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Year: 2021

Intuitive Eating Journey (So Far)

Intuitive Eating Journey (So Far)

A few months ago, I wrote a post for The Plaid Horse, called “I Am a Fat Equestrian and I’m Never Dieting Again.” This is not required reading, but gives a lot of background and context to what I’m about to write. The short version is that somewhere along the way, the idea that plus size equestrians could never be as good as thin (I won’t even say street or midsize because body shaming is very intense in the hunter/jumper…

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The More I Think I Know, The More I Don’t Know

The More I Think I Know, The More I Don’t Know

Every time I change trainers, which admittedly isn’t often, I realize how little I know about riding horses. When I moved to California, I had the (oh so silly) impression that I kind of knew my stuff. I mean, Simon and I had shown in all 3 rings, and I’d been riding a long time. I figured our limitations were more about finances, talent, and soundness (for both of us) than anything else. Well, that was a pretty stupid belief…

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Letter to My Younger Equestrian Self

Letter to My Younger Equestrian Self

No matter how old you get, you won’t forget the afternoons you spent alone at that first barn. You won’t forget the way the grass ring felt with its slope on the left side, and how you always had to collect a little at the trot to not go racing away. It wasn’t fancy, but it didn’t have to be. Those four stalls, the wood worn smooth by generations of family horses, were your foundation. And it carries you a…

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Why I Used to Care So Much About Tack, and Why I Don’t Now

Why I Used to Care So Much About Tack, and Why I Don’t Now

When I looked through the 1200+ posts here to re-organize before starting to blog again, one of the things that made me cringe was how much I wrote about tack/apparel. I’m talking wish lists, reviews, giveaways, shopping hauls… all sorts of stuff. Now, some of this makes obvious sense. Popular blogs (whatever that means) often get approached by companies wanting to send product for product reviews and/or giveaways. It’s a marketing strategy for them, and for a time my blog…

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First Week at the New Barn

First Week at the New Barn

Pretty sure Poet thinks this is the weirdest horse show ever! But we’ve been at the new barn for a week now, and I thought I’d write a quick update about how he’s settling in. If you remember from “the” injury from this year, Poet likes to kick stall walls to display his displeasure/impatience. So on night one, he was put in a stall we all thought he’d do best at. Euro doors he could hang his head over, and…

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My Holy Grail Horse Show – Pin Oak

My Holy Grail Horse Show – Pin Oak

Surely I can’t be the only one who obsesses over a horse show? It has to stem from my equestrian upbringing, being very outside of the horse show world for a long time. While I would not trade my fox hunting based experience or education, it did make the fanfare of horse shows seems both alluring and out of reach for a long time. When I did start to show, mostly in college, I felt like a fish out of…

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Two Years of Baby Po

Two Years of Baby Po

Today on the subject of “time flies,” I’ve had my horse for two years. While this seems like a blink of time for me, I realize that it may seem like an even shorter period of time for y’all. Mainly because I’ve barely blogged about Baby Po in my prolonged absences. Truthfully, my biggest takeaway in two years is Oh my god he’s getting SO LIGHT! I’m sure that’s obvious to anyone else, but Poet is my first grey. It’s…

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Making a Big Change

Making a Big Change

My brain is a difficult and confusing place. See, I hate change. So scary! It’s a need for the illusion of control that makes me less prone to rattle things up. The devil you know, right? But on the flip side, I love the way a big, sweeping change can feel like a fresh start. Whether it’s a new week or a new year, I’m apt to rally momentum around a new beginning. The fear of change is one a…

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