotic as I clip through Simon’s soft and not overly furry coat. I typically clip twice a year, and treat it as a zen night spending time with my best boy. Except not so much this year. This year body clipping was annoying as damnit. I didn’t clip in the fall like I typically do. Simon was…

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My Main Man

My Main Man

I’ve been writing about everything but the barn, so you may think that I’ve continued the passive attitude I’ve had about the barn since fall of 2016. In actuality, I’ve been riding quite a bit and getting my head back in the game. Simon’s lessee started to move to another horse in November of last year, so his work scheduled declined until he basically turned into an unemployed Thoroughbred. He did his part to keep up physical fitness by self-lunging in…

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My Thoroughbred Carousel

My Thoroughbred Carousel

For the past several months, horses have taken a huge backseat in my life. This was due to a variety of factors including traveling, weather, and working hard on my grad school applications. If I’m being honest, it’s also due to me needing a break. Buying Roman, although a huge learning experience, wasn’t what I thought it would be. Horses began to be a stress instead of a relief, so I got my trainer and my great barn friends to…

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An Update on the Ponies

An Update on the Ponies

For a supposed horse blog, I sure haven’t been writing much about the horses lately. Mostly it’s because emotionally I’m not in a spot right now where I’m super into the horses. That sounds worse than it is, but before you picture my two tossed aside in a dusty field… I can assure you that they’re both fine. I ride Roman between two to three days a week, which is certainly less than I’m used to going to the barn but…

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Some Cool Things That Happened Last Week

Some Cool Things That Happened Last Week

The weather has finally taken a turn in Texas. Instead of feeling like you’re walking around in someone’s hot breath all the time, the cool taste of fall is back in the air. I love that feeling. It makes me want to sit on my porch all evening and stretch my arms wide open into the chill and let my body begin again. Some people associate January as a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, but for me that’s…

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Little Lion Man

Little Lion Man

When I first was thinking about show names for Simon, I kept going back to “Little Lion Man”. I didn’t settle on this because the actual song lyrics didn’t mean anything for him/me, and it had nothing to do with his barn name (I like there to be a correlation). Instead, Simon became Something So Right but I always felt like my little bay horse had a lion heart. In my world, I’m struggling a bit with Roman right now. It…

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Four Years of Nerd Horse

Four Years of Nerd Horse

I’ve been lucky enough to have nerd horse as my best buddy for four years now. Facebook reminded me that June 28th, 2012 was the day it became official. Facebook also reminded me why he got the name nerd horse… I mean, is this a nerdy creature or what? Usually for Simon’s milestones I compile transformation pictures for a blog post, but I don’t have it in me this year to do that. Partially it’s because I believe he’s close…

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For Lease

For Lease

I’m still paused, but today I did this… Point and shoot low jumper for lease. Simon is a 16.2hh 10 y/o Thoroughbred eligible for Take 2. Tons of miles in the 2’6″-2’9″ jumper and hunter rings, and schooled at home up to 3’3″. Simon is uncomplicated, amateur friendly and LOVES his job. Puppy dog personality with no spook, buck, bolt or stop. Honest as the day is long. Well schooled on the flat (my 2nd level dressage rider friend says…

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