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Month: January 2014

Something Cool Happened

Something Cool Happened

Back last November, I entered the Equestrian Social Media Awards on a bit of a whim.  I caught it early enough that there was no fee to enter, and I figured with almost a full year of blogging 5-6 days a week under my belt there wasn’t much to lose? After the initial nominations, I asked all you lovely readers to nominate us in three different categories. Then they closed the nominations, and I had to wait until January 20th…

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Cartwheels and Such

Cartwheels and Such

Whenever I tell my husband that we worked on gymnastics during a lesson, he comes back with “Wow, so Simon was doing some cartwheels and some hand stands?” He’s a funny, funny guy. So that’s where the title of this post comes from, because on my Sunday lesson… we did gymnastics!  And there were photographers there, so I’m blogging about it 🙂 Traditionally, we have a hard time with gymnastics.  You can read the back story about the first time…

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In Which I Steal a Haffie

In Which I Steal a Haffie

Fact: Jen lives about five miles from my house. Also Fact: I love Haflingers. Logical Conclusion: I must steal Paddington. If a Haffie is haff a horse, they need haff a pasture right? Aka my urban back yard. And they cost haff as much right?! You can see where this is going… Okay I didn’t steal him but I did get to ride him and basically we’re in love. Best friends forever. I will now refer to him as best…

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Saddle Woes & Waits

Saddle Woes & Waits

One of my “30 before I’m 30” items is getting a new saddle, but it wasn’t just because I like pretty new tack.  The fit on Simon’s saddle has gone from not ideal to pretty much abysmal. With his bulking up over the summer, the tree width is officially too narrow for his shoulders.  That’s causing the back to rock and move even more than previously.  We went from occasional rocking, to having his hair under the back panels being…

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Equine Photography Tips IV – Timing Over Fences

Equine Photography Tips IV – Timing Over Fences

It’s been a while since we’ve revisited the equine photography tips series, but a Facebook fan and friend mentioned that I kind of dropped it off… whoops!  She asked specifically about timing over jumps (amongst others I will cover soon!), so we’ll cover that today.  If you want to play catch up, you can read the timing under saddle post or browse my entire equine photography archive. Timing over fences photos is both the easiest and the stupidest hardest thing…

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SWOTs Starting 2014

SWOTs Starting 2014

New year, time for a new SWOT analysis.  Honestly, I don’t think I’m very good at these.  I tend to bucket things into “good” and “bad”, but I guess that’s part of the point of this exercise.  As with most of the goal driven things on this blog, I originally nabbed this idea from Viva Carlos. Strengths Simon has a year+ of showing under his belt Consistent saddle time has me and Simon in a good place My trainer is…

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The $100,000 Question

The $100,000 Question

Thought this was too fun not to participate… especially since I’m eating pb&j all Q1 to pay off my credit card and hopefully soon new saddle.  From An Eventful Life! Imagine someone gave you $100,000 free and clear. Assume taxes are already taken care of and you can spend the whole amount. The catch: you have to spend the whole amount on horse-related things. What do you buy? Much to my husband’s dismay, the game is to do horsey expenses…

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Needlepoint Belts

Needlepoint Belts

I have a lot of dorky hobbies, and one of them is needlepointing.  I love to stitch equestrian stuff, and although I’m good at finishing the stitching part I lack follow through on turning them into actual things.  Example?  I have five beautiful equestrian ornaments I finished last spring… and they’re all still in the canvas waiting to be turned into actual ornaments. I’m hoping to break my “not finishing” streak this year, because I got a belt canvas for…

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