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Sputtering on Restart

Sputtering on Restart

I’m supposed to be showing at my barn’s local IEHJA show this weekend, but after losing the “Will I Lesson?” game too many times… I’ve taken Simon off the list. Truthfully, I’m super bummed. I was really looking forward to getting back in the ring with our new skills, but he got another abscess that sidelined him for a week. Although he’s sound and happy again and I’ve had some great rides, it’s not fair to my horse (or my…

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Somebody Has Some Big News

Somebody Has Some Big News

I know I’ve already shared a lot of big news, but this is probably even more important than all that. More important than me moving to California. More important than graduate school. Guys. GUYS! GUYSOMGGGGGUYSSSS!!! Simon — My beloved, nerd horse… IS DOING LEAD CHANGES! Now, he’s always done some lead changes. My trainer would get the occasional clean change when she asked, but it was never consistent. On course, Simon would do a clean change when he really needed to…

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Why I’m Not Allowed to Use Draw Reins

Why I’m Not Allowed to Use Draw Reins

I’m not one of those crazy natural horsemanship bloggers that will stalk people’s blogs and write scathing comments the minute they pick up a martingale. YOU’RE CREATING A FALSE FRAME! YOU’RE RUINING YOUR HORSE! YOU’RE NOT RIDING LEG TO HAND AND YOU SUCK AND YOU’RE PROBABLY GOING TO DIE ALONE WITHOUT ANY PONIES THAT CAN GO PROPERLY ON THE CONTACT! I don’t like those people, and neither do others. Those people don’t typically get invited to parties, and I like…

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Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

I’ve been fairly mum on Roman for a variety of reasons. When I feel less than stellar mentally, the act of sitting down to write about ponies seems insignificant in the grand scheme of things and I don’t bother. Additionally, even though my trainer doesn’t believe me I’m planning on Roman being a longer term resale project. That doesn’t mean he won’t make blog appearances, but it does mean that I won’t be publishing every single little detail on the…

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Rock Solid Citizen

Rock Solid Citizen

Once upon a time I had a green horse.  Rides were somewhat unpredictable, and some lessons I could do my best and things would still kinda suck overall because he was green. Then I took weekly (or twice weekly) lessons for two years.  I added a weekly training ride.  We went to shows with the only goal being “get around”.  We did more stuff at home on our non-lesson days.  Slowly it started coming together. Simon has always been a…

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Totally Non-Competitive Summer Goals

Totally Non-Competitive Summer Goals

I said a few weeks ago that I was taking a break from showing for sure in June, and most likely July… and I may just get crazy and add August to that list.  This probably sounds crazy from the “Goals!  Show!  Derby!” personality I had earlier this year… but I’m seriously happy right now enjoying my horse in a leisurely way. My lesson on Sunday was super fun.  Sure, we got changes late, but I didn’t beat myself up…

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Back to Kindergarten

Back to Kindergarten

Remember that time when I was like it’s flat work boot camp time! And I was all gung-ho and all COUNTER CANTER ALL THE THINGS! And Simon’s brain exploded? Oh wait, I didn’t tell you about the brain explosion part. So, flat work boot camp started out fantastic.  We did bending!  We did circles!  We did rollbacks!  We did counter canter!  We did canter extensions!  We did transitions… well, we didn’t do transitions.  Instead, we did a series of really shitty…

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The Winter Struggle Bus

The Winter Struggle Bus

Simon and I have a well established routine this time of year, and by well established… I mean this is what we did last year: work hard all year to horse show, go horse show, end on a high note, pretty much ignore Simon until after new years… and then start all over when he’s sound again. See, I have plenty of drive and motivation when the shows are looming… but after our year end show ribbons and debut at…

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Stick With the Program

Stick With the Program

It’s taken me a few years to realize the importance of being in a “program” with your horse and what that means as far as my success in the show ring.  I think it’s a hard topic to write about, because the “program” is different for everyone. Just because you board at a fancy barn with good lessons, doesn’t mean you’re in a program. Just because you keep your own horses in your back yard, doesn’t mean you aren’t in a…

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Back At It

Back At It

After kind of a crappy week all around, my luck started changing on Thursday and I had an excellent weekend both hanging out with my mom and spending some time with Simon pants. On Thursday, I ran out to the barn at lunch to check my gimpy creature. He looked nearly 100%, so we decided to turn out. Saturday when I had more time I inspected the area on his heel that had been hot and puffy. It was noticeably…

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Bernie Traurig Clinic

Bernie Traurig Clinic

This past weekend, two riders from my barn rode in the Bernie Traurig Clinic.  I tagged along with my trainer and fellow barn-mates to audit, and had a great Saturday watching the 2’6″-2’9″ group, the 3′-3’3″ group, and the 3’6″+ group. Bernie is a great clinician, and the creator of Equestriancoach.com. The 2’6″-2’9″ group spent a lot of time on some flat exercises that a few riders were having trouble with, so for the purposes of this write-up I’m going…

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Working Through the Fugly

Working Through the Fugly

I had a bit of an epiphany last night, but it seems silly now that I sit here and write it down. In the interest of sharing and learning and all things bloggy – I’ll write it down anyway. So we’re working on our flat work. Last time I reported, my trainer basically told me that I had to make my horse work. Stop dropping his shoulders in the corners. Be “mean” if he doesn’t listen when I ask him…

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