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Author: Lauren Mauldin

I write about the things I love, the people I miss and the animals that have been by my side through it all.
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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My Pandemic Year in Photos

My Pandemic Year in Photos

I remember sitting in my therapist’s office in the before times. It was around the middle of March, the last appointment I had with her in-person, and the pandemic was just starting to ramp up. “I wanted to check in with you about Covid19, and see how you were feeling. I know some of my clients have a lot of anxiety about getting sick.” The only sickness I thought much about back then was Pascale’s cancer, and doing everything I…

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Embracing My Natural State as a Judgy B

Embracing My Natural State as a Judgy B

People watching is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. Horse showing, as we all well know, is one of my favorite activities. Since my nerves can be… challenging… sometimes I prefer to be at the actual horse show more than I want to be riding in it. And, though it is not a great character trait, I love judging people. You can probably guess where I’ve been doing with all this. In the past year, I’ve been…

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