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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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Things That Happened

Things That Happened

It’s been a weird week over in Tex-ass. We’re getting slammed with rain again. Normally I’m not really anti-rain, but I have a pretty vested interest in riding right now and with no indoor the week forecast doesn’t look hopeful. Plus, when I woke up this morning my house seems to have succumbed to strange plumbing issues again. My shower went from 100% fine to gurgling and not draining within a 24 hour period. I won’t go into details since…

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The Holy Trinity of Weekend

The Holy Trinity of Weekend

I spent 90% of my time this weekend doing one of three things – drinking, sleeping or hanging out at the barn. As I’m sure you picked up from my pitiful post on Friday, my mood going into the weekend was poor. I had committed the cardinal sin of horses, “Thou Shall Not Get Thy Hopes Up” and was feeling down in general. The best fix for that is good friends and time with the nerd horse, and after a…

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Rock and a Hard Place

Rock and a Hard Place

If I was looking at my situation (aka desire to do the hunters) from an entirely objective stand point, it would be time to sell my horse. Your mind may have just screeched to a halt reading that sentence, but you can relax. This is the horse that has helped me accomplish so many of my dreams. He’s the horse I can hop on and jump bridleless if I’ve had a tough day at work and need a fun release. I…

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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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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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Turn and Face the Strange (Change)

Turn and Face the Strange (Change)

I have a lot of fires going right now, and had several minor panic attacks about them all yesterday. So naturally, the best decision this morning is to sit here at work and write a quick post about lead changes. Because we all know how much I adore lead changes. Now Simon has some physical characteristics that I knew have historically made changes hard for him. We’ve got the bum right hock, wonky stifles and a weak hind end. He’s…

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Simon Versus the Bot Bees

Simon Versus the Bot Bees

The last time I went to Dover saddlery, I stocked up on some winter essentials. Horse treats, clipper blades and the obvious choices for January – fly spray and a fly sheet. It’s not that Texas is having any unusual bug outbreaks. No, things are pretty normal here weather and insect wise. Mostly, my horse is a freak. I’ve heard rumblings from fellow boarders that Simon has been running around the pasture a lot more than usual. “He should be…

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Fancy Saddle Shopping – County

Fancy Saddle Shopping – County

Last Friday evening I had a rep from County Saddlery come out to fit myself and Simon for a new saddle. The previous company I had out was CWD, and I don’t think you can get two saddles that are more polar opposites than County & CWD. My high level overview of comparing the two sales pitches would be: CWD – It’s technology! It’s French! It’s super kewl! Did I mention it’s French? County – This is a saddle. It is made…

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Simon Updates in Haikus

Simon Updates in Haikus

Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management had the fabulous idea of writing horse haikus. I’m a big fan of this plan, because I am lazy and am good at 5/7/5. Last year I even wrote my show reviews in haiku form, so am going jump on the bandwagon she started by updating you on Simon’s life in haiku form. After his layoff, Suspensory is spiffy. Okay, back to work. El Nino say wha? Oh, that just means lots of…

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