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Equestrian Confessions – Body Clipping

Equestrian Confessions – Body Clipping

I know it’s the time of the year to complain about body clipping and horse hair everywhere and how much of a colossal pain in the ass it is, but I have a confession. I like body clipping. Now that confession comes with some clarifications. I like body clipping my horse. I like body clipping my horse when he’s not over the experience and refuses to stand still for legs & face.  But even with those two caveats, this is not a…

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Can’t Kill the Bug

Can’t Kill the Bug

I have a little bug that I can’t kill. It’s not entirely unlike a virus. It doesn’t respond to antibiotics (or in my case, reason) and it has lived int he ecosystem of my brain for quite some time – dormant and waiting. I still want to do the hunters. I know, I know. My horse loves the jumpers, you say. We’ve done well in the jumpers, you add. Much progress has been made! All of this is true, but…

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What It’s Like to Hack Simon

What It’s Like to Hack Simon

More than one equestrian blogger has hopped on Sir Simon pants, but most of y’all can just imagine his epicness. If you’ve ever been curious about the entire nerd horse experience, wonder no more! You hop on, and enter the ring with loose reins. Might I suggest a casual power walk? It is a lovely night for a power walk. You walk a lap around the ring with loose reins, letting Simon stretch out a bit. Happy happy happy happy…

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Horses vs Dogs

Horses vs Dogs

When I had coffee with a coworker last week, I joked that my horse was the most stable relationship in my life right now. “Yeah,” he said, ignoring my crazy. “I didn’t realize that horses’s had personality. They’re just like big dogs!” “Well…” I started. “They do have personality, but I don’t think of them like dogs. A dog is always going to love you, but a horse is more like being married.” He blinked at me. See? You can’t…

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Muscle Monday

Muscle Monday

I had a list of things I meant to do this weekend. On that list was write several blog posts I’ve been thinking over in my head. What I actually did this weekend was ride my horse, nap, read a book and drink with friends. I regret nothing. To tide you over until I can go home and do all the things tonight, here is a conformation progression of Sir Simon Pants. The change is pretty drastic at first, but…

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The Immeasurable Value of Horses

The Immeasurable Value of Horses

Category wise, horses are a unique pet to have. Most of us don’t have a member of the family that is technically considered livestock. Though I jokingly call my dogs my “herd”, they are fairly universally accepted as pets in the United States. While some people do have working dogs, they become less and less common. For dogs and cats, everyone accepts their value as emotional instead of economical. Horses are less black and white though. For many of us,…

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Weenie Horse & Rider Take On Cross Country

Weenie Horse & Rider Take On Cross Country

After scraping myself together for a Saturday morning lesson, I decided it would be a good idea to scrape myself for a cross country schooling day on Sunday after more wine. So bright and early, we loaded Simon up and headed out for adventure. Since we had only been jumping a grand total of two rides before schooling, I told myself that we were just going for an adventure. Normally I’d be trying to obsess over getting ALL the pictures…

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Stride by Stride

Stride by Stride

I hear “one day at a time”, “one minute at a time” and “keep putting one foot in front of the other” very often. It’s one of those obnoxiously cliche things to say that is both annoying to hear but also extremely accurate. With something like this, sometimes it really is the only way to go forward. For me, the saying has morphed into something more like “stride by stride.” All my life I’ve been very conscious that I’m the…

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Itchin’

Itchin’

I am itchin’ to ride my horse again. Tomorrow will be about a month since Simon’s leg blew up, and three weeks after the vet diagnosed him with a suspensory strain. Tomorrow I will hop back on for a mostly walking ride, and slowly leg him back up. He’s been rather enthusiastic in his limited turnout, with more playing & leaping than I’ve ever seen him do. Still, we took this issue very conservatively and his leg has stayed cold…

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Yo Horse’s Leg So Phat

Yo Horse’s Leg So Phat

Yo horse’s leg so phat you get a three week vacation. Oh snap! So – Simon saw the vet yesterday. This was a new vet to me, but I really liked him. He was patient, thorough and seemed respectful of my finances which is always appreciated. Anyway, you don’t exactly care about my impressions of the new vet so let’s move on to what’s wrong with Sir Simon Pants. The short answer is a strain to the suspensory. When I arrived at…

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Phat

Phat

Long time readers of this blog might have been thinking lately, “Wow – Simon sure has been super sound lately. It’s been a while since she’s had issues.” Been a while until now, that is. After the horse show, I gave Simon Monday off. He got new shoes, and my trainer/farrier didn’t report any weird swelling or issues. Tuesday I went out in the evening to give him a light hack. Immediately on pulling him from turnout, I noticed his…

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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

My “hump” day this week went a lot like Humpty Dumpty. I spent a lot of time trying to “put it back together again.” Not because I was sad or mourning or whatever, but it was just a really annoying, crappy day. Because the universe is awesome, this week at work has just been completely bananas. I’m not sure if my sad widow card is playing out at my job or if it’s just circumstance, but all the things are happening…

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