Fugly Before Flawless

Fugly Before Flawless

My name is Lauren and I can’t word today. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either, so let’s look at pictures of Simon.

As I may have mentioned, Simon and I will be returning to the hunter ring for (at least) the first show of the year…which is in about three weeks. I doubt this move will shock the equestrian world, since it’s not like we were exactly campaigning for Rio, but right now I am enjoying work on polish and relaxation. Sometimes, we’re pretty successful.

Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F

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Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F

Other times… not so much.

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Photo by Heather F

Here’s the thing about hunters – I get my easy to remember courses and deep corners, but I also have to be straight and consistent and do lead changes.

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Photo by Heather F

Do you know how hard it is to go straight?

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Photo by Heather F

Or keep a consistent pace (especially when your horse occasionally INSISTS on adding)?

Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F

We don’t even need to talk about lead changes.

Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F

The overall story is, things are definitely getting better. Sometimes I have a whole line where I settle in front of the jump, float my reins and enjoy my lovely horse.

Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F

… and then this happens.

Photo by Heather F
Photo by Heather F

Oh well. We’re a work in progress.

26 thoughts on “Fugly Before Flawless

  1. I love that you always post the good, the bad, and the ugly. I wish so much that I was able to have such good photo evidence of my rides! You gotta knock the rust off somehow, and I think you guys will be back in fine form soon enough:)

  2. You both look so solid, even if every step isn’t perfect. And boy, Simon is a HUNK! Lookit all them rippling muscles!

  3. Simon looks a lot like Holly over jumps, not a snapper. It means they can look perfectly graceful as a round but good grief have fun getting good pics, especially over the little stuff. Hunters is hard to sit and make you both look pretty over jumps. I think you guys will do great.

  4. ha going straight isn’t really a thing we do either (nor are lead changes, for that matter!). that outfit is killer tho and Simon looks shiny and bright and happy. should be a good time!!!

  5. If we were perfect- what fun would that be? There would be nothing to work on, no improvements to be made and no reason to try to fix anything. There would also be nothing to laugh at ourselves for. Screw that. Sounds pretty boring if you ask me.

  6. I would like to order a sign for my office door that says, “Sorry, I can’t word today.” XD Priceless. But that’s ok, because that is one sexy horse, you guys look great, I have activity envy (stupid monsoon season, GO AWAY!).

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