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Month: February 2015

Zig Zag Pollywag Simon Wants to Jump

Zig Zag Pollywag Simon Wants to Jump

Let me start off this lesson recap blog post by noting two very important things. One – my trainer said that if we had been able to ride consistently for the past two months, we wouldn’t be having any of the problems we’re having. Two – a barn friend’s boyfriend took pictures of our lesson, and he’s basically the best person ever.  I owe him brownies. With that being said, I’m going to keep this on the shorter side today…

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Equestrian Gifts To Get Your Husband for Valentine’s Day

Equestrian Gifts To Get Your Husband for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Many of us horse lovers will secretly hope for an equestrian themed gift for us.  Some nice pony themed jewelry, a new saddle pad or halter… all great options for the horseback rider in your life. However, I think we are grossly under looking the gift potential for our husbands. Open any equestrian catalog and you will find a plethora of horsey gifts to get your husband for Valentine’s day this year. You know, to…

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Confidence is a Moving Target

Confidence is a Moving Target

I haven’t written about my rides much lately for several reasons. At first, they were super bad.  Simon was protesting the inconsistent riding and lack of jumping in the best ways he knows how – being super anxious and rushing through everything.  No listening to my seat.  No softening at the bit.  The wonderful flatwork we had worked so hard to get last fall disappeared, so I got super down about it. Obviously he has ulcers.  Needs a chiro visit….

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Equestrian DIY – Make Your Own Baby Pad

Equestrian DIY – Make Your Own Baby Pad

When the saddle fitter told me that I needed to ride with thinner baby pads that had wither clearance, I hit the online tack stores to shop.  Unfortunately, most baby pads are square with no room for Simon’s shark withers.  I still want to order a custom Ogilvy or two for showing, but in the meantime I decided to hit up my sewing machine to get some baby pads for schooling. I started with 1 yard of quilted cotton fabric,…

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Simon Remembers He’s A Racehorse

Simon Remembers He’s A Racehorse

Some weekends are super refreshing, filled with lots of downtime and moments that say “Ahh, I feel so lucky to be alive and I’m so relaxed and recharged!” This was not one of those weekends for me. The bright side was the barn.  I got to ride in the sun for three days in a row, and my horse was really well behaved.  We even got to model some of our new stuff, and despite my riding flaws… I feel…

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Stepping Down to Move Forward

Stepping Down to Move Forward

When my husband took riding lesson (oh so briefly), he got very frustrated that riding wasn’t a linear progression sport.  I basically said “duh!” and expressed that it’s often one step forward two steps back… or at least feels that way. Yet, I forgot my own advice recently. This winter has been rough on us for riding consistency.  Not many barns in Texas have an indoor, and that includes us.  We’ve had tons of rain lately, and I’ve been lucky…

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Pony Mom Moments?

Pony Mom Moments?

It’s no secret that I’m a reality TV junkie.  Cancelling my cable subscription years ago did not curb my love of trashy TV.  Instead, I just watch trashy reality TV for much cheaper than I used to.  It works for me. So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw “Dance Moms” appear on my Netflix queue.  It’s completely over the top ridiculous.  Mix over involved mothers with too much money, wannabe diva children, and a fairly verbally abusive dance…

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DIY Horse Show Ribbon Shadowbox

DIY Horse Show Ribbon Shadowbox

I will never be one of those people who throw away ribbons. Being able to show horses has been a life long dream for me. I’ve worked really hard to win and also pay for all of these ribbons. You can bet that I want them out where I can enjoy them instead of locked in a box or thrown away! Even that being said, my ribbon area was looking a bit hodge podge lately. I had stuffed Elvis’ entire…

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