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How to Have a Horse in Grad School in 10 Easy Steps

How to Have a Horse in Grad School in 10 Easy Steps

Are you foolish enough to move your horse across the country to join you during grad school, a time that’s full of anxiety and oftentimes responsible for bringing out the worst of your personality? Then this post is for you! 1. Pick a state where it’s impossible to find a boarding situation similar to what he’s been used to for 11.5 years.  Over ten hours of turnout? A predominant diet of grain? How about a life full of equine friends…

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Nerd Horse’s CA Digs

Nerd Horse’s CA Digs

In other words, a barn tour. Simon has been a California resident for almost a month now. I’ve spent months worrying about how he would do here with the drastic life change, and he’s surpassed my expectations like he usually does! After searching several barns, I ended up at a workmanlike hunter/jumper facility that mostly shows on the local level. Though not fancy and over the top, it runs like a well oiled machine. There is a head trainer (more…

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Initial SoCal Barn Search

Initial SoCal Barn Search

The thing I am most proud of last week is that I didn’t cry in a golf cart while being shown a beautiful farm in San Jacinto. I waited until I got into my car, and then had my meltdown on the interstate driving home like a proper adult. I knew finding a farm near me in Southern California would be a challenge. Simon and I are both used to the wide open spaces of Texas. At his current barn,…

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Pet Peeves at the Barn

Pet Peeves at the Barn

It’s raining so much. So. much. I’m doing my best not to complain about the rain, but shit happens. What’s not happening is any time at the barn or riding Simon. I was lucky to sneak in a really nice hack on Sunday, but that’s the last time I’ve touched my beloved beasty. Besides coloring, I’m trying to think of things to blog about. Therefore let this post today stand in the “something to write about” category instead of the “wow…

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Green (Hunter) With Envy

Green (Hunter) With Envy

I’m not usually a jealous person in my real life.  I like nice things and big houses, but I don’t usually covet them.  For example, I’m swooning over the Ralph Lauren leather purses with the Baucher bit detail (very much out of my budget right now), but when I see someone carrying around a Ralph Lauren equestrian purse it’s not like I want to jump them.  I don’t that oh so beautiful leather bag against them. With horses though, I…

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Simon’s 1st Day at the New Barn As Told Through Animated Gifs

Simon’s 1st Day at the New Barn As Told Through Animated Gifs

Before I talk about how silly my horse is, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the winner of the Happy Hound personalized equestrian stationary!  Congratulations to Grey Horse Matters for winning the stationary giveaway! As for Simon’s 1st day at the barn – his official word is that this is the weirdest horse show he has ever been to. When I was driving down the long farm driveway with speed bumps (aka I was driving slowly) I looked across…

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Moving Day

Moving Day

We’ve moved. This worry wort pony mother survived and in case you’re wondering, so did Simon. I don’t exactly know why, but this barn move has been stressing me out. It shouldn’t, because new trainer is great and Jen is great and Simon is pretty great too. Think I just need to lock Nancy Negative in a closet because I really need to stop worrying so much. So Jen arrived with her beautiful truck and trailer, and my horse decided…

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Things To Consider When Deciding To Move Barns

Things To Consider When Deciding To Move Barns

Time flies when you’re having fun… or when you’re working and rehabbing your horse and supporting your husband through his last full semester of graduate school.  Time flies in those scenarios as well, maybe doubly so. A while ago I announced that I would be moving Simon to a new barn and today is the day. Jen from Wyvern Oaks has graciously offered to trailer him to the new barn for me this afternoon (thank you thank you thank you…

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Ch-Ch-Changes

Ch-Ch-Changes

I’ve been a bit vague and brooding about some things lately, but that’s because I try to keep a few rules firmly in place with my blog: don’t write something I wouldn’t say out loud to anyone, and don’t let my blog be the first place someone finds info about me or my horse that they should have known earlier. That being said, everything is official and the right people know… so I can finally say that I’m moving Simon…

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My Pretend Texas Farm

My Pretend Texas Farm

It’s a rough week.  I’ve got a steady headache and sore throat, but my body will neither move into full fledged sickness nor heal itself and get on with life.  Also, the drama llama visited work.  I hate the drama llama. Instead of whining (which I can assure you I’m doing enough of outside the blog right now), I will show you what I’d do if I had $500k just hanging out and I could quit my job today. I want…

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How to Piss Off Your Boarders

How to Piss Off Your Boarders

I’ve been a boarder for about 10 years, give or take some time off.  Most of the places I have been are really great, and I’m lucky to never have had a REALLY bad experience. Even now, even though I am really annoyed by somethings – I should state that my horse has not been in any physical danger or inhumane situations at all during his stay at my current boarding place.  However, I don’t think for what I’m paying…

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Back into the world of boarding

Back into the world of boarding

I rode the spoon in the dark and scary round pit of death tonight. Yes, I’m being slightly dramatic but I’ve decided to dub it the D&SRPoD for the following reasons: At night, it’s really dark (see yesterday’s video, but the video camera picks up much less light than your eyes do so…)  One of the reasons I chose my current barn is because they have lights for night riding, and the round pen is well lit except for one…

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