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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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Flat Attack

Flat Attack

It should be no secret to y’all that my horse and I have some work to do on the flat. How he is easier to jump than he is to hack is a mystery to me for sure! After the last show when I didn’t even try to do the under saddle classes, I knew it was time to get down to business on improving this situation. When my friend was visiting, she flatted Simon and made him look like…

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Staycation Pony Rides

Staycation Pony Rides

One of the perks of having a good buddy that is a pro equestrian, is getting no holes barred yearly evaluations of your beloved ponykins.  I wasn’t sure what she would originally think of Mr. Simon pants because she is not always a super huge fan of Thoroughbreds.  It’s not that they are bad horses, but she’s surrounded by the top hunter/jumper horses in the world and that’s pretty much warmblood nation.  Even us OTTB aficionados can admit there are…

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Three Weaknesses and One Strength

Three Weaknesses and One Strength

This is the week of lessons ramping up to the horse show.  Usually I do one group lesson and one training ride for Simon per week, but on a horse show week I’ll swap a training ride for a lesson.  That combined with my usual weekend lesson means a group jumping lesson every other day until we go to the show to school on Friday.  That much instruction means we have to improve… right?  Right?!? Heading to Sunday’s lesson I…

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2013 Goal Progress

2013 Goal Progress

It’s been about a month since I formally declared 2013 goals, so you’re probably wondering why I’m writing a progress post so soon.  Well summer is winding down, and my last three horse shows of the year will be here and over before I know it.  Recently I had a revelation that if I didn’t actually work at attaining these goals, then they would never happen. Well duh, right? So I have been working.  Here’s the progress so far. Get a…

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