Off I Go

I’ll be traveling a bunch this week, and I’m not sure what kind of updates I’ll have, or how much time I’ll have to do them. I’m going to rely on my fabulous trainers, friends, and husband to keep me up on what’s going on with O. Sadly, I am going to miss two of her appointments this week. The massage lady/saddle fitter, and her 3rd dose of IV Legend. And of course, I’ll obnoxiously checking my phone as a jet around this week hoping for more information.

I saw this on L’s blog, Viva Carlos and thought it would be something fun to fill out!

1. Whats your horses name and how did they come by it?
O or Olive (the name she came with). My husband started calling her O (he thought it was really cool), and since I wasn’t a huge fan of Olive, it got shifted in that direction. Other nicknames include, Ollie, pony, and cow (when she’s being slow and/or fat).

2. What are your favorite breeches?
Tailored Sportsman are an obsession.

3. Tall boots or paddock boots and half chaps?
Currently schooling in tall boots, although I’d prefer to only use them for show. That would however, require me to pay up and buy or fix my paddock boots. Time and money I don’t have right this second. Hoping to get them fixed after all my travel.

4. What brand of tall boots do you have(if you wear them)? If you had an unlimited budget what would you get?
I’m a sucker for Ariats. Nice and simple. I’d definitely grab a pair of the Monoco Ariats, however, I have never had custom boots so that also intriques me!

5. Favorite Helmet
I love GPA helmets.

6. Shows or no shows?
I earned my keep (and extra lessons/rides) from working horse shows as a kid! I haven’t shown now since before college and I am craving it! I miss the whole shabang, and can’t wait to get back into it. Until then, I have helped at a few shows and loved every second.

7. Jumping or flat work?
I think flatwork is the basis for everything we do in riding…but yes, I LOVE to jump.

8. Hunters, Jumpers, Cross Country or Derby’s?
In a perfect world, I’d love to do Derby’s! But for now, I’m hanging with the Baby Hunters and loving it. Did some jumpers stuff in high school and thought it was a blast.

9. What other disciplines have you ridden?
Did western pleasure, pole bending (I was awful), cattle herding (with the in-laws). I’d love to spend some time with eventing (how cool is it!?), but so far haven’t had the opportunity.

10. Dressed to the nine or whatever you can find when riding?
For lessons I like to wear a polo (tucked in), breeches, hair in hairnet, gloves. However, it’s frickin’ hot here…sometimes riding tights and a tank top is just 180% more comfortable.

11. Where do you shop the most for you? Your horse?
Smartpak, Dover Saddlery, Horsez

12. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
Urgh… Friday the 23rd…tried to figure out what was making my horse lame. I’m going to be horribly out of shape next time I ride.

13. What tack do you use every ride/day?
I love my saddle, it’s a devoucoux and my best friend. So hoping that the saddle fitter this week is going to tell me it’s not the problem. Also, O goes in a rubber snaffle, front boots, the same girth I’ve had forever (no idea who it’s from), and a Suffock bridle.

14. What are your horses color(s)?
Stable’s colors are blue and yellow….We have a lot of navy stuff. It looks really nice on her. However, my husband wants it to be purple. So yeah, still working on that.

15. How often do you clean your tack?
Oil when it needs it. Usually it get a quick wipe down after every ride of two, and then cleaned once a week or so.

16. What kind of bit do you use?
Hopefully O will love her new rubber snaffle she got the same week she pulled up lame. We couldn’t really tell if it was helping or not because we were staring at her legs.

17. Mares or Geldings?
Mares. I think there is a lot to say about a mare’s attitude…and passion. I like it!

18. What is something you want to improve on in your riding?
As far as my equitation goes, I constantly have to worry about my “broken” hands/wrists. They are a huge problem, and judges have commented in the past on them. Also, I wish I could make my body more quiet…

19. Favorite horse themed quote?
I love the “train like you’ve never won, show like you’ve never lost”. No idea where I’ve seen it.

20.What was your most recent equestrian purchase?
O’s new bit! And a bump pad (which isn’t enough bump and is going back).

Happy Monday everyone!

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